Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof is a hell of a guy. You really can’t overestimate his influence and what he has done for what he calls “the unique selling point of South Africa” – Pinotage.
In Uncorked’s series on South Africa he will explain just why André van Rensburg of Vergelegen was wrong when he said the now classic slogan: “Don’t rape, steal or murder. Don’t make pinotage”. And he also tell us why he loves old bush wines. Here is a teaser (the real series starts in march):
Uncorked is working hard with our new season of tv-episodes for 24HD. We are editing 15 episodes from our South African tour and so it is great fun!
And here is a teaser from our focus on Thelema Mountain Vineyards. Thomas Webb gives us the intel behind the Mint Block Cabernet! So is it the cineol or the clones that gives that minty/eucalyptus flavor?
South Africas Swartland district is “hot” not just climate wise but also hot as in “hyped” in wine loving circles. The likes of Eben Sadie, Adi Badenhorst, Lammershoek (thanks to Richard for the suggestion) and now also Mullineux Wines are setting new standards in a district that until recently was motsly known for rustic an uninteresting reds.
I am now proud to annonce that Mullineux Wines will be one of the stops on Uncorkeds South African Tour that is starting this week. And I am really excited about that visit.
I had Mullineux on top of my wishlist right from the start. Not because the Platter-guide had given them great reviews (even though that is a good reason!) but more so because their Syrah 2008 might be one of the best South African Rhône-influenced wines I’ve ever tasted. I tasted it blind in one of last years tastings of the new releases in Sweden (held by the swedish monopoly – Systembolaget). And it stood out like a beacon. Here there were pure fruit, great concentration and none of those burnt/smokey characters that you can find in south african wines.
And today I got a chance to taste the Syrah 2009 that will be released in Sweden in mars. This is also a stunning wine that stood up to and was not overshadowed by Gugials Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2006 (that is twice as expensive!). Here are my tasting notes on the 2008 and 2009!
Dark red colour
Black berries, spices and oak.Smokey/toasty aromas with minerals, gun powder and black pepper.
Medium bodied and concentrated taste of dark berries (black berries), provencal herbs, black pepper and chocolate/cocoa powder. Notes of oak/vanilla and firm tannins. Great length and balance. Loads of complexity with herbs, berries and oak complementing each other on the palate. A truly wonderful wine.
Dark red colour
Still a bit closed on the nose with dark berries, dried fruits, herbs and toasted oak.
Medium bodied fruitdriven taste of dark berries, liquorice, chocolate leather and herbs. Peppery with good tannins and a spicy and long finish. Still a bit young but will develop.
I asked my swedish Facebookfriends to name their favorite south african wines – and I got quite a good response (see here!). Swedes love south african wine and we got quite a good range at the swedish monopoly.
Therefore it is with great pleasure that I can announce that Ericsson Uncorked is going to South Africa – already next week. Me and videoproducer Björn Lilja are now preparing a seven day tour that will take us from Cape Town and Constantia, south towards Elgin and Walker Bay, then north towards Stellenbosch and Paarl and finally even further north to Swartland and Darling.
And it is quite hard work to choose which among such a number of great wine producers.
So this is my wishlist (in no particular order). Unfortunately we will not be able to visit all of these wineries – but some have already been booked and I am really looking forward to meeting the people behind them. Others have still to confirm. I will keep you posted along the way.
But for now – who or which producers have I missed?
• Groot Constantia
• Klein Constantia
• Constantia Uitsig
• Cape Point Vineyards
• Paul Cluver
• Newton Johnson
• Hamilton Russell
• Oak Valley
• Thelema Mountain Vineyards
• De Trafford
• De Toren
• Le Riche
• Raats Family Wines
• Haskell Vineyards
• Eben Sadie
• Lammershoek private wine cellar
• Groote Post
• Cederberg Private Cellar
• De Krans
• Axe Hill