I attended a seminar during which we tasted such a wine; 1967 Ch Lespaire, likely a Pinotage based blend, including some Cabernet and some Portugese varieties. 12.2% alcohol it was clean, fresh with great vitality, improving with air in the glass!
South Africa has the oldest viticultural soils in the new world. Such is the diversity that when exploring potential new vineyard sites here they take a soil sample every 10 metres, as opposed to every 100 in Chile! These soils combined with the huge influence of the southern ocean and unique combinations of grape varieties and micro climates give wine styles which are particular to this most vibrant part of the wine world.
This diversity coupled to the togetherness and belief of the growers is really something to behold. To see winemakers from long established estates sitting next to a youngster making only their second vintage in the Swartland happily sharing ideas and tips would be difficult to imagine in other parts of the world.
Some of the wines now being made don’t really have a blueprint, early harvest, some whole bunch, foot trodden, with minimal intervention, the foudres producers of Germany and Austria have been busy making large oak casks destined for South Africa. The results are outstanding with some surprisingly low alcohol wines of concentration and finesse. These are age worthy wines with fascinating flavours at frankly ridiculous prices.
We will expand our offer which is due to land in early November, I am frantically reserving the best wines as we speak.
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Published on 24/09/2015 / By Nick Dagley