Some people hitch up with their childhood sweetheart. Some find ‘the one’ later in life. Others have many ‘ones’.
South Africa has many ‘ones’ too: styles and grapes for wine drinkers to fall in love with.
A group called PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) is a collaboration, sharing ideas and promoting the high quality message of South African wines.
Known for white Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, other varieties making extremely high quality wines are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
PIWOSA held a wine dinner this week at Soho restaurant Quo Vadis. A couple of highlights were:
Ataraxia, Chardonnay 2012, 2009 vintage £18.50 from Stone, Vine & Son. Chardonnay fans are always seeking that harmony of fruit, freshness and body. Good examples, as here, have substance and lift in equal measure. Chardonnay is a fine match for shellfish, crab and Lobster Thermidor.
Newton Johnson, Pinot Noir 2012, 2011 vintage £19.99 from SA Wines Online. If you thought SA reds were all about heft, think again. Burgundy lovers won’t be disappointed with this pretty, delicate wine. Delicious with Quo Vadis’s divine sirloin steak, pickled walnut and grilled asparagus.
Other South African wines highly recommended include the extensive range by the charming Ken Forrester, widely available – see Majestic. Also visit indie wine shop Handford in South Kensington for top quality South African wines.
South Africa has a long standing and pro-active sustainability programme. A bio-diversity hotspot, coupled with a near perfect climate for grape growing, the philosophy is to look to the future, not the past.
See Wines of South Africa’s website for more information.
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