Thought it worth providing a review of last Monday’s wonderful South Africa tasting.
As you’ll gather, the event was a huge success, with consistently wonderful wines and consistently friendly and interesting winemakers. Really nice to meet some of the biggest names in South African wine. The wines were consistently clean in style and came across more cool-climate than I expected.
I ended up buying 20 bottles from those shown, either in singles or pairs, with 8 delivered now and 12 (including a magnum of Meerlust Rubicon 2012 ) in reserves. Below are brief thoughts on the wines I thought showed particularly well - hope they are still in stock!
Alheit Hemelrand Vine Garden 2016 (massive, complex, tropical)
Alheit Fire by Night 2017 (clean, crystalline, citrus)
Botanica Mary Delany Pinot 2017 (delicate, easygoing, engaging)
Hogan Divergent 2017 (Musaresque, drinkable, fresh)
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2015 (rich, viscous, blossom)
Lourens Lindi Carien 2017 (blend, balanced, tropical)
Mont Blois Pomphuis Muscadel 2016 (exotic, decadent, unusual)
Naude Old Vines Semillon 2016 (struck match, moreish, wow)
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot 2017 (lovely, tangy, youthful)
Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2017 (elegant, clean, peppery)
Savage Dirt Track Cinsault 2018 (‘smashable’, food-friendly, good value)
Savage Red 2015 (deep, structured, tangy)
The Foundry Syrah 2012 (restrained, subtle, herbal)
Meerlust Rubicon 2012 (fruity, deep, young)
Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie 2018 (complex, energetic, Kabinettesque)
Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2017 (kaleidoscopic, creamy, wonderful)
Van Loggerenberg Trust Your Gut 2018 (chewy, tense, real energy)
I didn’t taste a wine I rated less than 7/10 all evening though!
Was anyone else there?