Fine Wines of South Africa - Online
Held back as a result of apartheid, for many years South African wines were a watchword in obsolescence and mediocrity.
Those days are long gone and with investment in modern vineyard management and vinification techniques, together with a diversification in varieties to better suit the climate, South Africa is now a delight for wine lovers.
For many years, the staple variety was Chenin Blanc (“Steen” to the locals) and this versatile white grape remains important, but is now grown and vinified with far more care to produce some truly great white wine.
However, it is now for red wine that many wine lovers flock to the South African section for. Signature grape Pinotage, long derided, has been tamed by much improved sympathetic winemaking technique and now delivers a uniquely South African quality wine experience.
Merlot, Syrah and especially Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly from Stellenbosch now produce expressive wines combining real finesse with the power that the warm climate delivers with ease.
Remarkably, compared to many other countries, South African wines remain excellent value for money.
Over three weeks, Gary will talk you through SIX fine South African (2 per evening), explaining the subtle differences that come from the local terroir, wine making techniques and vintage variations.
This course is a must for wine lovers especially lovers of BIG red wines that deliver powerful mouth feel.
Gary will be hosting an interactive Zoom online session for 1 hour (over 3 Friday evenings) limited to just 20 subscriptions to allow everyone to ask questions and participate in the session.
All YOU have to do is purchase a ticket from the Shropshire Wine School website by clicking the "BOOK" button below, as you would normally. A ticket entitles ALL members of your household to join in. There is no need to buy one ticket per person. Once your ticket purchased, you will receive a confirmation email with your ZOOM web link and password 2 days before the event itself.
We have teamed up with Frazier’s Wine Merchants and have negotiated a discount from them for supply the six wines (see below). Please allow one week for delivery. Note, you don't have to buy the wines to attend the online session, that is entirely optional.
£50 for all three sessions. The cost is per subscription, so this could be for 2 people (or more) as long as you are sharing a screen in the same household.
£80.00 for six premium South African wines (10% discount and free delivery). Available from Frazier's Wine Merchants. Click here.
Week 1 – 7th August
• Darling Cellars Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc – For many years the staple of South Africa’s wine industry, Chenin Blanc remains an important varietal today. This example, fermented and matured in oak is a far cry from the basic quaffable wines of old displays both complexity of flavour and length.
• Glenelly Glass Collection Syrah – Much closer in style to classic Syrah from the Northern Rhône in France than many new world examples. Displaying classic black fruit and pepper together with vanilla notes from 12 months oak ageing but perhaps with more weight than most French examples.
Week 2 – 14th August
• Darling Old Blocks Pinotage – South Africa’s signature black grape comes in different forms. This first example has expressive fruit flavours together with vanilla from oak ageing, the high alcohol is beautifully balanced with the fruit making a very easy drinking wine.
• Kaapzicht Pinotage – This example is from one of the top estates in Stellenbosch and shows what Pinotage can do in the right hands. From old bush vines you can almost taste the heat of South Africa in this highly expressive wine. Dark depth of black plum with an opulent, nose of black cherry, mulberry and stewed plum. A real mouthful of flavour follows.
Week 3 – 21st August
• Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon - A fresh, crunchy and vibrantly-fruited palate balances the charming sweeter notes with aplomb. Opulent and deeply aromatic on the nose, there is just a hint of spice that mingles with the raspberry and redcurrant fruit on the palate.
• Kanonkop Cape Blend – Cape Blend is South Africa’ answer to Claret, mixing the signature grape of Pinotage with varieties from Bordeaux. Kanonkop is one of the oldest and highest regarded of wineries in Stellenbosch. Their Cape Blend is a delightful expression of everything that makes South Africa a wonderful wine producing country. The nose is of redcurrants, cherries, spice and a touch of mocha. The palate is lively and fresh, with succulent flavours supported by a firm, yet silky tannin structure.
Places remaining: 5
Course Date/Time: Fri 7th Aug 2020 at 7.30pm
Duration: 3 x 1 Hour
Venue: Zoom (Link Sent By Email)