South Africa and South America - Online
A new era is dawning for everyone involved in classrooms and events. Using modern technology, we can enjoy learning about our favourite wines (and gin) from the comfort and safety of our own homes. This has the added advantage that nobody needs to be the “designated driver”.
Using Zoom video conferencing is just like being in the room with Gary, who will, as ever educate, inform and entertain you for about an hour.
All sessions will be recorded and if you can't attend at the last minute just let us know so you can go through the event at your convenience later.
Why not invite your friends to make it a truly social experience?
Many British wine consumers are big fans of the fruit-forward and full-bodied style common in wines from “the new world” and over the course of four weeks we are going to visit four countries that deliver that in spades.
However, we are going to go beyond the obvious and introduce you to some lesser known varieties to show that there is more to new world wines than Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, although we have those too!
Week 1: 14th October: South Africa
A country with a completely rejuvenated wine industry. Having bounded back from the problems caused by apartheid, South Africa now produces fantastic wines at all price and quality levels.
Out first wine is a Chenin Blanc, still the most planted variety, but this is a far cry from the mass-produced “Steen” that dominated the industry in the past. This wine is from low-yielding vines in Stellenbosch and the wine has been subjected to a very natural processing with minimal intervention, a great expression of its “terroir”.
Our second wine is a Petit Verdot. This variety is a minor blending partner in Bordeaux where the climate is such that no winemaker would dare make a varietal wine from it. Stellenbosch has sun and warmth to spare so we have a fascinating wine to sample. Bags of colour, tannin and body but balanced with elegant spice and fruits.
- Circumstance Chenin Blanc 2019
- Zorgvliet Petit Verdot 2017
Week 2: 21st October: Uruguay
Often overlooked in favour of its two illustrious South American neighbours, Uruguay has a long history of wine-making with strong French and Italian influences.
Our first wine is a blend of Italian variety Arneis and Chardonnay. Tart passion fruit, pineapple skins and floral notes abound on the nose with plenty of refreshing acidity.
Our second wine is Uruguay’s “trademark” variety; Tannat. If you like big, full-bodied red wines with plenty of tannin you’re in for a treat here. Deep purple colour, black olive and dark berry fruits to the fore on the nose and palate with a firm yet supple tannic structure and fresh acidity.
- Vinedo de los Vientos Arneis/Chardonnay 2016
- Vinedo de los Vientos Anarkia Tannat 2017
Week 3: 28th October: Chile
One of the UK’s favourite countries for supplying good value, fruit-forward wines. Here we sample two examples of trademark Chilean wines; Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our first wine is a lovely creamy Chardonnay with plenty of butter and vanilla notes overlaying rich peach and pineapple flavours. This is a well-made “textbook” new world lightly oaked Chardonnay.
Then onto Chile’s principle variety; Cabernet Sauvignon. Our sample has intense nose of dark cherry, strawberry, cedar and liquorice. Juicy and rounded on the palate with firm tannins that combine well with dark fruits, prunes and a hint of roasted nuts leading to a toasty finish.
- Nostros Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2019
- Patria Nueva Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Week 4: 4th November: Argentina
Many of our classroom sessions finish with a wine from Argentina’s signature grape; Malbec and tonight we sample one from cooler Patagonia where the fruit is fresh and the alcohol and body is balanced by plenty of acidity.
For our second wine we head to the epicentre of fine wines in Argentina, the Uco Valley for a delightful “GSM” blend. Dominated by Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre in support we could almost be in Chateauneuf du Pape, except that this is Argentina where the climate is very different. An intensely fruity wine with a long elegant finish.
- Aniello 006 Malbec 2018
- Ver Sacrum GSM 2017
£50 for all four 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. Note: this does not include the cost of the wines (see below).
We have teamed up with Momentum Wines of Oswestry who can supply the exact same wine as I will be uncorking. When you book onto the course we will supply your contact details to Momentum Wines who will arrange delivery of all 8 wines for £125. Note, we do not sell wine, Momentum are the supplying merchant.
Places remaining: 6
Course Date/Time: Wed 14th Oct 2020 at 7.30pm
Duration: 4 x 1 Hour
Venue: Online - Zoom (Link sent by email)