We Love Unusual Wines
There are many reasons why wine festivals are great, it’s not just that there is a wide variety of wine in one place for tasting. One of my favourite reasons for attending wine festivals is that I get to try new wines that I have not tried before. Trying new wines when I have to actually buy them in the shop or even a restaurant can be an expensive way to find out what I like and don’t like. But when they are all lined up for me to taste at a festival I can quickly find the ones I like and make a note to buy those next time I go shopping.
I presented to my wine club some of the unusual wines that will be at the Capegate We Love Wine Festival on the 26th & 27th of August . Below are 6 stand out wines that you don’t want to miss and some information about them.
Best For: Pool party
v Wine: Balance Winemaker’s Selection
v Producer: Overhex Wines
v Variety: Pinot Grigio
v Price: R45
Pinot Grigio may not be very popular in South Africa yet, but it’s extremely popular in other countries of the world. Pinot Grigio is a great substitute for Sauvignon Blanc, which is probably the most popular ‘summer wine’ in South Africa.
Slightly sweeter and less acidic than sauvignon blanc, this Pinot Grigio is an easy drinking wine which is perfect drinking with or without food.
Best For: Seafood
v Wine: Offspring Cape White Blend
v Producer: Overhex Wines
v Variety: Chenin blanc (60%), Sauvignon Blanc (30%), Viognier (10%)
v Price: R65
Whether you’re enjoying a seafood braai with friends or sitting down to a feast of sushi, this wine is the perfect pairing. Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are familiar varietals to most wine drinkers, but the addition of Viognier makes this wine a little more interesting. It balances the acidity of the wine with a slightly creamier and more complex element.
This wine offers the best of both worlds and is the perfect wine for those wanting to move away from Sauvignon Blanc to something with a more sophisticated flavour profile.
Best For: Braai
v Wine: Thokozani Rosé
v Producer: Diemersfontein
v Variety: Grenache Blanc
v Price: R52
Rosé is all the rage these days, but not the old sweet version of rosé. The new rosé wines are drier and crisper and made from interesting varieties. This particular rosé is made from Grenache Blanc which is a grape variety used a lot in French wines. It’s becoming more popular in South Africa but is still unknown to most. Which makes this a great wine for impressing friends!
The Thokozani rosé has summery flavours of fruit, but it has a bit of acidity which will help it to stand up to the South African favourite, delicious braaied meat.
Best for: Pizza / Pasta
v Wine: The Vineyard Collection
v Producer: Perdeberg Winery
v Variety: Cinsault
v Price: R70
Cinsault is another variety that is popular in France. It’s been around in South Africa for a long time but usually gets blended with other wines. Cinsault is good introduction to Pinot Noir, it tends towards the lighter side and has some similar flavours. It’s a gentle wine and can also be a good introduction to red wines for those who find them to be a bit too heavy.
This wine is the answer to those that want to drink red wine on a hot summer day. Chill this wine by a few degrees and it makes a very refreshing accompaniment to pizza or pasta.
Best for: Steak
v Wine: Peter Bayly Tinta Barocca
v Producer: Peter Bayly Wines
v Variety: Tinta Barocca
v Price: R100
For those that like to try the latest products, this new addition to the Peter Bayly range is worth investigating. Tinta Barocca is a Portuguese grape variety which was most often used to make Port but we’re seeing more and more of it bottled as a single variety wine and South Africa is one of the few countries to offer it this way. We’re happy about that because it makes a delicious wine which has body but is smooth and balanced.
The rich flavours of this wine will complement steak nicely, even if it has a sauce on it.
v Wine: The Pepper Pot
v Producer: Edgebaston Wines
v Variety: Shiraz (80%), Tannat (11%), Mouvedre (6%), Grenache (3%)
v Price: R95
Shiraz is a well-known variety in South Africa, but this wine has a significant element of lesser known varieties such as Tannat, Mouvedre and Grenache. Adding other varieties to the Shiraz enhances and balances the wine. Wine aficionados will be interested in the blend of lesser used varietals but those who are not very familiar with wines will find this a good option as an introduction to fuller red wines.
This wine is full-bodied which means it will stand up to serious food dishes like stews, oxtail, even curry.
So there you have 6 unusual wines that we’ve selected for you. Seek them out and give them a try. There will be other wines that you’ve not heard of too, be daring and taste them. Move out of your comfort zone. You never know, you could find your new favourite wine.
Try all of these amazing wines at We Love Wine on Friday 26 and Saturday 27th August. Tickets cost R70 (including a tasting glass) and are available from Quicket or the door. Once again the Cape Wine Academy will be hosting their free tasting and pairing seminars.
Entry is free but seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For all the info visit www.capegatecentre.co.za
See you there!
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