Wine Club (August 2009) – The High Road & Crios Bride

August 1st, 2009 by karen

In 1994 South Africa took the high road of transition to democracy.  Les Sweidan, soon joined by Mike Church, decided to produce a wine that reflected the new beginning of this great nation and called it THE HIGH ROAD.

They have a Classique and a Reserve Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot) blend whose grapes are sourced from the high slopes of the Golden Triangle in Stellenbosch.  The areas terroir of soil, gradient and gentle sea breezes culminate in the creation of fine premium wines which are then barrel matured in French oak.

THE HIGH ROAD is proud to announce awards for both of their latest vintages – the highly respected Investec Winemakers Choice Diamond award for their 2006 Reserve and a silver medal at the 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show for their 2006 Classique. Ntsiki Biyela, their wine consultant for 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages, and has just won Landbou Weekblad Woman Winemaker of the Year 2009.

CRIOS BRIDE is the name given to the girdle of straw crosses (as shown on their elegant label) worn by Brighid, the goddess of life, love and the harvest during her annual festival celebrating Spring.  The CRIOS BRIDE team, made up of winemaker Carla Pauw and Neil Yorke-Smith, have already put themselves on the wine map with their current portfolio of Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc (single vineyard just outside of Darling with a modest yield of 6 tonnes), Chenin Blanc (made from 50 year old bush vines) and a Syrah (depth of flavours and colour with a small amount of Carignan which adds to the spicy character).

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