WINE Magazine GT Shiraz Challenge Public Tasting

August 11th, 2010 by karen

Christian Eedes and Bruce Jack

This very well attended event, hosted as always at the elegant Mount Nelson, was a fabulous way to spend a Thursday evening!  Bruce Jack was a great choice for guest speaker with his knowledge and passion evident to all!  Its interesting to think where Shiraz has come from in South Africa.  A couple of years ago farmers said they were battling to give Shiraz away and in 2003 less then 70% of our Shiraz vines were older than 3 years.  Now, however, we see typicality in the varietal, truth to the area it is grown in, and are finding more expression in this varietal than ever before! The 10 wines we got to taste were all made using fairly similar techniques, and similar alcohols but not one winery was within the same area.  With South Africa having one of the most differential soils in the world the wines thus showed us a myriad of styles, each with their own points of excellence.

The Top 10 order was put together taking tannin structures and fruit into account starting with Rainbows End Single Vineyard 2008 with the most “European style tannin”, through to Bruce’s own Flagstone Dark Horse 2007 made with 100% American oak, still evidently young but sure to open up in the future.  Using a very “rough” counting of hands to find the audience favourite for the evening the honours were split between Saronsberg Provenance (which happened to be the judges favourite………) and Eagles Nest.

Dewaldt Heynes Cellarmaster Saronsberg

The Saronsberg Provenance showed the typical varietal characteristics from well drained Tulbagh soils.  There was an amazing progression of flavour, from savoury and restrained elegance to “someone adding a turbo charger” according to Bruce Jack.  Plush, ultra ripe plums with an incredible concentration of red berries on the entry resulting in a balanced, luscious wine with integrated wood on the end palate – delicious! Dewaldt will be the guest speaker in KZN on the 18th August.

Eagles Nest Vineyards

Eagles Nest, packaged under screw-cap offers an explosion of dark fruit and pine – evidence of its youth.  A full and balanced palate with cassis.  This Shiraz from Constantia has fabulous structure and doe not have overt tannins often found in the cool area.  Stewart Botha is the winemaker with Martin Meinert still helping on a consultancy basis.

The prices of the wines varied from R60 to R200 which as Bruce stated “…… is the best value for quality unprecedented anywhere else in the world”!

If you would like to join for the tasting in KZN at Garden Court Umhlanga on 18th August or Gauteng at our new venue, Sandton Sun on the 26th August please drop Corlien Morris a mail:

See you there!

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