T&C wine critic Jay McInerney returns to South Africa after a 12-year hiatus and finds that the quality of the wine matches the beauty of the region.
Last November I attended the sixth annual Celebration of Chardonnay at the De Wetshof Estate, in South Africa’s Robertson Valley. When I last visited South Africa, in 2004, I was more impressed by the beauty of its wine regions than by the wines themselves, but this time I was amazed at the progress that has been made. South African wine represents extraordinary value, and I tasted quite a few truly thrilling wines, including many exceptional chardonnays.
The judges are drawn from all over the world and are considered the best palates in the business. SA wine fundi Fiona McDonald is the Regional Chair for South Africa and well known sommelier—head of the Sommelier Association of SA—Higgo Jacobs is one of the judges on the panel.
This year two SA wines were voted Best in the World at the Awards, a no mean feat when one considers the competition.
Anthonij Rupert Wyne has introduced another first for South Africa, a premium Provençal style rosé that pays homage to Jean Roi, the French Huguenot from Provence who pioneered the L’Ormarins Wine Estate’s 300-year-old viticultural history.
Cape Town's culinary culture is alive and booming! The vibrant Mother City recently won first place in Conde Nast Travelers Best Food Cities in the World 2016 and is spoiled for choice when it comes to great wines as it's surrounded by award-winning wine estates.
La Motte is delighted to have the current vintages 2014 La Motte Syrah and 2016 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc as well as the soon to be released 2015 Pierneef Syrah Viognier listed under South Africa’s top 100 wines by the National Wine Challenge.
Simonsigs very exciting new release of the Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015 vintage.
"A beautiful rich gold with a hit of honey on the nose, it’s a full-bodied tipple well-suited to the South African palate. Paired with the macarons, I had a ‘Eureka!’ moment." Sonia Cabano