Amidst great hoo ha... And much media hype... Gordon Ramsay was at the Sydney Show, but so was AfriCape Wines, a company that has been importing South African wines into Australia for the past seven years!
AfriCape Wine's stand at the show attracted many Saffers, who were delighted to find familiar wines from South Africa. Cries of “oh my gosh, JC Le Roux”, and “Pinotage... honey, can I get a case, please?” could often be heard. E 12 was AfriCape's stand, and on setting up, I discovered it was so alone and ‘eensaam', but this worked to our benefit. ‘n Boer maak altyd ‘n plan ne?! We were able to extend into the walkway when it got very hectic, and so were able to serve our great South African wines to many more visitors.
Let me share what was on offer:
JC Le Roux – La Chanson: This grand ol' dame proved once again, to be a firm favourite, with its blend of Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc. It is a lively low alcohol strawberry plumy sparkling wine fit for any occasion whether it be watching cricket, rugby, the sun set... whatever!
Vergelegen Chardonnay: With it's pale golden green colour, not too heavily wooded and of course, with the iconic status of the wine estate that backs it, this wine tasted like nectar! Even to the Ozzies!
Kumkani Sauvignon Blanc: We were in two minds as to whether we should take this Sauvignon Blanc due to the high exposure of its blend already on this market. (Australia and New Zealand are known for their Sauvignon Blancs.) But it was so refreshing to experience the remarkable clean fruity tastes Kumkani brings. Ripe figs, Cape gooseberries, and, of course, it goes so well with goat's cheese! Mmmmm! And everybody agreed, that this wine is different to any Sauvingnon Blanc they'd ever tasted!
During the show we also offered a Pinotage Tour to the Cape. Pinotage is a red wine grape that is South Africa's signature variety. It was bred there in 1925 as a cross between Pinot noir and Cinsaut (Shiraz). It typically produces deep red varietal wines with smoky, bramble and earthy flavors, sometimes with notes of bananas and tropical fruit, but has been criticised for sometimes smelling of acetone.
Our tour included the following:
Beyerskloof Pinotage 07: This was the start of the Pinotage Tour. Beyerskloof is Mr. Pinotage himself so we were setting a high benchmark for our Pinotages, and this one certainly sat very well on the palate!
Kumkani Pinotage 06: This Pinotage found such good favour with those that indulged and its velvety satin smooth tastes, with its earthy after notes will be remembered by all. Of course, Pinotage is made for winter meals and goes excellently with spicy foods, bringing those spicy Shiraz notes to the fore, with a long aftertaste of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Diemersfontein Pinotage 2008: For sure this party lady had the full regale on! The wine maker remarks “this is the one”… and he's not wrong! It's coffee, chocolate, toffee, but also with smoky bacon tastes coming through. In fact, one young Ozzie bloke said: “Wowie, this is like sitting next to the camp fire with smoky sausages in your face.” We sold the supply that we'd taken with on the second day of the show!
Jean Wethmar from AfriCape Wines can be contacted on 0423 306 481 or via email on jean.africape@ bigpond.com. For more information on AfriCape Wines see http://www.africapewines.com/.