Smooth, Accessible wines
In the last two decades, South African wines have taken a quantum leap forward. Since its readmission to world trade in the 1990s, the country’s wine industry has excelled and consumers are keen to explore what SA’s winemakers have to offer, writes Gillian Hamill
16 October 2014 | 0
Liberated by the advent of democracy, the South African wine industry has gone from strength to strength. According to Wines of South Africa, exports more than doubled between 2003 and 2013. Currently, more than 3,323 farmers cultivate some 99,680 hectares of land under vines. Some 275,600 people are employed both directly and indirectly in the wine industry. The annual harvest in 2012 amounted to 1,414,483 tonnes, of which 79% was used for wine. Demonstrating the pace of growth in the industry, the annual harvest in 2013 amounted to 1,498,702 tonnes, of which 79% was again used for wine.
Refreshing fruit profile and smooth style
Two Oceans, one of South Africa’s wine success stories has been given a lighter, brighter and fresher look to reflect the refreshing fruit profile and smooth style of the wines. Proudly distributed by Febvre & Company, Ireland is the first European market to unveil the brand’s eye-catching new look.
It’s one of the most extraordinary places on the planet, along the southern tip of Africa, where two mighty oceans meet. Like an attraction of opposites, the warm Indian and the icy cold Atlantic oceans connect to create an awesome chemistry. It impacts on the climate and the coastline and extends way into the vineyards of the famed Western Cape.
In the Western Cape, the winter rains soak the soils and summer warmth ripens the vines but slowly. Cooling sea breezes and mists lower the temperatures so the grapes can develop in their own time with flavours that are intense and plentiful.
The vineyards for Two Oceans wines were specially selected for their cool slopes and moisture-retentive soils which allow dry land cultivation. All are within sight of the sea. The result is wines of charm and character that can be enjoyed young, but which have the necessary backbone to develop in the bottle.
Two Oceans Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon retail nationwide; On shelf at €12.00
Juicy and generous
Richmond Marketing is the distributor for the 56Hundred wines from Distell which is South Africa’s largest wine company. The 56Hundred range is part of the legacy left by Distell’s original winemaster. He started a legacy in 1791 by having faith in the future. This gave him the courage to invest 5,600 guilders for a life of lasting great taste. The brand states every vintage is worth the wait, with smooth drinking every time and juicy and generous wines with vibrant fruit flavours.
56Hundred Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Tradition and talent blend with passion, precision and patience at Nederburg, where classically structured wines are made with vibrant fruit flavours. Nederburg’s hallmark combination of fruit and finesse continues to be rewarded around the world. The Paarl winery has earned five-star ratings for three wines in the 2012 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide. Three five-star ratings is the highest number achieved by any producer in the new edition of the guide and Nederburg shares this distinction with two other wineries. In 2011, Nederburg was chosen as Platter’s Winery of the Year, with an unprecedented five wines across the multi-tiered range earning five-star ratings. The winery brought home six gold and six best-in class ratings from the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London and won two double gold and nine gold medals at the 2011 Veritas Awards, South Africa’s National Wine Show.
The range also includes 56Hundred Pinot Grigio 2014. Cellarmaster Razvan Macici was crowed the 2012 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year and the winery itself announced the South African Producer of the Year at the 2012 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC). These are just some of the many accolades earned by Nederburg where hand-crafted, micro-cuvée for specialist wine lovers and beautifully balanced and accessible wines for everyday enjoyment are made with equal commitment.
Razvan Macici heads the team as Nederburg cellarmaster. He is supported by two winemakers who work closely under his direction. They are Wilhelm Pienaar, who produces the red wines and Natasha Williams, who makes the whites.