?Thursday 5th August
South Africa is one of the most exciting places to buy wine right now with a host of young growers constantly innovating, experimenting and bringing out the potential of the country's diverse vineyards. Covid has also hit South Africa's wine industry hard. With a fourth ban on alcohol sales having only been lifted this week, South African wineries have faced a crippling year so there is no better time to support their endeavours and buy South African wine. With that in mind we are taking a whistle-stop tour of three wines from three different regions. We start with Chenin Blanc, a grape that has made South Africa its second home having been brought there centuries ago by Dutch settlers, and which often shows a richness and intensity here that makes it more than a match for the great chenin blancs of its homeland in the Loire. Then we turn to Cinsault, a grape that is hard to master, but which in the right hands has something of the fragrance and lightness of Pinot Noir with a smoky, woodsy edge that is all its own. Finally we taste a Rhone blend from the very talented John Seccombe that is so silky, lifted, and ethereal that it sends the mind more readily to the Cotes d'Or than to Chateauneuf. These are great wines and they are going from strength to strength. There's never been a better time to discover and get behind them.
Scroll down to see the wines included in this tasting pack.