Erica, Manager of Majestic Wine Stirling, shows the great diversity of South African wines at Majestic…
Growing up with a South African Father I am accustomed to Breakfasts of ‘Mealie Pap’ and evenings spent surrounding a fire with a helping of Boererwors or ‘Bok’. At the time my parents drank French wine… due to the lack of interesting offerings from SA.
Over the last 2 decades South Africa has gone through many different highs, lows and transitions, not least in its wine production. I have noticed a significant increase in the number of new wines being added to our South African range, and so I thought I would take you through some of them.
Bellingham is definitely within my top 5 producers. Their Chenin Blanc is brimming with character, fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavours with a finish of pure honeysuckle, evoking memories of sundowners on the sandy beach at Camps Bay. The Bush Vine Pinotage by Bellingham is a relatively new addition to Majestic, a deep plum colour with rich, ripe, dark fruit flavours and a hint of truffle, the sensual flavours of this pinotage lend itself perfectly to Venison, cooked to perfection on the Braai.
For you Chardonnay fans you can’t go wrong with the Eikendal, not new to us but oh so fantastic… citrus, vanilla and toasty oak. Partner with a hearty fish pie.
The Rustenberg Winery sits at the heart of Stellenbosch, surrounded by old Cape Dutch tradition their extensive range of wines really showcase the diversity of the region. The Sauvignon Blanc is a real classic, brimming with intense gooseberry, green pepper and asparagus flavours, and there is also a slight undertone of passion fruit. The John X Merriman is a showstopper in their range, bursting with black fruit, spice and cigar box aromas it follows onto the palate with hints of mint, subtle oak and rich cassis; the perfect match to any Potjiekos!
Finally the newest addition, DMZ Syrah, produced by De Morgenzon. Rich plum and berry fruits rounded off with a hint of vanilla and spice. Simply sit back and enjoy the DMZ whilst the sun sets…