Served this with rump and picanha steak. The steak had a beautiful dry rub that was augmented with bits of crumbled cement that got knocked off the ceiling of the braai, while I was flipping the steaks. The wine also just got that little bit more rarer thanks to my first born knocking his mum’s […]
Shiraz, Petit Verdot Malbec blend that my wife won at a raffle, which instantly makes it taste even better. I’ve had various Brampton wines in the past and they’ve always been solid, but this is exceptional.
In the 1990s English cricket revolved around all-rounders that were average at bowling and average at batting. Unsurprisingly the sum of their parts was average, albeit that they were average at more things than some of their single-discipline teammates. A lot of blends share these characteristics. This however, does not. Jacques Kallis blend.
I have very little experience with Carignan. I struggle not to read it as “Cardigan” and I think it’s a French grape, beyond that I’m clueless. Fortunately I have extensive experience with Shiraz so I’m halfway qualified to comment on this (which is about 49% more than usual). Would’ve benefitted with some more aging, but […]
Soft, supple and lean. Pretty much the opposite of the “tough as old boots” cuts of springbok shoulder I had with it. Picked this up on a whim at pick n pay. Not disappointed.
Smoother than Engelbert Humperdink wrapped in silk and dipped in Galaxy chocolate. Spicier than a Spice Girl after a vindaloo. Highly recommended, and less likely to make a mess of your couch than a chocolaty crooner.
Shiraz based blend that includes Durif, Mourvèdre and several other grapes rare to South Africa. Not as spicy as I previously remember it, but my guests were impressed and it lasted as long as a parliamentary promise, so a solid seven.
Well put together wine, but had a slightly sour taste. A pleasant lack of tannins balance this out though. Might have gone better with something other than “on its own” and the chicken tikka massala after that.
Just like my wife, this wine is way too good for me (and I probably don’t understand it as well I’d like). So instead of irreverent write-ups, here’s the stats: Decanter Gold 2011, SA Top 100 Wine, Veritas 2010 Gold, Gold Medal Michealangelo 2010. 83% Shiraz, 8% Grenache, 5% Mouvedre, 4% Viognier.