Wine Choice For September

By Johan Liebenberg:

“You don’t always want to drink a very expensive wine.” These were the words (roughly quoted) spoken by one of the world’s foremost wine writers, Jancis Robinson, at a talk I attended some time ago. It struck as being apt. The author Nabokov wrote something in similar vein, saying you don’t always want to drive a Rolls Royce down to the corner store. If you drink the best, the most expensive, all the time, your palate will become jaded (and your bank balance deflated.)

On a more down-to-earth level: Despite fancying myself as a bit of a foodie, I sometimes sneak out for a burger at MacDonald’s.

Once in a while, however, there comes a wine that is both good and cheap. Such a wine is Obikwa Shiraz 2009 which was crowned by South Africa’s WINE Magazine as ‘Best Value Shiraz’ at the Global Trader Shiraz Challenge this year.

But that was not all: it achieved a 3-star rating when pitted against other SA Shiraz wines, irrespective of price, thus showing its intrinsic value.

Despite fancying myself as a bit of a foodie, I sometimes sneak out for a burger at MacDonald’s

On the palate there’s an abundance of plums and berry flavours supplemented by rich spice. Beautifully smooth yet with respectable tannin structure. Velvety on the tongue.

Oddbins are the only ones at present stocking the Obikwa range. The Shiraz’s recommended selling price is ₤4,99. Obikwa wines are made in South Africa

Here’s a first release that’s been keenly anticipated in the wine industry. It’s the 2009 & CO Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is unique and the first sip proves to be a heady experience as you are met with an assault of passion fruit and guava, spice and honeysuckle lime ending with a luscious long palate.

This is undoubtedly a vineyard wine. Its wondrous flavours could only have been produced in the vineyard. One day perhaps they’ll start handing out medals to vineyards too. They deserve a bit of the limelight, as well, don’t you think?

Lea & Sandeman, one of the foremost London wine merchants will be selling this wine at £12.95. They have a number of cellars in the city.

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