Grapevine Archive for Quoin Rock
Football fan or not, South Africa is sure to catch your attention this year, as the Cape prepares to host the 19th World Cup (11th June to 11th July). The PR machine is already rolling, showcasing South Africa’s vivid culture, its stunning scenery, its increasingly acclaimed wines, and of course its passion for football.
I was lucky enough to get a private tour of the beautiful new Cape Town stadium just prior to completion and that, coupled with the infectious excitement across all shades of South African society, will ensure that I tune in with greater personal interest than football usually inspires in the Locke household.
The most important part of my December visit, however, was to discover new wines, whether from estates completely new to us or revisited after some absence. I also tasted new wines and vintages with our favourite producers. The target – a particularly difficult one in a region as diverse and exciting as the Cape – was to select our top thirty wines, from the affordable everyday to the drop dead gorgeous, for our South Africa offer later this month. One theme emerged strongly and sits successfully in both camps: Rhône grape varieties, for whites and rosé as well as reds, and we will offer our pick of the best. Another that springs easily to mind is the braai, or South African barbecue, which celebrates the wonderful combination of fine, fresh food, delicious flavourful wines, and an unmatched landscape – usually with sunshine thrown in!
You will find a selection of BBQ friendly wines in a mixed case in our April List and still more in the offer itself. One winemaker who does both with apparent ease is Carl van der Merwe, from Quoin Rock in Stellenbosch -= one of our ‘one to watch’ recommendations.