Reunión 106 Marzo 4, 2010 – Vinos de Sur Africa

Notas de Alfonso Sanchez

En la reunion programada para el dia 25 de febrero de 2010 fue realizada dia 4 de marzo por razones de la nieve que caio en la region.  Tuvimos el  agrado de degustar los siguientes vinos  de Sud Africa que presentaran los  senores Wilson Moreira ,  Danin ‘Lula’ Lobo y Euro Alves:

1.   Mundelbosch Chenin Blanc 2008- Region Stellenbosh – Bodega Mundelbosch

Abundant citrus and tropical fruit aromas follow through on the lively palate of this elegant Chenin Blanc. It’s packed with intense, zippy flavors of pineapple, lychee, lemon, and lime as well as delicate floral and spice nuances resulting from the light oak treatment. A touch of late harvest Chenin Blanc adds considerable richness and complexity.

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2.  Private  Collection Pinotage 2008 -Region Stellenbosch-Bodega Spier

Pinotage Wine Information.  Pinotage was produced by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault (The grape type cinsault, also spelled cinsaut, is planted primarily inFrance andSouth Africa but is found in a few other wine growing regions as well. Few people drink Cinsault as its own wine – it is typically used as a blending wine to add flavor to other wine types. It adds a mellow, fruity flavor.  Interestingly, inSouth Africa, Cinsault is known as “Hermitage”. However, in the French Hermitage wine, they do not use any Cinsault.).  Cinsault was crossed with pinot noir inSouth Africa to create Pinotage – one of their more famous wines, and is grown primarily inSouth Africa. Wine was first planted inSouth Africa in 1652 by the Dutch – they used wine on sea voyages to give to the sailors prevent scurvy. In 1922 Professor Peroldt created the Pinotage cross, and in 1952 it was planted. The rest is history – the Pinotage grape ripens early and produces well.

Pinotage has a distinctive flavour, very fruity with an underlying taste frequently compared with banana.  It can be drunk young, to maintain its fruity flavor.  It also ages well, and the mellowing effect allows the wine to taste like a maturebordeaux.  Pinotage pairs well with stews and other rich dishes. It should be served at 61F – warmer than fridge temperature but not “room temerature” in modern times.

A: Pours a moderately dark purple. Nose is interesting with some morello cherry, plum and mild barnyard and smoke. Big juicy plum flavours, good fruit, nice complexity. Definite leather character. Bit of booze on the back end, but not overblown. Very good wine for the price.

The Private Collection Pinotage 2006 (rsp: £15.99) is pleasantly delicate and elegant for the variety, with a lovely nose of raspberries and redcurrants and almost like a Kiwi Pinot Noir in the mouth.

3.  Goat Roti 2007-Regiones Paarl  y  Stellenbosch-Bodega The Goats Do Ram (que integra el grupo vitivinicola Fairview)     A blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier.

When blending Shiraz and Viognier it is beneficial to co-ferment the grapes, as opposed to blending the finished wine which generally tends to have a flavor diluting effect. Co-fermented grapes have a positive impact, as the use of Viognier improves color, softens and elaborates the tannin and gives a slight fragrant lift to the wine.

Pepper and clove aromas with subtle fragrance. Dark bramble fruit flavors balance well with gentle oak and firm tannins. Bold structure with rich, fruit forward flavors.

This has lots of dark, juicy briar, blackberry and licorice flavors, with judicious toast and a lingering cocoa note on the finish. A crowd-pleaser with legitimate complexity. Drink now.

90 Pts Wine Spectator                        Goats do Roam Goat Roti 2007

Tasting note: Vibrant deep red in colour. Bramble fruit with subtle oak aromas. Full and complex, showing richness of fruit. Wood is evident, but integrates Well with dense fleshy fruit flavours. Firm, well evolved tannins lead to a long full finish.

4. Three Cape Ladies 2004 – Region Stellenbosch- Bodega Warwick

A blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 21% Pinotage and 13%Shiraz.

Each component of thisCapeblend offers its own qualities. This vintage shows an explosion of fruit on the nose which is largely attributable to the Cabernet sauvignon and Pinotage components. The Pinotage is soft and sweet while the Merlot andShirazoffers a subtle spiciness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of the blend. Ripe tannins with an innate softness that will mature with cellaring. Full on the palate with a sweetness on the finish. This blend brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varieties.

Food recommendations: Serve with a spicy tomato stew made with sun-ripened tomatoes or black mushroom risotto.

WE around 90 points.

Impresiones de los socios del Club del Vino

por Hugo Benito

Se repartieron 18 formularios y se recibieron 14 respuestas

Transcribo a continuación el resultado de la degustación de los vinos de Sud África presentados por Wilson Moreira, Luis Carlos Danin Lobo y  Euro Alves en el almuerzo del día 4 de marzo  (esta reunión  estaba programada para el 25 de febrero, pero por razones de la nieve fue pospuesta al 4 de marzo). Cabe indicar que la descripción  del desarrollo de la viticultura  en la región y de los vinos a degustar  efectuada por  Wilson  y después complementada por Euro fue excelente, lo que mereció un aplauso de los 18 socios presentes.

Vino Número 1 – Mundelbosch Chenin Blanc 2008-Region Stellenbosch-Bodega Mundelbosch.  Precio $14.Tenor alcohólico 13.3%         Como siempre hubo una  cierta variabilidad en el puntaje dado por los comensales. El promedio fue de 86.5 puntos con una concentración  entre 87 y 90 puntos y un promedio de 88.5 puntos.

Vino Numerous 2- Pinotage 2008-Private Collection-Region Stellenbosch-Bodega Spier      Precio $20. Tenor alcohólico  14.5 % .      La uva Pinotage fue producida por el cruzamiento de la uva Pinot Noir y la uva Consulta (esta vid se planta especialmente en Francia y Sud África). El promedio general del puntaje dado fue de  89.4 puntos con una concentración entre  87 y 91 puntos y un promedio de 89.1 puntos.

Vino Numero 3- Goat Roti 2007  –Region Paarle y Stellenbosch-Bodega The Goat Du Ram. (que integra el grupo vitivinícola Fairview).   Precio $16. Tenor alcohólico 15 %. Este vino, es una mezcla de Shirah 96% y Voignier 4%. El promedio de la calificación fue de 88.1 puntos con una concentración  entre 87 y 90  y un promedio de 88.2 puntos.  Wine Spectator le dio a este vino una calificación de 90 puntos.

Vino Numero 4.-Three Cape Ladies 2004.-Region Stellenbosch-Bodega Warwick.Precio $20.Tenor Alcohólico 14.5% . Este vino es una mezcla de Cabernet Sauvignon 33%, Merlot 21%, Pinotage 21% y Shirah 13%. Este vino tuvo una evaluación media de 89.7 puntos con una concentración entre 90 y 92 puntos y un promedio de 90.8 puntos. Wine Spectator califico este vino con 90 puntos. Como se ve tanto el promedio general como el promedio de la concentración difirieron levemente de esta calificación.

Comentario: Los 4 vinos tuvieron muy buena aceptación por parte de los comensales que disfrutaron tanto de los vinos como de la excelente presentación realizada por Wilson y Euro. Gusto mucho el Pinotage, el que sería interesante incluirlo si se hace alguna degustación  especial de vinos variados.

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