If you’ve never tasted the wines of South Africa, you need to start – now!
Arguably one of the globe’s most overlooked wine regions, South Africa hammocks the continent of Africa between the Atlantic Ocean on the west, and the Indian Ocean on the East. As an emerging New World producer, South Africa enjoys some of the world’s oldest wine growing soils and most diverse ecosystems, including the UNESCO World Heritage Fynbos (meaning ‘fine-leaved’) ecoregion, home to one of the planet’s largest biomes.
These tasting notes compliment my forthcoming South African artisan winemaker interview series featured in Paris-based BKWine Magazine.
The wines here showcase the talent of Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black woman wine maker, and winner of South Africa’s Woman Wine Maker of the Year award in 2009. Biyela blazed her career at boutique winery Stellekaya, and has since moved on to form her own label, Aslina, named after her grandmother, a huge influence on her life. She’s also captured the attention of Mika Bulmash of Wines for the World, who tapped her for Suo | The Collaboration Series – also featured here – a collaboration with Napa Valley winemaker Helen Keplinger.
Brilliantly original, a fierce grace marks these wines, reflective of both the winemaker and her native land.
Wine: Suo Red Collection № 2 (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec.)
Parra takes detailed notes on soils found on research sites.Photo by Kimberly Hasselbrink.
International expert digs into Willamette Valley
By L.M. Archer
Pedro Parra, wiping his sweaty brow, heaves a soil-smeared pickaxe from the chest-high pit surrounding him. A backhoe looms above the burly, bearded man, a silent sentinel and partner-in-crime to this scene of calculated destruction stretching under Oregon’s late afternoon sky. Parra sighs and hoists himself out of the hole, dusting dirt off his smudged jeans and shirt.
Since I couldn’t make the trip to South Africa, WOSA graciously offered to host a series of interviews via Skype with three of the country’s top artisan winemakers. Each winemaker brings a unique perspective to winemaking in South Africa today, particularly with regard to the topics of terroir, technique, and global perceptions. You may subscribe to my site for future details about the winemakers profiled.
Conn Creek Winery Small Lot 2016 Rosé of Malbec.
#wineStudio | Conn Creek Winery Small Lot Experiments – June 27th 6 p PST
Get ready as the #wineStudio community convenes for a final taste of summer!
We’ll explore Conn Creek Winery’s experimental Small Lot Rosé of Malbec 2016 from Antica Vineyard on Atlas Peak in Napa Valley.
Only 67 cases produced – can’t wait to pour forth!
Follow the fun on Twitter: #wineStudio | 6-7 p PST | June 27th 2017
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