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Marcia Waters MW Selection of the Month –September
Marcia Waters MW joined the Oxford Wine Company as Wine Consultant in January 2012. She completed her Master of Wine qualification in the early 90s and is currently the Chairman of the Education and Examination Board of the Institute of Masters of Wine. She started as buyer for Victoria Wine before becoming Wine Controller at Tesco, Wine Buyer at Rothschild Waddesdon and General Manager at Anglo American Farms UK (who own the famous South African wineries Boschendal and Vergelegen).
The Master of Wine qualification is regarded in the wine industry as the very highest standard of professional knowledge and is one of the hardest exams to pass in any field. The process is challenging and rigorous and there are currently only 300 MWs in the world.
Each month Marcia chooses a wine or a small selection from The Oxford Wine Company that she has particular reason for recommending to you. These wines can be bought individually or together in any denominations.
The September Selection is:
Ondine Chenin Blanc 2010, Darling, South Africa - £10.99
The Chenin Blanc is deliciously full of peach and tropical fruit flavours but with a crisp and clean balance, making you want another glass.
Ondine Cabernet Franc, 2010, Darling, South Africa - £11.55
I love the Cabernet Franc aroma of fresh blackcurrant, raspberry, pepper and leafy herbs. It’s refreshing and ideal for an Indian summer.
It would be wonderful to live in Darling not least for its welcoming name, but also because there are hundreds of species of wild flowers on your doorstep each spring. The rolling hills of veld offer a spectacular show of blocks of vivid colour from these exotic and unique flowers. In amongst the vivid scenery are vineyards producing wonderful fruit which the Basson family have been growing here for over a century on this high plateau, resulting in cool temperatures and surprisingly elegant wines for this part of Africa.