19th September: South African Newcomers The Old Road Wine Company
- Presented by Kristen Basson
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Opened in December 2018, the Old Road Wine Company is young but blossoming highly individualistic wine producer. Yet while the tasting room and restaurant may be recent developments, the wines have been a long time in the making, with the project being the brainchild of Tim Hutchinson, who runs DGB, one of South Africa's largest independent wine producers and distributors.
With Chief Winemaker Ryan Puttick steering the winemaking way, the Old Road Wine Company is comprised of 13 different wines across 5 exciting ranges, each of which pays homage to the Franschhoek Valley's heritage of prized old vines and fascinating, unique stories. With the goal being to encourage wine drinkers to "savour the interesting", Ryan and his winemaking team work diligently to ensure that the wines reflect the terroir from where the grapes are sourced - particularly in the case of the prized Single Vineyard wines.
"The Old Road Wine Co. Single Vineyard range is premium, with the aim to be as natural as possible. The idea is that the terroir must speak for itself," explains Ryan.
To do this, the Old Road Wine Company vineyard team experiments with smaller quantities of unusual Rhône-style varieties such as Viognier and Grenache Blanc, while the cellar team practices a lot of natural fermentation on certain wines to get fuller ripeness. They also limit the amount of oak used, including using older barrels for maturing wines to achieve more subtle flavours. 2019 also marked the maiden use of amphoras, with two pots for the 35-year-old Chenin Blanc and 84-year-old Semillon respectively.
"We want clean products with minerality and flintiness, to have something unique in its own style,"
While the range is still in its maiden voyage, positive feedback and reviews have seen the hard work of the team receive much deserved praise. The Juliette Sauvignon Blanc from the Quirky Range won Gold at the 2019 Mundus Vini Awards, while the Anemos Chenin Blanc 2016 and Grand-Mère Sémillon 2016 received 93 and 90 points from South Africa's wine magazine Winemag's Christian Eedes recently.
Kristin Basson will take us through this supremely well crafted range of wines whilst giving us the lowdown on the unusual winemaking techniques used to produce them. An ex winemaker herself, Kristin is a seriously engaging speaker who has the rare knack of being able to explain technical detail whilst making it both totally accessible and really interesting
Join us for a rare glimpse into the future with these brand new, highly individualistic and fascinating top quality wines!
15% discount on the night
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