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Into The Heart Of South Africa Thursday 26/02/15

Hosted by Lee Isaacs

The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB.

I love the wines of South Africa but more than that, I love the story and history behind them. For a country with such a long tradition of growing the vine their success and quality is relatively new. For this tasting I wanted to cover some of that history and discuss why it is only in the last 30 or so years that things have really started to happen.

This was a classic masterclass style with lots of tall tales and humour, including the idea of swimming in a wine lake and what variety would be suited to that. Each wine showed well and really contributed to the overall narrative that South Africa is exciting, different and creative. The star of the show however was the absolutely magnificent Boekenhoutskloof Syrah. This wine had a wonderful depth of black fruit, gentle spice and well handled oak across the nose and palate and was incredibly smooth, rich and long lasting. Superb.

Lee Isaacs - Branch Manager

WINES TASTED:

Ghost Corner Sauvignon/Semillon

Edgebaston The Berry Box

Rust en Vrede Estate

Raats Cabernet Franc

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah

Vin de Constance