5 top reds for autumn

Sip along with the autumn colouring of the vineyards.

by: Cathy Marston | 07 May 2013

Kloovenburg Shiraz 2011  R120 from the farm

Did you make it to the Olive Festival at Riebeek Kasteel this weekend? If so, chances are you’d have enjoyed something from this lovely family-run olive and wine estate. Me – I always enjoy the wine more than the olives (quelle surprise) and I rate this wine mostly because it hasn’t jumped on the Swartland band-wagon and increased its price, rather staying good value and honest with straightforward black fruit, silky tannins and a lengthy finish. Yum.

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  R120 from the Bergkelder

This arrived on my doorstep accompanied by a nifty little box of gourmet salt which is quite cool. It’s also a good idea to put salt with such a big oomphy wine as this one as salt softens the tannins and makes the wine even more more-ish than it already is. This is a great food wine – cries out for casseroles, curries and roasts – with elegance, fragrance and charm in abundance.

La Motte Shiraz 2010  R131 from the farm

‘An utterly delicious wine.’ That was the verdict of my WSET Level 2 course who tried it with me some weeks ago, in fact, they enjoyed it so much, I had some difficulty persuading them to put it down and move onto the next one. This has got some lovely additions in the form of tiny amounts of Grenache, Tempranillo, Cinsault and Carignan giving it a real Mediterranean flavour. Soft, silky tannins, elegant and lengthy finish and it is – as the students said – utterly delicious.

Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir 2009  R170 from the farm

This is a great autumnal drink – it makes you think of leaves falling, long walks in the woods and home for mushrooms on toast. Or maybe that’s just me – anyway, it’s the lightest of my five wines but still gives you a mouthfilling glug of berries and cherries with soft silky tannins and hints of earthy, forest floor. If it’s a sunny autumn day, then chill it. Otherwise, cook up something fun and funky and enjoy.

Oldenburg Vineyards Rhodium 2010  R330 from the farm

Finally! I’ve been pestering Simon Thompson, winemaker at Oldenburg, to make a blend for a couple of years now so I was delighted to be invited to the unveiling of Rhodium a couple of weeks ago. This is 50% Merlot with the balance made up of 10% Malbec (a small but vitally important element) and 40% of that Banghoek favourite, Cabernet Franc. It’s elegance personified with black fruits twisted up inside smooth, creamy oak and a long finish. Well worth the wait!


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