On Saturday, join Sam T of Meridian Prime and the crew at Oak and Barrel for a tasting of several exceptional South African bottles (we also sneaked in one California wine, but we won’t tell if you don’t) that are of exceptional quality with an interesting backstory. Be warned, though. One sip and you will be hard pressed (wine pun intended) to leave empty handed.
Kershaw Clonal Selection Chardonnay ($49.99): This stellar Chardonnay makes use of lower-yielding Dijon clones, offering a restrained, mineral-driven style focused on breathtaking elegance that is evocative of the Elgin vineyards where the grapes are grown. Subtle aromatics, with a white fruit character, a rich, smooth palate and complexity gained from especially selected wood.
Eikendal Cuvee Rouge ($11.99): A somewhat atypical blend of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties. Cherry tobacco and lusciously ripe berry kisses are to be found on this medium bodied wine’s palate, whilst smooth, yet fruit-forward flavors inspire easy, everyday drinking – perfect for having a good time with friends!
Two Dogs, a Peacock and a Horse Sauvignon Blanc ($15.99): The wine has a bright green hue and shows an abundance of tropical fruit flavors, including grapefruit and guava. The fruit carries effortlessly onto the palate and is balanced by the richness of the barrel ferment and a dash of Semillon, adding texture and weight to the crisp dry finish.
La Pinot Pinot Noir ($18.99) Our last offering is actually from California, but it deserves a place on the table with the other classic varietals as stylistically correct and brimming with flavor. Bright aromas of violet and fresh berry juice jump from the glass of this cordial wine. On the palate, the promise of the nose is fulfilled with light, juicy red fruit and cola notes balanced with racy freshness and a lifted finish.