This is a Culinary match made in heaven!
This year the Shiraz and Charcuterie festival took place at the picturesque Anthonij Rupert Wyne Estate in Franschhoek. The perfect Autumn outing as you sip and savour your way through some of the country’s finest Shiraz.
A number of top Shiraz wines with alluring notes of spice and dark fruits were available for tasting along with delicious local and imported cheeses, cured meats, artisanal breads and olives.
TOKARA – RESERVE COLLECTION SYRAH 2015
This beauty holds a deep plum colour and impresses on the nose with intense aromas of blueberries, ripe plums and cassis. Wafts of all spice and violets are also added with time. Anticipate a full, opulent palate brimming with ripe red and black fruit. Chalky tannins coat the mouth without coming across as dry or antagonistic. All in all, a wine that shows wonderful balance between being fresh and graceful, yet ripe in flavour.
TOKARA is situated on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass about 5km from the historic winemaking town of Stellenbosch.
WATERFORD ESTATE – KEVIN ARNOLD SHIRAZ 2015
The Waterford Wine Estate Kevin Arnold Shiraz contains just a splash (8%) of Mourvèdre to add another dimension to this outstanding red. Take a whiff and perfumed floral aromas and clover pepper spice leap from the glass, joined by liquorice and delicate leather. The aromas on the nose follow onto a smooth palate that has natural acidity and classically dry tannins. All the elements of this wine are in fine balance and display the typical varietal features of a fine Shiraz.
Nestled in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley within the Stellenbosch region, this estate is a paradise of groves, lavender beds, rolling lawns and water features. Guests will delight in the unique wine tasting experience, presented as a wine and chocolate pairing.
LEEUWENKUIL – RESERVE RED 2017
2017 has a distinctive perfume on the nose backed by the aroma of caramelized plums. The palate offers an abundance or pure red fruit: cherries, cranberries and plums with a peppery and savoury finish. It is a fresh wine with great depth of flavour and complexity, finishing long and begging another sip!
Leeuwenkuil, or “Lion’s Lair”, was given its alluring name as a tribute to the ferocious Cape Lion that roamed the farmlands hunting unsuspecting cattle. Watering holes in the area were frequented by these lions, who posed a great threat to local cattle farmers. Luckily for the Dreyer family, Leeuwenkuil’s land was perfectly suited for growing vineyards.
LA MOTTE – SYRAH VIOGNIER 2016
A blend of Syrah and Viognier. Good colour and tight, concentrated tannins from the Walker Bay area are combined with spicy, intensely-flavoured wine from Elim, to produce a wine full of flavour and complexity. Intense aromas of green pepper, mulberry, rose perfume and spicy oak are present. Soft, velvety entry with polished silky tannins lively and fresh on the finish.
Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, La Motte is home to some of South Africa’s finest wines, recognized internationally for their exceptional quality. Wine-tastings at La Motte have been a long-standing tradition, offering visitors a memorable experience in a relaxed atmosphere, with friendly, knowledgeable personnel in attendance.
HOLDEN MANZ – SHIRAZ 2013
Deep red color with amber edge. Floral with hints of violets combined with spices and white pepper. Expressive notes of blackberry and blueberry. An elegant wine demonstrating perfect balance between oak and our finest quality Syrah grapes. Plenty of dark fruit with good minerality and long dry finish. Violet flavours linger on the palate.
The Holden Manz wine estate, once known as Klein Genot, is owned by Gerard Holden and Migo Man who first arrived in South Africa in the 1990s and after travelling to many world regions around the world, decide to begin an estate with great wine and a wonderful family environment. It lies between the Franschhoek and Stoney Brook rivers and makes for a perfect setting to walk amongst the vineyards, taste wine alongside the river and picnic beneath the oaks.
HOLDEN MANZ – SYRAH 2017
Intense purple. Beautiful aromas of violets, cloves, star anise, nutmeg and black peppercorns complemented by fresh red berries. Silky smooth entry, showing ripe, soft tannins with beautiful vibrant fruit and spicy flavours. Darker fruits provide a long lingering finish.
HOLDEN MANZ – RESERVE SYRAH 2015
A rich, well-extracted wine demonstrating a perfect balance between oak and our finest quality Syrah grapes. Plenty of dark and stewed fruits with good minerality and a long dry savory finish. Lavender flavors linger on the palate. Balanced acidity, fine tannins.
HOLDEN MANZ – GOOD SPORT 2014
A port made from Shiraz. Ruby red. Intense explosion of berries, stewed rhubarb, candided fruit with hints of cassis. Smooth, soft entry with sweet fruits, a whiff of Sauterne, fynbos honeyed nougat and pleasant acidity on the palate. This wine is rich and warm and has a long length and finish.
MULLINEUX – SYRAH 2016
It has a very fresh, focused nose with more edginess than the previous vintage, offering touches of peppermint and dried herbs. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins.
Mullineux is a highly focused family winery based near the village of Riebeek Kasteel, in the Swartland region of South Africa. They produce a select range of hand-crafted wines from the Granite and Shale based soils of the area.
TAMBOERSKLOOF – KATHARIEN ROSÉ 2018
Light salmon coloured Rose with strawberry, tropical fruits kiwi and papaya and subtle spice notes on the nose, followed by fruit punch flavours on the palate. Katharien has depth, is well integrated, balanced -even spicy. All the fruit is from premier vines and 100% Syrah.
The name Tamboerskloof means the valley (kloof) of the drums (tamboer). When the Dutch settled in the Cape in 1652, lookout posts manned with spotters were established on the hills and mountains around the peninsula. The first spotter was placed where the suburb of Tamboerskloof lies today. These spotters drummed the message of an approaching ship from one lookout post to the next until the farmers in the surrounding valleys heard the drums and proceeded to harvest their crops and hasten to Cape Town harbour with their wagons in order to meet the ship on arrival.
TAMBOERSKLOOF – SYRAH 2015
It’s a Syrah with a dash of Mourvèdre and Viognier. Ruby in colour with a complex nose of fynbos, ripe cherry, fine spices, cassis, currant and ripe strawberry. The well-balanced palate shows dark plum, Christmas cake, Turkish delight and a fine hint of cinnamon. It finishes with soft elegant, chalky tannins.
TAMBOERSKLOOF – KLEINOOD – JOHN SPICER SYRAH 2012
The nose develops with medium, but pronounced intensity, showing pure ripe plum, maraschino cherries, mixed spice, cedar and cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is loaded with cassis, garrigue and meaty flavours and ends with a white pepper finish. The wine finishes in a medium plus body with great depth of flavour, elegant structure and firm, grainy tannins.
MAN FAMILY WINES – SKAAPVELD SHIRAZ 2017
Distinctive aromas of ripe plum and pepper spices, mouth-filling sweet red-berry flavours and gentle tannins characterize this wine. A touch of Viognier was co-fermented with the Shiraz for the aromatic lift it gives to the wine, which emphasises the berry fruit and spice aromas on the nose. Mourvèdre was also blended in to add sweet spice and dried fruit notes. The American oak barrels give a hint of vanilla spice and contribute to the smooth silky tannins.
MAN Family Wines began in 2001 when three friends got together with the aim of making wine that they would love to buy – quality wine with smart packaging, but at price they could afford. Next they needed a name that would unite their three families, but particularly appeal to their wives after they had unsuccessfully convinced them that their winemaking venture was a sacrifice rather than a lot of fun. To keep the peace in the families, they took their wives’ initials – Marie, Anette and Nicky to create MAN Family Wines.
MAN FAMILY WINES – ESSAY RHONE RED BLEND 2017
Predominantly Shiraz with Cinsault, Mourvedre and Viognier. This is a medium-bodied blended red wine with an expressive nose and a soft, lush mouth-feel. Shiraz gives ripe plum and dark fruit notes on the nose and palate. Grenache softens the palate, adding floral notes and together with the Shiraz forms the backbone of the blend. Mourvèdre adds complexity with savoury leather and spice aromas. Cinsault gives red fruit notes and a soft, lush mouth-feel to the final blend. Overall, the wine shows depth and finesse, but with gentle tannins.
SAXENBURG – PRIVATE COLLECTION 2016
The Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz hails from the slightly cooler side of Stellenbosch vineyards towards Kuilsrivier, and as a result, displays great finesse in structure, delicate peppery notes and an abundance of succulent fresh fruit on the midpalate.
The farm Saxenburg which is situated about 30 kilometres from the centre of Cape Town in an area today known as Kuils River was allocated to Joachim Sax who had arrived in the Cape from Germany in about 1691.
STARK-CONDÉ – LINGEN 2016
This unique blend has the typical rich fruit and soft, elegant tannins that are the hallmarks of Jonkershoek Valley wines. The relatively high percentage of petit verdot adds an intriguing wild perfumed note to the wine. It’s fruity with an excellent perfumed nose and very soft, round tannins.
Stark-Condé Wines is located in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch. It is a dramatic valley with steep changes in vineyard elevation from 150 to 600 metres, making for a range of sites with distinct characteristics. The Lingen Red blend is a unique single-vineyard wine made from a small enclosed vineyard in the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch. This Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot blend is made and matured by the Stark-Condé team.
STARK-CONDÉ – SYRAH 2016
This wine has a deep purple-tinged colour. Concentrated dark fruit aromas with liquorice and violet and white pepper notes. The palate is rich and broad with layers of fruit and a fine-grained tannin structure.
KEERMONT – SYRAH 2014
The Keermont Syrah 2014 has a warm strawberry red colour. It has an enchanting bouquet of violets, dusty sandal wood and a hint of spicy red fruit. The palate is elegant and soft, and has a clean linear acidity. It has a strong floral character with spicy red fruit and hints of cherry sherbet. The tannins are dusty and dry and the wine has a long earthy herbal finish.
HARTENBERG – DOORKEEPER SHIRAZ 2017
The Doorkeeper Shiraz from Hartenberg Estate provides excellent value for money. A dense, dark black-red in colour, the wine exhibits chocolate, violets and savoury aromas on the nose. The palate is opulent, but delicate, and the tannins ripe and smooth, lending a wonderful drinkability to this red wine. Flavours of vanilla, roasted coffee and toasted notes fill the mouth, leading to a lengthy savoury finish.
HARTENBERG – SHIRAZ 2016
Peppery spices, cassis and fruit cake combines well with Karoo shrub notes and perfumed violet notes on the nose. The palate shows rich, red fruit, soft tannins and a savoury, succulent finish.
HARTENBERG – THE STORK SHIRAZ 2015
Voluptuous aromas of ripe dark and red fruit combine with spicy notes on the bouquet. The palate shows an abundance of berry flavours, smooth, silky tannins and a bold finish.
The Stork Shiraz honours the late Ken Mackenzie, pilot, businessman, farmer and benefactor. Stork was Ken’s Second World War nickname (as he was tall with long thin legs and a Spitfire pilot) and Shiraz was his preferred red wine. This limited volume wine represents a vineyard selection of Shiraz from a specific site that is planted solely on clay–rich “terra rossa” type soils.
HARTENBERG – GRAVEL HILL SHIRAZ 2006
Dark-centered, black-red and ruby rim. Outspoken, black fruit with violets, cloves, smokiness and black pepper on the bouquet. The palate shows sweet ripe fruit, spicy oak, elegance and rich, dry tannins made for the long haul. The palate ends with a lingering, savory finish–all iron fist in velvet glove.
ERNIE ELS – PROPRIETOR’S SYRAH 2015
From the stellar 2015 vintage, the Proprietors Syrah immediately shows a deep crimson core and bright purple hue. The nose boasts ripe plums, paired with perfumed aromatics and a whiff of white pepper. A wine with great presence, the palate is inky and bold, laden with blue-berry jam and raspberry compote notes. Hints of charcoal, wet clay, sizzling bacon and star of anise deliver a layered complexity that contrasts the pure fleshy fruit. The finish is towering, building towards a dry, yet focused and rewarding tail.
EAGLES NEST – SHIRAZ 2015
In appearance the wine is a vibrant dark purple. Intense aromas of ripe berries and cherry greet the nose, along with crushed red pepper kernel. The tannins fill the mouth and pepper spice and toasted coconut dance on the palate. The taste profile is rounded out by warm baking spice and dark berries, creating a multilayered and complex wine.
BOSCHKLOOF – SYRAH 2017
Complex and attractive bouquet of oriental spices with typical Shiraz smoked ham and white pepper flavours. Good intense ruby colour. Full mid-palate with a long soft finish. Well balanced wine with spicy type plum and berry fruit flavours and peppery overtones that finishes with soft round tannins.
BOSCHKLOOF – EPILOGUE 2017
Modern Rhone in style this wine has a lot of perfumed aromas with hints of black and white pepper. Great concentration on the mid-palate with silky tannins. A truly well balanced wine. Certified and bottled on the farm.
ANTHONIJ RUPERT – PROTEA SHIRAZ 2017
The nose translates to the palate beautifully, with those rich, fruity, black cherry, blueberry and spicy plum flavours apparent. Lovely star anise and clove vitality with a deep but subtle bonfire tone anchoring the layers. Well-integrated tannin. Soft textured and approachable with impressive length of flavour.
ANTHONIJ RUPERT – CAPE OF GOOD HOPE SOUTHERN SLOPES 2014
Appealing ripe black plum, spice and tobacco leaf notes on the nose. Succulent red and black berry fruit vibrance in the mouth, along with spicy tobacco and turned earth notes. Deep and plush, yet structured with a defined oak backbone. Rich, velvety texture with a long, smoothly rewarding finish.
ANTHONIJ RUPERT – SYRAH 2013
Subtle violet whiff over plum and black fruit aromas. Succulent and juicy, the palate is boldly flavoured with ample plum fruit and spice. Structured and firm with a solid, yet pliable core and appealingly well-knit tannins, it is balanced and layered. Complex and softly textured with a long finish.
BON COURAGE – INKARA SHIRAZ 2016
This Shiraz has a complex amalgam of red berried fruit, with soft tones of chocolate and espresso. It has a round and full mouth-feel showing mulberry, sweet spice and pepper with a silky texture and velvet character.
BON COURAGE – PEPPER TREE SHIRAZ 2017
Ripe red berry fruit reminiscent of spicy plum jam complimented by pepper and vanilla. Full rounded mouth with soft tannins. Red berry flavours and spice follow through from the nose.
Shiraz and charcuterie is a classic combination; the robust flavours created when curing or smoking meat complements Shiraz superbly. This festival is meant for everyone, whether you are a novice wanting to try something new or wine connoisseur on the hunt for fresh discoveries.