Advent Calendar #5 2018…

The Giant Periwinkle Blanc Fumé 2017 – for Advent Calendar #5

When you are an Advocate at the Bar in the City of Cape Town, you are more than likely to get things  right. When you tackle something outside of what you do as a profession, like Pierre Rabie, you tend to follow the rules and do the right things and you achieve success. The Giant Periwinkle wines are a result of Pierre’s hard work as a garagiste winemaker. The wines are superb, I have tasted quite a few of them. The Giant Periwinkle Blanc Fumé 2017 is a stunner. A French oak barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc which was then matured in previous fill oak barrels for five months.

Pierre Rabie – Garagiste Winemaker

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. In the glass, it is a pale golden straw colour.  The aromas begin with scrunched up fynbos herbs, delicious sappy ripe white fleshed peaches. There is an undertow of kelp washed up on the beach and drying in the sun. Then the generosity of fruit almost overwhelms from entry through to the long and gently waning aftertaste. There is a concentration of grapefruit, sweet tropical limes and blackcurrant. We must remember that this is a parent grape of Cabernet Sauvignon, hence the cassis flavours. The acidity is rapier fine and very refreshing and it interwoven with savoury flavours. Lovely wine, great glass.

Dianne Bibby’s Prosciutto, Strawberry & Feta Salad

No quaffer this. A tremendous sipping with for sundown or at the heart of a meal when it is matched to something like Dianne Bibby’s Prosciutto, Strawberry & Feta Salad, the prosciutto will chime with the savoury notes in the wine. Click here for her recipe.

Read more about Giant Periwinkle Wines – CLICK HEREDelheim Chardonnay Sur Lie 2016

Delheim, on the slopes of the iconic Simonsberg in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation is owned and managed by the Sperling Family, long known as producers of fine wines. Spatz Sperling, the late patriarch, was a character larger than life. If ever there was a group at a gathering and there was outrageous laughter, Spatz was usually in the middle of it. He named one of his wine Spatzendreck [Sparrow poo] and has a picture of a sparrow doing his business into a wine barrel. He had a sense of humour but had a serious side too. He stood shoulder to shoulder with the pioneers of Stellenbosch wine. He made some outstanding wines, the Grand Reserve amongst them.

Spatz Sperling, the Lion of Delheim

Today his son Victor and daughter Nora steer the ship. The Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie 2016 is an indication of the seriousness with which they produce wine. The grapes come from the Protea Block on the Simonsberg mountainside and Akkerboom on Delvera on the slopes of Klapmutskop.  The average yield of these two vineyards was 6.5 tons per hectare.  The grapes were hand-picked, taken to the cellar and cooled overnight. They grapes were whole bunch pressed the following day. The juice was left overnight to settle as clear as possible and then racked to a combination of 228 litre and 500 litre French oak barrels, of which 30% were new. After fermentation, the wine spent nine months on the lees. 20% of the barrels were allowed to complete malolactic fermentation before the wine was prepared for bottling.

Victor Sperling & Nora Sperling Thiel

From a Burgundy shaped bottle closed with natural cork. In the glass, the wine is a pale straw colour, with lime green flashes. The aromas are of windfall oranges, sweet tropical lime,  golden delicious apples and oak and its concomitant spices. All the aromas are realised on the palate where they mingle with ripe white fleshed peaches and ripe green melon. All in perfect harmony and balance as the go through to the long and gently waning aftertaste.  This is a wine built to age and, if well cellared, will reward you in three four or five years after harvest.

Justine Wall’s Avocado Ritz, slightly jazzed up from the 1960s

This is a food wine and please allow me to go a bit retro and suggest that Justine Wall’s Avocado Ritz is a great partner. Click here for her recipe.

Read more about Delheim Wines – CLICK HERE



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