The farm on which the Ayama Wines are produced is called Slent and is situated on the lower slopes of the Perdeberg, renowned in the early days for the herd of Cape Zebra which lived there. Slent has an interesting past. Stone Age Axes have been found on the property. Sailor Malan, famous WW2 Battle of Britain RAF fighter “ace”, who lived on Slent for 9 years as a child wrote ‘The soul of South Africa lies there’. He is not wrong, it is a special place, I have spent many nights there when the farm was owned by Judy and Chris New.
I was fortunate to receive a gift of a magnum, beautifully packed of Ayama Vermentino 2017 just before Christmas from owners, Michela and Attilio. Vermentino is a Sardinian grape which is now planted all over the world. In southern France it is used as blender for Rosé. The Ayama Vermentino Vineyard was planted in 2014, this vintage, the Ayama Vermentino 2017 is the second release of a wine from this vineyard. Handpicked early in the morning in the first week of March, the grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice was cool clear settled over two days. Half was through fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was transferred to previous fill barrels. The wine was prepared for and bottled in June of last year.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, available in 750ml and Magnum. Closed under natural cork with a white wax dipping covering the cork. The label is beautiful. In the glass, the wine is a pale gold, gem bright. The aromas are of summer fruit, ripe white fleshed peaches and green melon. Vermentino is traditionally dry, and this one has a viscous texture. There is a pink grapefruit bitterness about it which I find very pleasant, some river stone minerality and a touch of kelp. So, here’s the South African benchmark for Vermentino set.
This is a great food wine. Anina Meyer’s Prawn & Coconut Curry is the ideal partner for the Ayama Vermentino 2017. Click here for her recipe.
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