DeWaal Wines Signal Rock 2014 & Tracy Foulkes’s Melanzane Parmigiana – 25.07.2017

DeWaal Wines Signal Rock 2014

Every wine has a story, sometimes clinical vineyard and cellar stuff, sometimes a real story filled with history and nostalgia. On a long time owned family farm like Uiterwyk, home to DeWaal Wines, stories go back generations. The de Waal family have owned Uiterwyk since 1864. Jan de Waal, grandfather of Pieter, the current owner, told of early days when horse drawn ploughs were used in the vineyards. Stellenbosch Mountain was covered in a grey shadow and every day at noon, sunlight would shine on a particular rock, a signal from nature that lunch time was upon them. Time to eat and a time to find a tree under which to rest.  This still happens today, but people have watches to tell them when noon has arrived. This phenomena is best seen from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Vineyards on the Estate.

DeWaal Wines Owner, Pieter de Waal

Part of the Estate’s Premier Range, the DeWaal Wines Signal Rock 2014 is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage blend..  The Pinotage comes from the Top of the Hill vineyard. The production from this vineyard is low because of its advanced age of the vineyard, planted some 67 years ago.  The tonnage taken is ever decreasing, and as a result, the Pinotage component will always be small.

This wine could be classed as a Cape Blend, but the Pinotage content needs officially to be at least 30%. The idea of a Cape Blend had its origin at Uiterwyk.  The first Cape Blend was produced on Uiterwyk Wine Estate in 1993, it consisted of 40% Pinotage, 40% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Pieter de Waal was in fact the first person to initiate the drive of the Cape Blend, a unique South African blend containing Pinotage, a truly South African grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon, lead grape in the blend

Chosen as one of the Top 15 Blended Wines at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the DeWaal Wines Signal Rock 2014 is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 10% Pinotage, was matured for 18 months in 225 litre French oak barrels of which half were new.

It looks like
Bottled under natural cork closure in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with elegant livery. In the glass, it is a deep dark plum red at the core which pales out to a gem bright garnet at the meniscus.

It smells like
Berry fruits, Ribena and fruitcake spices. Undertow of well applied oak.

It tastes like
Rich round elegant and satisfying. Full bodied from entry, through mid-palate, and into the long ending. Beautifully layered and structured. This wine is a keep and will do you proud if cellared for 5 years or so. A very elegant glassful.

Tracy Foulkes’s Melanzane Parmigiana

It’s good with
This could be the after dinner ‘conversation’ bottle by the fire after a good meal.  Red meat, grilled or roasted with caramelly edges would be a great partner.  As a vegetarian option, there is none better than Tracy Foulkes’s Melanzane Parmigiana. A dish with excellent tomato flavours and breathing of the Mediterranean.  Click here for her recipe.

Tracy Foulkes with her husband & business partner, Paul Raphaely

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