Wines made by appointment to His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini Kabhekuzulu are making waves in South Africa’s Wine World by taking important medals at important wine awards. The two wines about which I write here, took Double Gold Medals at the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Competition last year.
From a Burgundy shaped bottled, closed with a white screw cap. The elegant label is shield shaped and is clear and sufficiently descriptive. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw with flashes of tropical lime green. The aromas are classical Chenin Blanc, the Golden Delicious apple, fynbos honey and white flowers. The palate is crisp and fresh from entry, medium of body, though generously fruited. Nice brisk ending.
The King Shaka-Zulu Chenin Blanc 2019 is perfect as a glass on its own. Made for food, it is ideal with Sushi, Sashimi, Ceviche and is just perfect with a well roasted buttery organic chicken.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, garnished with a string of beads and closed with a black screw cap. The label is a black version of the abov Chenin Blanc. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas, as expected, are of red and black country lane fruits, mulberries, brambles and tiny ripe sappy plums. The palate is crisp and fresh from entry. A medium body, though excellent flavours of the fruits, a touch of banana and then the oak spice and vanilla in the long ending.
The King Shaka-Zulu Pinotage 2017 is a glass to be drinking at sundown while waiting for the braai embers to burn down before a braai. What comes off the fire, a good piece of spicy sausage, a richly flavoured Tomato Potjie or a tranche of seared tuna with chimichurri or a Salsa Verde would all make great partners. As would a dish of Sausage Cakes with spicy apples.
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