A 6-bottle case, delivered to my home recently, turned out to hold a captivating collection of red and white wines and a splendid bubbly, all products of the McGregor valley and fine examples of the diversity and impressive quality that flow from the farms and cellars there.
Two years ago village resident Myrna Robins suggested that they combine forces to create a Meander so that hikers, bikers and drivers could sample these award-winning wines and spirits at leisure. The McGregor Wine Meander was born, a jewelled necklace 15km route where visitors transverse vine-clad hills, pass orchards and farmsteads between stretches of veld where nature rules supreme.
Now the cellars have introduced the MWM Tasting Box, a vinous treasure which will be delivered to your doorstep without courier charges wherever you live in South Africa.
For more information, visit their website www.mcgregorwinemeander.co.za
The contents will change from time to time as new wines, cultivars and vintages are released, but this is what I found in my Box.
I start off by liking a wine if it has Cabernet Franc on the label. This is an absolute stonker, as the Australians say. A smasher. Grapes from the smallest vineyard, a hectare in size planted in 1996. Now the flagship wine of the Estate. In the glass, bloodplum red at the heart paling out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. Whiffs of red berry fruits, Crème de Cassis, a grind of black pepper and some fynbos herbaceousness. From entry to the ending, it is rich, round and impressive.
I like Colombard, always have. The grapes also come from a registered small single vineyard. Dry, the lovely tropical fruits, guava and desiccated pineapple and melon, gently supported by oak. Nice and complex and layered, a slap in the face with a wet fish for the Colombard nay sayers.
A beautiful pale golden straw in the glass. Whiffs of ripe white fleshed peaches and soft sundried apricots on the nose. River stone minerality [like we used to suck as children] and a slight gun powdery smokiness on the palate with the full fruited and long ending. Crisp, and refreshing.
I just love Cinsault. Half of my father’s farm was planted to it. I am berserk for the country lane fruits, the red cherries, raspberries on the nose and the way it segues onto the palate. Sweet fruited and polished with 3 months in 3rd fill 225 litre French Oak Barrels. Perfect partner for Provençale foods like Ratatouille, a pissaladière or a gently flavoured semi hard cheese. Do chill it before drinking.
This excellent MCC was awarded top honours in the 2020 Amorim MCC Challenge. A classical Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend and dry – a friend used to say oyster dry. I think he just hankered after oysters when a bottle of class like this was opened. No acid adjustments, no sugar added after disgorging. Appley. Briochey. Classy.
The rich limestone soils and cooler climate assist the Pinot Noir take up the terroir which is does. Thin skinned, low tannins, we have here a delicate wine of class. The expected red fruits, cherries, fraises des bois and petrichor appear on the nose. Full bright fruited palate with gentle support of oak
Interesting different wines from a small Wine Appellation