Top Drop #23, Old Road Wine Company French Corner 2017 blend of Grenache Noir, Mourvédre, Cinsaut & Shiraz…

Old Road Wine Company French Corner 2017, my Top Drop #23

The Old Road Wine Company has its home in Franschhoek where it has some interesting old vineyards providing grapes for its wines. The grapes for the Old Road Wine Company French Corner 2017 come from these vineyards. A blend that is greater than the sum of its parts, made by Ryan Puttick, the winery’s Winemaker.

Mourvèdre arriving at the cellar

The blend is made up of Grenache Noir 45%, Mourvèdre 45%, Cinsaut 7.5% & Shiraz 2.5%, a lovely blend of grapes which have their origin in the south of France.

Ryan Puttick, Old Road Wine Company Winemaker

Pour
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is fun and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a brightshining plum at the heart and pales out to ruby at the edge. The aromas and palate run one into the other. Blackberries, roadside brambles, and sappy Bing cherries. There are undertows of desiccated strawberries and pepper. The palate is generous with a lovely line of acidity and soft tannins – an easy drinker.

Dianne Bibby’s North African Chermoula Meatballs

Pair
My Top Drop #23 Old Road Wine Company French Corner 2017 is a wine to be drink lightly chilled. It is a delicious glass on its own and an excellent food partner. While it will honour the traditional Sunday Roast Lunch, it will go as well with a well-prepared mid-week supper dish. Dianne Bibby’s North African Chermoula Meatballs are a lovely spicy partner to this wine. Click HERE to see the recipe.

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