The city of São Paulo, in Brazil, was chosen to welcome the 1st Wines of South Africa Grand Tasting. The goal was to present the delicious South African wines to Brazilian media, trend setters, importers and final consumers.
South Africa is currently the 8th largest wine producer in the world, and half of its production is exported. The main markets are the UK, Germany and Sweden. Exports to Brazil are still incipient, but growing.
The event started with a Master Class for members of the press. We tasted 6 wines (white and red), and producers and WoSA (Wines of South Africa) representatives explained about organic production, export growth, increase in quality in the past few years, grape types and wine regions in South Africa. All the wines were tasteful, but the following wines pleased me the most: KWV Mentors Chenin Blanc 2012, and the red wines Riebeeck Cellars Shiraz 2012 and Delheim Vera Cruz Estates Shiraz 2009. These wines are not available to Brazilian market yet (no importers).
After the Master Class, we went to the Grand Tasting where I met some of the producers. Nederburg does produce some good quality wines and I simply loved the Manor House Shiraz 2009 and the Ingenuity Red Blend 2007. This one is made with italian grapes such as Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo. These wines are imported by Casa Flora in Brazil and the price range is medium.
I also tasted the House of Mandela wines, and the Pinotage was my favorite. Imported in Brazil by Ravin at a low cost range.
I was surprised with the Spice Route Mourvèdre, made with the French grape mourvèdre I did not know. It was a powerful wine, rich, tasteful, with lots of spice and dark fruit notes. A well balanced and delicious wine! Medium price range, imported by Ravin.
The Grand Tasting was crowded and reviews were good. I went home with a good impression about South African wines and the country.
You too can find great South African wine in supermarkets, wine stores and online shops.
Now, how about leaving the Merlot aside for a few days and trying something new? Cheers!