THE retirement project to sample a wine made from every grape variety listed in Hugh Johnson’s pocket wine book.
Wine: Tesco Finest South African 2015, Swartland.
Alc Vol: 13.5%
What it says on the label: “Ripe apple aromas are followed by subtle pear, honey and spice notes, with a hint of apricots.”
Food combination: “Serve chilled on its own or as an ideal partner to spicy dishes or mild curries, as well as seafood and shellfish.”
Retired Bloke verdict: The Current Mrs Feeney says I can never take a hint, so the apricots unsurprisingly passed me by. I certainly got a nose and mouthful of apple, though. With a cavalier disregard for the best efforts of the copy writer behind the label, we drank it with a rich chicken pie; it worked fine for us. In fact, we liked this a lot more than the Chenin Blanc from the Loire that we tried last month.
One for the wine rack? I was going to say no, but we changed our mind when we had a glass each to finish the bottle the following day. So now it’s a yes.
It’s not about the wine: Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town, called this region “Het Zwarte Land” (The Black Land) because the endemic Renoster Bos flowering plant takes on a dark appearance during the winter rains.