South African Bordeaux Blend Report

Five Lessons from South Africa’s big-hitter winemakers

🍷 Many of South Africa’s Top Bordeaux blend producers refuse to enter their wines into local competitions. Even fewer of them get to be tasted in a long line-up with the winemakers all assessing each other’s work in a blind tasting!
🪰 I got to be a fly on the wall as this event unfolded, listening to some of the country’s most gifted producers grapple with what it takes to make some of the best Bordeaux-style red blends in the New World.
5️⃣ Here are my FIVE top takeaways from their conversations, covering everything from why “Great Vintages” aren’t always as fun as they sound, through to the fact that “Young Guns needs Old Hands”. I reveal the top three wines, as scored by their peers, and share my thoughts on the importance of typicity.