Wine of the Week [July 08-July 14]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, use fragrance free, chemical free, pH balanced soaps and shampoos during Champagne showers, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m.

South Africa gets the spotlight this week.  In part because it has been in the news a little more recently, and secondly because it produces some really cool wine!  I know when the word South immediately followed by Africa pops up in conversation, images of precious metals and Pinotage dance around in people’s heads.  However, the Western Cape produces wine from much more than just a franken-grape science experiment (Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault) gone right or wrong depending on which side of the very polarized public opinion you fall.  We will be tasting these two reds which, hopefully, are harbingers for a deliciously positive trend for South African wine.

Rudi Schultz began his winemaking journey after tasting a few Northern Rhone reds (Syrah is the only red varietal permitted in AOC Northern Rhone reds) while delivering a yacht from Cape Town to, of all places, North Carolina!  This very, very old world styled Syrah is full of dark berries and plum with pepper and hints of mocha lingering on a long satisfying finish.    Drink this now or let it develop even further over the new few years!

This red blend from A.A. Badenhorst’s Secateurs label is awesome stuff, especially for the price!  This is a mix of Shiraz, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and a little Pinotage.  Even though Shiraz makes up the majority of the blend, its not a jammed up, high octane fruit bomb.  It is very tame and very versatile, having enough presence to warrant a glass on its own, but with a structure that is suited to pairing with food.  If you are looking for an excellent everyday red consider this option #1!

See you Friday!!!