Platter’s wines to try this festive season
18 December 2015
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Brad Brown: Welcome onto this edition of Old Mutual Live as the year draws to a close. A lot of people wrapping up work and going to be de-stressing over the next few weeks with the festive season. I thought we’d touch on what some of the wines that you should be considering this festive season here in South Africa would be and who better than to find out from, is the editor of the Platter Wine Guide, Philip van Zyl. Philip, welcome onto old Mutual Live.
Philip van Zyl: Thank you.
BB: Welcome back, I should say because you’re a returning visitor once again, welcome.
PVZ: Cool, thank you so much, appreciate it.
BB: Philip, it’s interesting this time of the year, for South Africans. It’s summer, weather’s generally pretty good and we’ve got a bit of a sort of two-fold thing when it comes to festive season meals and that sort of thing because obviously we want something light and sort of airy when it comes to summer. But many people still celebrate traditional sort of Christmases with big, heavy sit down meals and it makes getting the balance of what you should be drinking, difficult to get right.
PVZ: Ja, I think so but one can be clever and inventive and so at this stage there’s an incredible amount of choice and variety so one can really experiment and have a lot of fun. That’s for sure.
A few tasty options to look at
BB: What’s on your must drink list for this festive season?
PVZ: Well, I was kind of thinking about that and thinking that ja, so you could go, if you are going traditional with reds, red wines. I mean there’s a lot of excellent red blends. You know the fairly standard Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot but these days there’s a wonderful choice if you want to cast the net a little bit wider.
You’ve got Cabernet Franc which is a relative of our Cabernet Sauvignon which is some wonderful Cabernet Francs been made. There’s some older, when I say older, traditional varieties like Cinsaut, which is stating a recovery, a resurgence.
So you can, and you know there’s also the Portuguese varieties like Tinta Barocca and Touriga Nacional. There are Italian varieties, Nebbiolo, so there’s a very wide range of choice just in the red wine side of things.
BB: Let’s take a touch on the white and what you think are must drinks for the 2015/2016 summer.
The best that white wine has to offer
PVZ: Well I think, I guess South Africa being completely mad about the Sauvignon Blanc’s. I don’t think that there’s ever been a time where there are so many choices and such fantastic quality at a truly reasonable price. Our pricing for Sauvignon Blanc given the quality is really excellent and then again if you just want to cast your net a little bit wider just go off the beaten track a little bit.
The Chenin Blanc is making a fantastic resurgence. There are some absolutely brilliant wines, wooded wines and unwooded at again, very reasonable prices. Then there’s some real exotics, Roussillon, Massillon, those sorts of grapes, Vionnet, to an extent although slightly more familiar which you know, are also fantastic in their own right, very food friendly wines and ja so those are well worth a try.
Pop into a wine farm this festive season
BB: Fantastic and then a lot of people will be visiting the Western Cape Winelands this holiday season. If there’s one estate that, if people can only make it to one estate, which one would you reckon they should make it out to?
PVZ: Wow, that’s a very difficult –
BB: It’s loaded isn’t it?
PVZ: Yes it is. I have to say though that there is, the producer or the wineries themselves, the sellers themselves are really, I think they’re game in a massive way. Just a few years ago you know it was not all that exciting but there’s just some absolutely fantastic places to visit.
The best thing about it is that so many people are making an effort in terms of family friendliness and a spread of attractions and amenities so there’s not just wine or not wine and a restaurant. There’s a whole spectrum of things to do for you and your family.
BB: You didn’t answer the question though, Philip. Which one would you -?
PVZ: No, I don’t think I should go there so, in fact there really are too many and I mean ja, absolutely.
BB: Ja, my wish for everyone this festive season is they don’t just get to visit one. That would be mine, it would be to visit many, many.
PVZ: No, exactly.
BB: Philip van Zyl, thank you for joining us here on Old Mutual Live today, much appreciated. I want to wish you and yours a very, very merry festive season and we look forward to catching up in the New Year, all the best.
PVZ: Thank you very much and you.