Waterford Rosemary 2014 vintage – wine of the week
07 October 2016
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Thanks for tuning into listen to Old Mutual Live Wine edition, on mobile, on digital, on demand. I’m Jenny Crwys–Williams . Time now for our first weekend wine of October, sommelier and assistant manager of Marble, Wikus Human has done the choosing. Still studying, he notes that becoming a certified sommelier takes huge dedication and time. I mean dollops of time and even then the studying doesn’t end. It just goes on and on, is that accurate?
Wikus Human: That is accurate enough, yes.
JCW: You wrote it for me, it just goes on, the number of wines that come out are just extraordinary.
Keeping my job exciting
WH: Every day there’s new wines in the industry and you’ll find weird and wonderful things every day as you go on doing your studies. Of course doing service and customers will tell you about certain wines you’ve never heard of. It’s just an ongoing learning process in the industry and that makes it fun, it keeps it exciting. It keeps your job exciting at the end of the day.
JCW: If somebody comes into Marble and tells you about, oh, I’ve just tasted the most amazing wine, do you actually look it up afterwards or not?
WH: If it sounds interesting enough, of course. I’m curious to see what it is and what the price point is. It’s astounding to me if I haven’t heard about the wine before. But yes, it’s always fun to go look up and see what the consumers like.
Then of course, looking at your wine list and seeing if you can’t pop something on like that to just maybe please the consumers or teach other consumers about what’s happening at the moment in the industry. Especially in the culture of wine.
JCW: Of course there’s so many new South African wines coming out, let alone the rest of the world. But SA it’s just galloping isn’t it?
WH: It’s totally phenomenal. If we would have tasted wine about 10 years ago, I was still quite young, you would have maybe liked out of 10 wines, three wines. Today if you taste wines, out of 10 wines, you’ll maybe like eight or nine. It’s astonishing what’s happening in the wine industry and especially in SA as you mentioned. We’re planting on new varietals in SA, it’s just absolutely amazing what the winemakers are doing down here.
JCW: I think it’s just wonderful fun. Wikus, what have you chosen for the first weekend in October?
The power behind the Waterford Rosemary
WH: I went for something a bit more on the pinkish side, or on the onion skin colour side. I went to the Waterford Rosemary 2014 vintage, shortly moving over to the 2015 vintage. That is a Blanc de Noir style of wine. The grape varietals in the wine are Shiraz, Merlot, Grenache, Tempranillo and Malbec.
The location for this wine is Stellenbosch and the winemaker here is Kevin Arnold. The first thing that caught my eye on this wine is the colour of this wine. I was sitting at the bar at Marble and was just looking up towards my right, actually counting stock. I saw this beautiful onion skin colour of almost, it was a beautiful pink, like salmon colour in the window.
I just thought, this wine is doing well, I must open it and just have a glass right now. That was about 10:00 in the morning. For late afternoons in the summer with a bit more warmer temperature, this is an absolutely beautiful wine. Doing it with nice cold meats, cheese, ham, pork, it’s absolutely amazing for those warm summer days.
JCW: Do you get sometimes that hint of raspberry in this?
WH: Definitely, the flavours coming through on this wine, there’s aromas of raspberry. As always on the Blanc de Noir, it’s very elegant and a tang in your mouth, onto the palate, but still dry. There’s no sweetness at all on this wine.
Of course the important thing for me, especially in Rosé Blanc de Noir wines is the alcohol content. You must be able to drink this wine alone, not even with food and this is running at 11%, which makes it a perfect afternoon wine to just enjoy on a summers afternoon.
JCW: I asked somebody the other day what wine they would choose if they were standing in a swimming pool. This is very South African I think, or probably Australian as well. It’s so hot, you stand in a swimming pool and you’ve done a couple of lengths. Then you need a glass of wine after that, so you stand in the pool and have your glass of wine. Then you do another length and then come back again. This wine would fit that, wouldn’t it?
WH: Definitely, I don’t know how many glasses I would do and how many laps I would do, but I’d definitely have a few glasses and do a few laps. This wine would absolutely be amazing, as I said, the alcohol is nice and low, it’s going to drink easy, it’s going to be so enjoyable.
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