You have got to try Axe Hill Cape Vintage 2011
29 July 2016
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Jenny Crwys–Williams: Okay, and the final one and my toes are curling in pleasure. The Axe Hill Cape Vintage 2011 and you’ve put port style. It’s a South African port, is it not?
Greg: That is correct. So I had to make a distinction there, we’re not allowed to call it port anymore –
JCW: I understand.
G: So we’re making this wine in the port style, so that’s why I say that. As you know, with champagne, we can call ours MCC. So the name of this wine is just a Cape Vintage and that suggests that it’s made in the port style. It just comes from the Calitzdorp area. It’s made from the traditional Portuguese varieties.
Port generally, you’re expecting some tan presence, you’re expecting a little bit of sugar and usually high alcohol because as you know, they are 45. So, alcohol usually ranges between 16 and 20, that’s the range that you would expect from port.
The beautiful thing about it is, it’s a red wine, fully made. So it has a really exciting structure. Several wines you’re talking really sweet, almost cherry tobacco, a little bit of some plum. Tannins are fine and elegant. It gives you a beautiful warmth, obviously coming from the alcohol.
JCW: Well, my mouth is watering, to the extent that I think I’m going to have to go off and cook something just to go with this. But I love it and actually I sometimes throw it, I know it’s sacrilege, but I sometimes throw it into a casserole. Because it just gives it a little bit of oomph, if you understand what I mean?
G: Absolutely, you’re right, I think that’s what one would do.