Paul and Tony in South Africa – discover new wines and wineries
Ever wanted to know more about the wines and wine producers of South Africa? Paul Hopkins and Tony Dodds, from the MMI wine team, are on a whistle-stop tour this week. Read their reports here on the Grapevine site where they’ll be taking you inside the wineries and sharing their impressions (and a few other things besides!)
Day one – Sunday 12th June
‘After a month in the planning, Tony and I are finally on our way to South Africa. The plan is to visit 20 wineries in 5 days meeting some old friends along the way and hopefully making many new ones. Our job, to meet the people behind the wines that we have in our portfolio.
It wasn’t long before we recognized one of our newer friends; the Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc is new to our portfolio. We simply love its balance and minerality, it has an rich succulent mouth-feel and it just screams of class and elegance (17.5/20). Then the plane took off….
Nine hours on a plane is not a short flight but Tony and I had a lot on our mind, who would win the Trivia Challenge and who would be named the Yahtzee Champion of MMI? In the end honours were even and many thanks to the staff of Emirates for making our flight so enjoyable.
After a quick change we headed out to Reubens in The One and Only with another two new friends, Neil and Hennie from Linton Park. These wines are being tasted again on Tuesday and are already in our new portfolio for Zanzibar and Tanzania. It was nice of Neil and Hennie to come out on their days off and to welcome us to Cape Town.
The menu featured many local meats such as springbok and ostrich but the only thing that I really wanted, having lived in Dubai for nearly a year now, was the pork belly! It was matched with the Van Loveren Merlot 2007 which came from a list of South African wines that were literally lined up to ceiling in the form of a spectacular wine room. The wine was rich and full bodied with some fine firm tannins and a voluptuous mouth-feel that exploded with dark berries, plums and a soft touch of spice (16/20) .
Come and join Tony and me over the next few days on our trip to South Africa.’ Paul Hopkins
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