When we think of wine, countries like France, Italy and Argentina are often the first to come to mind, but did you know that South Africa has developed to become one of the world’s top wine regions?
Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA) is a collective of likeminded, premium, independent wine producers from across the diverse wine regions of South Africa’s Western Cape and their wine makers recently travelled to Toronto to introduce us to their amazing wines.
With a wine history dating back to the 17th century, we have some serious catching up to do and seeing as this weekend is a long weekend, there’s no better time to get yourself to your local LCBO and find out for yourself why wines from South Africa are becoming all-the-rage! We know that Labour Day means that summer is coming to a close but we fully plan on keeping the party going well into September with these 5 great wines from South Africa. See below for what you can find now at the LCBO:
GLENELLY GLASS COLLECTION SYRAH
Ruby in colour, this Shiraz from Glenelly Estate boasts a intense aroma with a woody, spicy, floral and fruity scent. This full-bodied wine is pleasantly acidic and offers a broad texture with an intense mouthfeel that leads into a long finish! Glenelly Glass Collection Syrah retails for $17, click HERE to shop!
KEN FORRESTER OLD VINE RESERVE CHENIN BLANC
This dry Chenin Blanc from Ken Forrester Wines offers classic notions of fresh floral blossoms, melon and baked apple with touches of earth, vanilla and toasty oak, all wrapped in a wonderfully robust mouthfeel and smooth, polished texture. Pair this baby with flavourful chicken or seafood dishes. Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc retails for $17.95, click HERE to shop!
PAUL CLUVER SAUVIGNON BLANC
This Sauvignon Blanc from Paul Cluver Wines has a lively smoke and gooseberry scented bouquet that is a real treat. The palate is fresh and crisp with good depth and lovely pear and citrus notes. Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc retails for $17.95, cluck HERE to shop!
GRAND VIN DE GLENELLY RED
This 2010 blend from Glenelly Estate is an impressive, deliciously balanced wine with great integration of all parts – it offers superb black fruit, cherry and cassis in a concentrated and structured package. Grand Vin de Glenelly Red retails for $19.95, click HERE to shop!
JOURNEY’S END SHIRAZ
This premium Shiraz from Journey’s End Vineyards is an excellent example of the quality that makes South African wines so exciting and desirable. This shiraz is juicy and full with impressive black fruit, cherries and tantalizing pepper spice notes. A great pairing with grilled ribs or lamb burgers. Journey’s End Shiraz retails for $20.95, click HERE to shop!
Each of the brands mentioned produce wines on their own winery in South Africa. Click HERE to learn more about the brands!
Happy Labour Day!
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)
*Must be 19+, please enjoy responsibly *