On my last visit to Majestic Wine’s in Sale (https://drinksenthusiast.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/majestic-wines-tasting-notes/), I purchased a bottle of South African Porcupine Ridge and their Viognier Grenache Blanc (14.5%). Recommended to me, I was looking forward to cracking this open, and to be honest, trying one of my first South African wines. I’m more a South American lover if I were to choose a region, but as a common theme in my job role, I never say no to trying new things!
I digged out a bit of research into Porcupine Ridge and they are a brand underneath the brand Boekenhoutskloof. Located in the Franschhoek valley just North-East of Cape Town, French settlers occupied the land in 1776 and made use of the ideal soils and Mediterranean climate. In 1993, they started using Viognier grapes and combined with the idea of the local Porcupine population, Porcupine Ridge was born. They use fruit from dryland vineyards from Malmesbury and Citrusdal to give flavour and structure. Extended ripening of the Viognier develop the spicy floral aromas while the early harvesting of Grenache Blanc delivers natural acidity and minerality to the blend. Its matured in French oak to give silkiness to the product.
So with all this in mind, here’s my tasting notes on the 2010 version –
Aromas of wild flowers and ripe apricots mix well on the nose with spicy aromas powering closely behind. The palate is more crisp with a sharp edge to begin with. A soft finish that lingers nicely.
A great wine to enjoy, with Majestic Wine’s suggesting vegetable stir-fry or chicken kebabs being a perfect accompaniment.
Give it a go!
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Check out the Boekenhoutskloof website here – http://www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za/
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