3 more wines from WOSA stand

Here are three more wines that I enjoyed the opportunity taste at the Wines of South Africa stand at the London International Wine Fair. The first two I had never heard of and the third I had read about in a number of blogs by those who attended its launch.

Howard Booysen Riesling 2010

I attended the Riesling & Co event organised by Wines of Germany a week before the LIWF and this South African Riesling really reminded me of some of the wines that I tasted on that day. It’s clean and fresh with a just a little fleshy sweetness. Really delicious, and made in a kabinett style. The last time I saw Howard Booysen it was in Justin Bonello’s reality style show Exploring the Vine, following the antics of three young winemakers. According to the back label, Booysen apparently¬†“trailblazed the highest aspects of the Cape’s mountainous vineyards to the coolest coastal regions and hand picked the blocks from which to source these grapes.”

Ok.¬†But never mind that, the wine’s really great.

David & Nadia Sadie David – Aristargos 2010
51% Chenin Blanc, 39% Viognier and 10% Verdelho

Although I enjoyed the Elim Sauvignon Blanc / Semillons that I chatted about the other day, this is the style of blend that I would probably choose to drink 8 times out of ten. It’s beautifully balanced, with freshness in sync with rounded fruit flavours and a little oak influence courtesy of 12 months in older French oak barrels. All grapes are from the Swartland. The bottle had just been opened when I tasted it and was very cold and a bit shy. But thanks to a chat, I had it in my glass for a little while and it was delicious as it opened up. It will probably develop some interesting character with a bit of time in the bottle, but personally I like it as it is right now.

Jordan The Prospector Syrah 2008

Gary Jordan’s victory in the fight to prevent mineral prospecting in the winelands was well documented in the press a couple of months back and the Stellenbosch producer was on the ball in releasing a wine (well two wines in fact) to mark the events. The Prospector Syrah received a lot of blog and online coverage when it was launched at an event at the farm; a thank you to all those who helped to raise awareness of the cause. The majority of these were social media winos. Jordan are not well known for Shiraz, but I really enjoyed this. Classic in structure, it has the oak that you’d expect from a 2008 but there is plenty of bold fruit and a little touch of sweetness on the finish. Yum.

2 Responses to “3 more wines from WOSA stand”

  1. JF says:

    Great work David Sadie!!!

  2. I’m not very familiar with this 3 wines … must give them a try