As I have previously blogged, international media interest in South African wine is picking up with the 2010 World Cup underway. Beppi Crosariol of the Globe and Mail in Canada recently wrote about Leopard’s Leap Family Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2009 in a review about South African wines. This is part of what he had to say:
“Canadians don’t drink much South African wine, though the category is growing nicely, notably in Quebec. South Africa’s share of the Canadian market is a mere 2.2 per cent by volume. In England, a country with deep historical ties to Bordeaux and other French regions, volume sales of Cape wines earlier this year stunningly surpassed those of France, according to market tracker AC Nielsen. Clearly, the English know something we don’t. South Africa represents decent value – if you know how to shop.
“There are three main strengths to South African wine, sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc and Bordeaux-style red blends based on cabernet sauvignon and merlot. But whites based on chardonnay and reds made from syrah or shiraz (same grape; different name) can surprise, as can pinotage, a quirky and robust local red…
“Leopard’s Leap Family Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2009 ($18.95). Cross a gooseberry with asparagus and this is what it might taste like. There’s a spicy finish in it that I love. Serve it with zesty salads topped with goat cheese.”