Wine magazine recently carried an article about French wine writer and judge Thierry Desseauve, former editor of La Revue du Vin de France, who visited South Africa at the invitation of local wine writer and judge Michael Fridjhon.
Desseauve said he had found the wines much better than he had expected, “especially the Shirazes and the white Bordeaux blends.” Style-wise, he found SA wines acting as a bridge between Old and New World styles
He believed that the secret to South African wine was the terroir.
“Your vineyards are similar to Europe in that the vines are planted in good places. Your Shirazes, for example, had real personality – very different from the Rhône or Australia – and I would like to return and find out more about that personality and where it comes from,” Wine magazine reported.