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To celebrate International Women's Day we have put together a case of our favourite wines produced by women.
Wildehurst Wines is tucked away between rolling wheat fields in the small town of Koringberg, Swartland, South Africa. Joanne Hurst, the owner, planted a garden vineyard consisting of 90% Shiraz and 10% Viognier vines in 2006. In 2009 she produced her first wine, The Wildehurst Red, by co-fermenting the Shiraz and Viognier and aging the wine in French oak barrels for 18 months. This Methode Cap Classique is whole bunch pressed Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay that underwent a cool, slow first fermentation. The base wines were blended, bottled and kept on the lees for two years before disgorging. A fine mousse with crisp acidity and delicate green apple bouquet.
Virginie Saverys is the owner and MD of Avignonesi in Tuscany, Italy. Although not a winemaker by trade, following a sucessful legal career in Belgium, Virginie followed her passion for wine and bought Avignonesi in 2009 with the express intention of improving an established winery and taking wines to 'the next level'. With firm beliefs about organics, sustainability and biodynamic viticulture, we think she has. The wines from the vineyards in Montalcino are producing astonishingly high quality fruit and the wines reflect this. This Cantaloro will remind you of a summer breeze and on the nose it will reveal notes of peach, golden apple and white flowers. On the palate it is intense and refreshing.
We couldn't not feature one of Avignonesi's fantastic reds as well, especially the delicious Da Di, which is the 'mother-earth' of this project and it sings with delightful Sangiovese perfume and fruit.
La Tour Melas was established in Achinos, Greece in 2000. Elsa Picard is one of the top Enologists, working also with wineries in Bordeaux and South France. The Idylle Rose is pale pink in the glass, with aromas of nectarine, strawberries and wet stone. The palate is dry with crisp acidity, stone fruit dominates, but is rounded out with ripe berry fruit leading to a long mineral finish.
The Mason Road Syrah is from Brookdale Estate's winemaker Kiara Scott initially worked as assistant winemaker to renowned winemaker Duncan Savage. Kiara was then appointed sole winemaker at Brookdale Estate in 2019 at the age of only 26, officially the youngest head female winemaker in South Africa. This gorgeous Syrah has aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, raspberry compote, purple flowers, leather and the obligatory white pepper. The palate displays flavours of berry fruit with spices of pepper, cinnamon and clove. Soft with supple tannins, impressive length and bright, but not brash, acidity.
Nadia Barnard is the Winemaker at Waterkloof Wines, Somerset West, RSA. After spending five years as an assistant winemaker at Waterkloof Wines since its inception, Nadia Barnard graduated to winemaker in 2013. She had aspirations of being a winemaker since high school, and studied a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture specialising in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch in order to pursue her dream. At Waterkloof, Nadia attributes her high quality wine to “meticulous care and guidance” in her biodynamic farming procedure which utilises natural winemaking. On the nose there is ample complexity with notes of red fruit and pencil shavings, flavours of ripe blackcurrant and spice. A rich, succulent wine with smooth, fine tannins. The great concentration and fine tannins will ensure that it will only become more complex with age.
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