South Africa is blessed when it comes to wine, with wine farms across the country producing some of the finest bottles of award-winning vino right at our fingertips.
Being so spoilt for choice, there are so many wine brands and wine farms I have still yet to discover, one being Windfall, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to try out a couple of their red wines they sent my way in a press drop.
Windfall is nestled in the Agterkliphoogte Valley in Robertson and is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets.
Eddie Barlow bought Windfall as Spesbona from Phillip Lourens, but sold it on to Robert Alexander, who is a prominent KZN property developer.
Doing what he does best, Alexander has rejuvenated Windfall and has restored dams, replanted vineyards, unearthed new boreholes and has established Windfall’s boutique cellar.
When it comes to the winemaking, Kobus van der Merwe brings a wealth of experience, with 30 years in the industry and a passion for winemaking.
The incredible press drop
To give you a little information about the wines I received in the press drop:
Barrel 41 (R149.99)
A blend of Shiraz, Mouvedre and Grenache, Barrel 41 exudes flavours of oak, herbs, spices and berries, all of which lead to nuances of dark chocolate and warm fruitcake. It is best paired with Cape Malay dishes, South African braai’s, roasts and rich casseroles.
Cabernet Sauvignon (R100.00)
Windfall’s Cabernet Sauvignon was recently selected by the top sommeliers in the country for the ‘Sommerliers Selection in the Elegant and Classy Reds category. When it comes to flavour, The Cab Sauv has gentle notes of light brown toffee and sweet spices, and not to forget the nuances of Eucalyptus. Best enjoyed with heavy Italian dishes as it is a French, medium-bodied wine.
I can’t wait to pop the cork on these babies and enjoy them while it’s still chilly. I definitely think I will be taking the above advice and create a dish to compliment each bottle with the gorgeous bottle of olive oil (R180.00/1 litre) that featured in the press drop, too.
Buy your own bottles of wine and olive oil, here: www.windfallwine.co.za.
What do you think? Have you tried and enjoyed either of Windfall’s wines? Let me know in the comment section below.
Images: Windfall’s website.