Orange is the new white

OrangewineHave you tried Orange wine ? no, neither have I until now and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.  I can see people pulling faces at the thought of wine made with oranges but fear not the term only refers to the deep amber like colour.

Orange wine is made from white grapes in this case Grenache Blanc in which the skins are left on during fermentation (as in red wine) causing this orange like colour. Be warned though this wine is not for the fainthearted and is very different, its robust in style, weighty, fairly tannic with a slight sourness.

The wine I tried was the ‘Fides’ ( Roman word for trust or to have faith) and is made by the Bosman family vineyard situated in the western Cape of South Africa.

I must admit when first poured I was surprised at the deepness of the colour almost like a glass of cider and it had intense aromas of dried orange peel, nuts, ripe tropical fruits and what I can only describe as furniture polish (not as strange or uninviting as it sounds) .

orange wine glassTaste wise it was fairly intense and had a weighty creaminess about it, there was that tropical ripe fleshy fruit along with almond nuts and over ripe apple, there was also a hint of oak and pronounced tannins.

As I said earlier, maybe not for everyone, it is very different and at 14% a little on the hefty side a little expensive at around £14 but I loved it and would recommend you try it, maybe when it’s on offer though .

7.5corks

My Rating 7.5/10 Corks

M&S around £14

Nederburg Winemasters Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

nederburg CS(450 x 600)South Africa 14.5%

Not drank a lot of South African wines lately so I decided to rummage around my bottles to see what I could come up with to pair with my Steak and Chips dinner.

I actually found more than I thought I had and this bottle of Nederburg, made in the Western Cape Region was the first one to hand and being a Cabernet Sauvignon I thought I’d give it a go.
Grabbed my corkscrew before realising it was in fact a screw cap, not a good start !

When poured it was much lighter in colour than I thought it would be with very heady aromas of mainly smokey wood and roasted coffee beans with perhaps a whiff of blackcurrants, this gave me an idea of what this was going to taste like and it pretty much tasted as it smelt.

There was oak and a big hit of black pepper spice, the fruit was predominately blackcurrants with perhaps a little dark cherries. It was however pretty smooth and velvety but the fruit did come a big second to the woodiness, there was also a sweetness which for me was a little too sweet.

Overall though, it did go very well with the Steak and I did enjoy it, I also think a lot of people will like it especially with that sweetness.

Think I bought this whilst on special offer for around £6 usually £8.99. At the lesser price not a bad bottle and it does tempt me to try the others in the Nederburg range.

It is a very drinkable wine but watch out that 14.5% ABV, soon catches up with you

7corks

My rating 7/10 Corks

£8.99 Tesco