There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a great bottle of wine with a hearty meal in the middle of the African bush. Lourens de Beer, founder of iqudu.co.za shares some of the wines and favourite safari food pairings he will be packing to Namibia this winter.
Nitida Riesling 2015 (R110)
On the nose a complex bouquet of citrus peel, freshly baked brioche & lavender. The pallet is aromatic with hints flinty minerals and the acidity cuts nicely through the sweetness to end on a satisfyingly dry finish. Pair with a spicy chicken & prawn Thai Green Curry.
B Vintners LIBERTé Pinotage 2015 (R250)
Following on from the much-acclaimed maiden 2014 vintage, the 2015 is even better. An intensely fragrant Pinotage with hints of red cherries, dried flowers and earthy minerals. The pallet is rewarded with fresh acidity & smooth tannins with a hint of sweet spice. Pair with a slow roasted Lamb Shank Curry.
Vriesenhof Grenache 2014 (R235)
From the fabled Piekenierskloof vineyards shared by Jan Boland Coetzee with Neil Ellis this is a cracker. On the nose a good wallop of winterberries, cinnamon, allspice and hints of oak. The pallet finishes satisfyingly with hints of leather and well-structured tannins. This wine screams roast Pork Belly with a sweet & creamy Hanepoot sauce.
Babylonstoren Shiraz 2014 (R150)
A magnificent deep ruby red colour with hints of cherry & red fruit on the nose and cloves, violets and white pepper on the pallet. Punchy super smooth tannins combine with a superb long finish. Pair with aged T-bone steak and sautéed Shitake mushrooms with a dash of truffle oil.
Gabriëlskloof The Blend 2013 (R90)
This great value for money Bordeaux style blend is an old favourite. On the nose you will find blackberry, hints of paprika and spiced leather. The mouth feel is complex with good tannin grip. Pair with a classic tomato & red wine based Potjie with Lamb neck & knuckles.
Boplaas 8 Year Old Potstill Brandy (R400)
South African Potstill Brandy is totally underrated. The grapes are picked at 18B with an high acidity (as in Cognac) and only 1200 bottles produced each year. Enjoy this utterly smooth and aromatic brandy on the rocks in front of a roaring camp fire. No Coca-Cola mixers please!