29 October 2010 by Robyn Campbell

The art of wine

Art can be more entertaining when there’s wine involved - as I again confirmed at recent a wine tasting at the Pretoria Country Club.

Actually, art is just a pretext to talk about wine in this instance. The event I’m writing about was all about the wine. In fairness, the first wine I tasted was from the Provenance range and they use art as a kind of a pretext too; it’s a premise in their wine-making philosophy. It states that creativity, talent and skill are required to make fine wine, just as they are needed to create fine works of art.

This is doubtless all true as there is definitely something to be said for their wine.

I can’t pretend to know too much about wine (or art), but I’m an eager student. I really do enjoy discovering my own palate, learning how to read each wine and discovering unexpected tastes, great bargains or indulgent finds (that I buy by the bottle, not the case).

I particularly enjoyed the Provenance Shiraz 2007 (9 in my little red book), which I have since discovered won the WINE Magazine’s annual Global Trader Shiraz Challenge. I was less impressed by their red blend - but don’t pretend to remember why (that in itself may be telling). I gave it a 5.5.

I really do enjoy discovering my own palate, learning how to read each wine and discovering unexpected tastes, great bargains or indulgent finds (that I buy by the bottle, not the case).

While I took notes of what I tasted and scored each accordingly, I often forgot to note the year, or qualify my answer - except for one that had an 8.5 and the words ‘very cute’ next to it. Not sure what that referred to. The label perhaps?

What I did notice was that as the evening progressed, my scores improved - the wine speaking no doubt. Top of my list, along with the Provenance Shiraz, was the Perdeberg Chenin Blanc (9 in my little red book), followed by the Babylon Voigner and the Wildekrans Osiris Pinotage.

Suffice to say I had a designated driver and, aside from being a very entertaining way to spend an evening, if I’m stocking up on wine for the festive season, I must know what I’m serving my guests! You can draw your own conclusions about the rest.

Category: Food & Wine

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