Rhône varieties are the future for South Africa

on 05/10/12 at 10:45 am

Wine

Chenin Blanc pioneer Ken Forrester has spoken out about South Africa’s obsession with Bordeaux blends, believing the country’s future lies with Rhône varieties.

in South Africa, but Rhône varieties is where we should be headed,” Forrester told the drinks businessat Cape Wine 2012 in Cape Town last week.

“We have the ideal climate for them, with our coastal setting, long dry summers and the influence of the Mistral. If you look at the things that thrive where we are, like lavender and tomatoes, it’s the same as the Mediterranean.

“South Africa is very remote from the world market in many ways. Our winemakers should be leading the way not following the pack. It’s important for us to experiment and try to make unique, terroir-driven wines,” he added.

Forrester used Cape Wine as a launch pad for his foray into Rhône varieties, debuting the inaugural 2011 vintage of his barrel fermented Roussanne at the fair.

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