Finally got my hands on a bottle of red blend Alphabetical 2008 as made by David Cope (aka The Foodie) and Simon Wibberly of Cape Town restaurant and bar &Union but I’m not sure there’s terribly much I can add.
You see, if there’s anybody who understands how to use social media to good marketing advantage, then it’s these two and Cope himself, Andy Fenner (aka Jamie Who?) of Aficionado.co.za, Harry Haddon of Wine&i.co.za and Clare Mack of Spill.co.za have all already written about it (see here, here, here and here). The packaging has even been critiqued on wine packaging website Thedielinewine.com (see here).
Only Haddon seems less than enamoured with the wine but Harry, dude, you’re out on a limb. The wine is a multi-varietal blend (apparently nearly every letter in the alphabet represented were the varieties to be listed and hence the name) but from what I can gather predominantly consisting of Swartland Shiraz and Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a little rustic but it sure ain’t dull. On the nose, red and black fruit as well as some notes that veer into the savoury part of the spectrum. The palate is medium bodied with flavours of red and black fruit as well as pronounced spice; oak is well judged (which is to say nicely in the background) and the wine has good freshness.
As others have noted, I think it should prove highly versatile with food. A very good drop at R75 a bottle, and should you acquire some, then you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re drinking what all the other hipsters are drinking.