Is Diners Club Winemaker of the Year “the country’s most prestigious and well-respected wine industry competition” as the sponsor claims? If so, then you’d think there would be more excitement about the result but I had to look high and low to find a bottle of last year’s winning wine, namely Arendskloof Voetspore Tannat Syrah 2011 in the off-trade, finally uncovering it a few weeks ago at Wine Village in Hermanus where it sells for R176 a bottle.
Judged best out of 87 entries in the category of non-Bordeaux red blends, the wine won Christiaan Groenewald of New Cape Wines in Worcester the title. It shows more black than red fruit, chocolate, spice and tilled earth. Rich and ripe, not short of freshness but heavily extracted, smooth textured but also quite drying on the finish. Not bad but ultimately a bit plodding.