My feeling is that showing modest wines next to complex cooking generally serves only to highlight the wine’s deficiencies but this wasn’t entirely the case yesterday when Doran Vineyards from the Voor Paardeberg decided to show their range of wines at The Pot Luck Club at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.
On its own, the Pinotage 2012 (R69 a bottle) is likeable but unremarkable – red fruit and a touch of earthiness, nice freshness, a bit of tannic grip but no great weight or complexity. Score: 84/100.
Served chilled with Moroccan lamb ribs with a cumin roti, it worked a treat – a rustic wine for a rustic dish, the acidity of the wine in particular serving to offset the fattiness of the meat. A reminder once again that wine is ultimately meant to be drunk rather than scrutinised too much.
The Chenin Blanc 2012, meanwhile, is the best wine in the portfolio (also R69 a bottle). Fermentation occurring spontaneously, it spent 10 months in old oak, winemaker Martin Lamprecht leaving four out of 22 barrels unsulphured throughout. Peach and roasted almonds, some yeasty character to lend interest. Score: 86/100.