Does the provenance of our food and drink matter? Of course it does. Spur beef – origin not declared, Chalmar grain-fed, Greenfields free-range. The more explicit the place of origin, the more careful the farming, the higher the premium.
Today, a function featuring some of the winning wines from the 15th annual Paarl Wine Challenge convened by the Paarl Wine Route. From the 68 entries received, 42 were Wines of Origin Paarl. Unfortunately, a number of the wines in the top 10 weren’t from Paarl including KWV The Mentors Semillon 2013 (from Darling) and KWV The Mentors Chardonnay 2012 (Elgin) served today.
Wine of the lunch was happily entirely from Paarl fruit – The Dryland Collection Joseph’s Legacy 2012 from Perdeberg (R86 a bottle).
A blend of 50% Shiraz, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot and 7% Mourvèdre, the wine spent 18 months in barrel, a combination of first-, second- and third-fill barrels.Red and black fruit, spice, dried herbs and subtle vanilla and smoke. Medium bodied with pure fruit, tangy acidity and smooth tannnins.