So far MasterChef SA has been pretty lame if not utterly cringeworthy but it’s all made better by the discovery of The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2010, made by Nederburg in collaboration with retailer Woolworths in their capacity as co-sponsors of the television series.
The wine contains 90% Grenache and 10% Carignan, the Grenache from Nederburg’s own relatively new plantings in Paarl, the vineyards dryland and un-trellised and the Carignan from 30-year-old vineyards between Paarl and Riebeek-Kasteel. In the cellar, the wine was aged in a selection of second-, third- and fourth-fill French and Romanian oak barrels for 18 months.
Cellarmaster Razvan Macici advises that the Carignan provides colour and structure relative to the Grenache which is “all about pepper and spice”. It’s super stuff managing to be easily accessible but also utterly involving. Red fruit and, yes, plenty of spice on the nose before a palate that is medium bodied with good fruit concentration, fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Overall, great balance and very more-ish. Quite primary now, I would say it’s well worth keeping for a year of three. Score: 17/20.
Macici says that if Woolworths hadn’t gone for it, it would have ended up under an auction-only Private Bin label. “I’m delighted to have it in the bottle and in general circulation”. Yours for the princely some of R59 a bottle.