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Woolworths Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2012


Ideal with spag bol in front of the telly.
Ideal with spag bol in front of the telly.

The Internet works in mysterious ways. An old post on this blog about drinking Lustau Pedro Ximénez 30 Years Old VORS sherry with chef Pete Goffe-Wood and a subsequent self-inflicted head injury (see here) is currently attracting a bit of traffic. With Goffe-Wood appearing as a judge in the second series of MasterChef South Africa, there seems to be a fatal fascination with what has happened to HIS head – something resembling a hole having appeared.

“Skin cancer growth removed – now an M&M holder” was his amusing reply via Twitter. So now you know.

Thankfully Series Two of MasterChef is a lot less painful than the first – it appears that some of the contestants actually have rudimentary cooking skills. The saving grace then was The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2010 made by Nederburg in collaboration with retailer Woolworths, both sponsors of the show. It had everything you might hope for of the variety plus it sold for a very reasonable R59 a bottle.

Pop into your local Woolies in search of some casual quaffing now and you’ll find the 2012 vintage on the shelves. It’s good but perhaps not quite as instantly engaging as the 2010. Red and black fruit, a hint of vanilla, some white pepper. Clearly it’s made from fully ripe grapes and though flavourful, I thought it was marginally lacking in freshness and grip. Still a decent buy at R69.95 a bottle.

Score: 86/100.


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