Mad about rugby as I am, it was with disappointment that I declined an invitation to the launch of “Osbloed”, a range of wines endorsed by former Springbok prop Os du Randt, the function set to have taken place on 1 June and therefore clashing with the announcement of this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show results.
The concept was developed by Paarl wine enthusiast Eion du Toit with production handled by Theunis van Zyl of Imbuko Wines in Wellington. There are two wines in the range, a 2010 red consisting of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Pinotage and 10% Shiraz and a 2011 Rosé from Pinotage. So far, I’ve been unable to ascertain much more except that they seem intended as accessible, everyday drinking.
Unfortunately, there seems more to this story than meets the eye. No sooner did news of an Os du Randt-affiliated range of wines break than it was brought to my attention that a wine under the same name of “Osbloed” already existed, a 2009 red blend consisting of 55% Shiraz and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon having been launched in December 2010 by Bertus van Niekerk, a headhunter by profession based in Somerset West (see here). Here the name is intended to evoke farm life, the label bearing a rendition of a clay ox with thorns for horns as a child might fashion.
My sample bottle of 2009 was medium bodied in structure with dark fruit and spice flavours, fresh acidity and a dry finish. Appealing if not very complex. The 2009 is now sold out and the 2010 retails for R64.99 a bottle.
Apparently both labels are SAWIS approved, but two completely different wines with the same name? That’s less than ideal.