It’s time once again for wine of the month club! I was lucky enough to sample my fair share of wines over the past few months and now I’m back, ready to introduce you to my favourite wine for April 2016. Say hello to Zonnebloem wine’s Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2014. Zonnebloem was one of the first cellars to focus on the lesser-known Mediterranean grapes that are so well suited to climate change, and its big, juicy Shiraz/Mourvèdre/Viognier blend is one of the Cape’s best-kept secrets.
Rich and full, its ripe berry aromas and flavours literally jump out of the glass, enlivened by spicy notes of nutmeg, pepper and cloves. Some savoury, truffle notes also add to the appeal, creating a generously and satisfyingly lingering taste.
A lot of work went into making this unique blend and all three of the Rhône varieties used were sourced from vineyards in Stellenbosch. Each vineyard block was handled separately in the cellar and individually aged for a year in a combination of new and second-fill French oak before the blend was made up. The result is a wine that can be enjoyed alongside your favourite dish or on its own.
The Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2014 stands up really well to robust flavours like soy sauce and black pepper so it will pair perfectly with a rich mushroom risotto or a slow-cooked roast such as beef short ribs or pulled pork.
The 2014 vintage is now on sale and is available nationally for around R79 a bottle.