KWV wines for an African-themed tasting
I have said before that South Africa lacks a clear oenological identity - for an Out Of Africa tasting, I brought along two award-winning KWV varietal wines from their Mentors range.
Varietal PV is unusual - it is more commonly a blending wine for adding spice and fullness; this PV is well-made and shows typical effusiveness, but would benefit from a little more contrast.
The Cab Franc is the more interesting of the two, with varietal raspberry leaf and good freshness.
KWV Mentors Petit Verdot 2014
pencil shavings, flowers and herbs with mocha and sweet spice; rich and juicy with fruit sweetness.
Match with lamb shanks or T-Bone steak on the BBQ.
KWV Mentors Cabernet Franc 2013 (Ocado, £14.95) complex oaky spice, dark juicy-jammy cherry and raspberry
fruit with porty fynbos (aka garrigue herbs) and cool mint; dense and
grippy. Long and substantial.
Match with meaty ravioli, lamb with honey and thyme, spicy stews.