Swartland Winery produces about 2 million bottles of wine a year from grapes supplied by producers across an area of 3 600 hectares. And from this the cellar, managed by winemaker Marius Prins, produces 51 world-class styles of red, white, sparkling and fortified wines.
One of its stand-out wines is Swartland Idelia. Aptly named to denote the fact that it captures the depth and complexity of each noble grape variety, Idelia is a superb blend of older bush vines.
Brimming in tension and length, intense ripe dark fruit on the nose combines well with blackberry, cassis and cherry flavours and underlying delicate spice and cedar aromas from the new French oak. Varietals in the blend are 60% Pinotage, 25% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The last 5 years or so have seen a very distinct zeitgeist in wine and beverage culture. While there’s certainly nothing intrinsically wrong with any of the new styles, it’s a welcome change that the pendulum has begun to swing in the other direction. This year sees a wine culture that is at once casual and classic, driven by consumer values.
Swartland Idelia is the perfect fit for the 2021 wine trend. It’s a well-integrated, extremely complex and elegantly balanced Cape blend, made from low-yielding bush vines and aged for a minimum of 12 months.
Enjoy leisurely with any meat or game, rich and meaty pastas, robust stews, grilled sausages or hard yellow cheeses with a sharp bite. It’s bound to leave you with a solid buzz.
Order from: www.swartlandwinery.co.za/shop/; or phone 022 4821134.