Don’t judge a bottle


I am discovering that the age old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”, is NOT the case when it comes to wine. In fact, I openly admit to recently selecting a bottle of wine entirely because its label was pretty, regardless of the fact that my varietal preference is usually not for Shiraz. I do know a teeny bit about wine seeing as I drink so much of it, and I happen to have been partial to previous wines from Solms Delta in Franschoek – but this was an afterthought. Yes, I chose this sneaky 2013 Shiraz because of its label including caption pertaining to the estate reading: “Creating wine, music & hope”.

And with my interest captured, I turned the bottle over to glance at the back label; which lived up to my growing expectations by reading:

Langarm (‘straight-arm) captures the mood of the Cape at the end of a long working week. It can be danced to just about any music but “Boeremusiek” is definitely best. We dance it with our arms extended like melodramatic windsurfers. Outsiders find it comical, but that it only until they have tried it.

Dark fruit, chocolate and spice, with a juicy palate and subtle French oak.

Whilst I not essentially a boer (farmer), I AM sold – and who could blame me, I mean aren’t you!? And, I have to say that I am rather relieved to have found my expectations met beyond just pleasantly surprised…

I have always associated Shiraz with spice – and I found that the Solms Delta Shiraz 2013 paired very well with our Cape Malay Mince Wraps. It’s smooth, layered, has weight without being too heavy and is just plain delish for any occasion, dressed up or down, and, you can buy it from down the road at your Pick n’ Pay.

Nan_blog picWritten for by: Nancy Hoepner – Magpie: Creative Marketing, Design and Lifestyle

Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige. |


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