As in other countries, the government must aim to find a balance between saving lives and saving livelihoods, but the return of the alcohol prohibition was a shock to us all in the wine industry. The decision will have a detrimental effect on the South African wine and spirits industry. Nearly 300 000 hardworking men and women are dependent on the wine industry, who are currently at risk losing
their jobs due to the current and previous ban on alcohol sales.
However, I’m blessed beyond measure to continue exporting the majority of my wines across the globe. Even during #lockdown Vine St. Imports and I started collaborating and the first shipment is due to arrive shortly, so watch this space: www.vsimports.com
Photos: Dirk Human (@BlackOysterCatcher)
IN OTHER NEWS
The Cape is experiencing a very wet winter. In Elim, the marshes have been filled up for the first time in three years as seen here above! I am hoping for some more rain and cold units for this winter to help further along the dormancy of the vines before spring arrives.
This winter, I released the Elim Sémillon 2018 as well as Darling Barbera 2018.
If you would like to know more, feel free to watch this interview video on the Darling Barbera or visit the website for more.
Thanks to David form Ex Amino for the LOVELY REVIEWS
Elim Semillon 2018
Rich aromatics and citrus, peach, winter melon, honeysuckle and warm oak spices. This intensity is continued on the palate with integrated flavours of fruit, spice and minerality; it is luxurious yet finely detailed. The lingering saline finish is recognisably Elim.
Darling Barbera 2018
Highly aromatic with blue and red fruits and a charming herbal edge. The palate is full of bright red fruits and crunchy acid. Think tomato sugo, wild herbs & mushroom consommé. Lovely medium-bodied wine with a bracing combination of tannin and acid framing the umami-esque fruit.
Pop me a mail to order and be one of the first to taste these vintages when the #lockdown regulations allow alcohol deliveries again - Link to my online store.
THE SHIRAZ CHALLENGE 2020
I am thrilled to be among 3 other Elim Shiraz winners in the top 12 this year. Congrats to all the other winners of the 2020 Shiraz challenge!
Here's a bit more from the judges:
"This category attracted a good number of entries, 164 in total, and the overall standard was extremely high with wines displaying typical Shiraz characteristics from spice, fynbos, white and black pepper to black currant and frankincense. The wines showed extreme elegance and the younger category of 2017 to 2019 showed remarkable quality which surpasses the stellar 2015 vintage. The balance, length, intensity and complexity of the wines resulted in the large number of top contenders."
I’m going to start bottling the 2020 vintage of the TSW Sauvignon Blanc soon, but more news on that later...