What to drink! New World Wines
Looking to the New World for your next bottle or dozen of wine? Here are six recommendations from Surrey wine experts that we're sipping on this summer.
Five Generation Nieuwoudt
Coming from the highest vineyard of western South Africa, this Chenin Blanc perfectly combines power and freshness. It is rich and complex and will go extremely well with roasted pork and curry dishes.
Pinotage, Doran Vineyards
A Red wine from Paarl on the Western Cape in South Africa, it has been matured in 225L French oak for 12 months. It shows fragrances of dried prunes, wild cherries and fresh raspberries, with subtle notes of clove and cinnamon.
Carolina Reserva Santa Carolina Carmenere
A Chilean wine made from grapes grown in the La Rinconada vineyards in the Cachapoal Valley, near the Cachapoal River which receives a large amount of rain during the short winter months. A deep, rich and complex red wine with dark plum fruit flavours, cassis, currants and hints of spice on the long finish, it pairs well with red meats, spicy sauces, curries and mature cheeses.
THE EXPERT: Nik Darlington at Pip of Manor Farm, Seale
Rocamadre Blanco 2020
A high-altitude, unwooded, unfiltered Chardonnay by young winemaking star Juanfa Suárez in the avant-garde, sought-after new Argentine region of Paraje Altamira. This will make you see Chardonnay in a whole new, stunning light.
De Kleine Wijn Koöp Ronkedoor Shiraz 2019
Shiraz from a cool, coastal South African region, Walker Bay, better known for its Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays – indeed, the only Shiraz vineyard in the area, hence why it’s called ‘Ronkedoor’, loosely translated as vagabond. It means this is a fresher, peppery, more European take on Shiraz, one we’d like to enjoy with winemaker Wynand Grobler over a proper high-summer braai, the elevated acidity making it a fine foil for grilled juicy meats and all that goes with them.
Sigurd Red Blend 2020
A beautifully modern rendition of the Barossa Valley, this is a million miles from the region’s traditional fare of meaty Shiraz. Winemaker Dan Graham has built a cult following for his creative blends like this red mélange of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Lagrein. Organically farmed and naturally made, it has everything: meaty, juicy, smoky, fruity, vibrant in every way.