A bot­tled su­per­model

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Wine of the Week: Neder­burg Wine­mas­ter’s Re­serve Ries­ling 2015 R60 The slang term for a glass of wine in the night­clubs and bars of west Africa is “an Obikwa”. Obikwa is a life­style wine brand made by Dis­tell and widely dis­trib­uted through­out the con­ti­nent. In South Africa, Neder­burg ful­fils the same pur­pose. It’s ev­ery­where. At the top of Neder­burg’s brand pyra­mid is Wine­mas­ter’s, pre­sented in an im­ported em­bossed bot­tle signed by Raz­van Macici, who used to be the Neder­burg cel­lar mas­ter un­til kicked up­stairs to be­come a con­sul­tant wine­maker.

(Next comes the Two Cen­turies range, un­der­lin­ing the length of time the Neder­burg farm has been on the scene. It makes you won­der why Euro­pean pro­duc­ers call us the “new world” of wine when South Africa has been mak­ing the stuff for longer than the Bordeaux re­gion in France.)

If som­me­lier Ti­nashe Nya­mu­doka were to be summed up in a word, it would be ‘el­e­gant’ and this spicy Ries­ling comes in the most el­e­gant bot­tle: thin and elon­gated like a su­per­model.

This wine scored high­est at a blind-tast­ing by our Well­sFaber black magic som­me­lier panel and Ti­nashe im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied it as the kind of classy drop he could serve along­side the award-win­ning food of chef Luke Dale Roberts at The Test Kitchen.

This wine, he says, is the per­fect au­tumn com­pan­ion, as the flavours are all well de­vel­oped, al­most over-ripe, with a firm line of acid­ity hold­ing it all to­gether. Try it with grilled fish with a lemon but­ter sauce or a chicken salad. It is fresh and fruity with a lin­ger­ing and pleas­ant af­ter­taste. Nya­mu­doka is the som­me­lier at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town



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