A bottled supermodel
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
NEIL PENDOCK with TINASHE NYAMUDOKA TINASHE NYAMUDOKA