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the same as for the Drostdy Hof. The brand hails from Tulbagh on the edges of the Swartland, the suddenly fashionable appellation for South African wine, where hairy young guns make exciting new blends. “Toolbag” is also one of the oldest winemaking regions in South Africa.
Drostdy Hof is a brand owned by Distell, the largest liquor producer in South Africa, which is partly owned by SABMiller. Earlier this month, the Competition Commission decided that before SABMiller could be bought by the largest brewer in the world, AnheuserBusch InBev, it would have to sell its stake in Distell, which is worth nearly R9 billion.
This could mean a foreign investment is on the cards, which could be good news for Drostdy Hof, a brand that is only distributed in South Africa.
Distell has designs on being the wine supplier for Africa and one of its brands, Obikwa, is already the slang term for a glass of wine in nightclubs in west Africa.
White blends such as this one make perfect sense in an African context: they are accessible both in terms of tropical fruit flavours and price, plus the French phrase “premier grand cru” is understandable in Francophone Africa.
Nyamudoka is sommelier at The Test Kitchen, Cape Town
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