Liq­uid Sun­shine

The Star Late Edition - - LETTERS -

Every­thing around a grape while it's grow­ing af­fects the flavour of the wine. In wine­mak­ing, this is known as ter­roir and some South African wine­mak­ers are tak­ing it to the next level with their ' Min­i­mal In­ter­ven­tion' wines.

We like to break it down like this: Min­i­mal in­ter­ven­tion is about get­ting out of the way of the nat­u­ral flow of en­ergy. En­ergy can­not be cre­ated or de­stroyed, just trans­ferred into an­other form. Grapevines are used to turn the en­ergy of the sun into grapes, us­ing the build­ing blocks that the vines find in the soil. If you use chem­i­cals and other for­eign agents in your vine­yard, you start adding dif­fer­ent build­ing blocks to the mix. When it comes to har­vest, there's plenty of bio-avail­able yeast around, so you don't need to add more from a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ter­roir. Get out of the way the grapes want to be wine, and if you do it right you get liq­uid sun­shine.

Put more sim­ply, the prin­ci­ple of min­i­mal in­ter­ven­tion tries, wher­ever pos­si­ble, to add noth­ing and re­move noth­ing in the wine­mak­ing process from the vine to the vat. Some may still add a small amount of preser­va­tive at the bot­tling stage, but that is a win­ery-to-win­ery de­ci­sion.

Come and meet some of South Africa's top pour­form­ers in WINEder­land at the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show, pre­sented by The Star from 7 to 9 June at Mon­te­casino. We've got a world of wine to ex­plore, for som­me­liers to som­mer reg­u­lar folks.

“He who knows how to taste does not drink wine but savours secrets.” Sal­vador Dalì

Make wine a plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence for your­self and be as­sured of a great tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the TOPS at Spar wine show, pre­sented by The Star, from 7-9 June at Mon­te­casino.

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