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Snooth User: Tariro

South African Wines:

Original post by Tariro, Mar 27, 2009.

The future of wine lies in sharing information amongst winos around the world. I am not a good writer by a mile but I want to give you some insight into the South African wine industry.

Firstly this year, 2009, we'll be celebrating 350 years of making wine in this country - so much for "New world wines" as we're well known.

I am winemaker at Nederburg Winery (since 2005) in Paarl, near Cape Town. Our cellar crushes 21 000 tonnes of grapes every vintage and I am responsible for making white and rose wine, about 8 000 tonnes.

I am from Zimbabwe originally and I came to South Africa in 1999 to study winemakig and 10 years later I can truly say I have my dream job - enough said!

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Reply by Tariro, Jul 3, 2009.

Hi guys

I will be in Canada from 6th to 19 Sept this year. Don't have all the travelling details yet but will let you know in due course.

Our importer in the States:
Dreyfus Ashby Inc
Cathy Lischak
630 Third Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, 10017
Tel: +1 212 818 0770
Fax: +1 212 953 2366


Reply by Tariro, Jul 3, 2009.

I had an interesting tasting of Gewurtraminer last night in Malmesbury, some 40km from Paarl. I'm loving the cultivar and think I'll bottle some from this vintage - looking great.

We tried Simonsig Gewurz Special late harvest 2008 and 2009 - good but not exceptional.
Paul Cluver Gewurz 2008 - very steely, good acidity - good aging potential.
Delheim Gewurz 2008 - a bit disappointing for me!
Weltevrede Gewurz 2007 - highre alcohol, 14%

It was a pleasure to meet up with the guys in Malmesbury and they appreciated me being there.

Reply by Tariro, Jul 6, 2009.

After nearly two weeks of NO rain I'm a little concerned. The skies are covered again with clouds and it looks like the rain will pour any day soon....

What a spoting weekend we had.

Congrats to Federer for breaking the records.

Good luck Lance!!!!

Reply by shot2pieces, Jul 11, 2009.

I'm not a frequent reader of the forums, so I missed your come back :) Thank you for the extended answer to my Ayama/Nederburg distributor question. I'll keep an eye on Nederburg in my fav stores then! All the best!

Reply by Debra Ann, Jul 23, 2009.

I will be visiting South Africa in August and would love some ideas, insight... help! I don't know the South African wines and I want to spend my time in the Winelands getting to know the best is has to offer rather than bouncing from one winery to the next without a plan.

Reply by Tariro, Aug 25, 2009.

Hi "guys"

I received some great news from the International Wine Challenge. Nederburg Noble late harvest 2008 got the International trophy and South African trophy for Best Noble Late Harvest in the World.

It's now entered for the Champion Sweet Wine of the Show. Wish me luck!!

Reply by Tariro, Aug 25, 2009.

I'm busy this week tasting and selecting wines for our National Airline, South African Airways. I went through 150 wines yesterday to choose wines bottled in 187ml and served in economy class, more like what I'll be drinking.

It's a good initiative from our career that they run an industry competition like most other shows and then select the winning wines to be served on both domestic and international flights.

So one way of tasting top South African wines is to fly SAA. The competition runs every year and I've been on the panel 4th time now.

Reply by Tariro, Aug 25, 2009.

Just finished tasting for the day! Had some very good Chardonnays from 2007 and 2008 vintage. Very disappointed with the Merlot. Makes me wonder if we are trying too had to make Merlot -too much wood and not enough fruit.

Tasted 5 Pinot Niors - wow! What a blast! White blends - wow again!

Finished off with 9 Ports - never disappoints!

Reply by dmcker, Aug 25, 2009.

Sounds like busy and fund times, Tariro, for you and Nederburg. Congratulations so far, and good luck!

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