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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES (article first published : 2002-11-1)

South African wine producers are making determined efforts to increase their share of the highly competitive market in Europe and North America. The big Distell group, formed by the merger of Distillers’ Corporation and Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery, has accelerated its move into global markets with a deal involving Oddbins, the UK liquor chain that played a key role in bringing Australian wines to Britain.

The initial Oddbins order is for wines in the Fleur du Cap range as well as two new brands, Obikwa and Oracle. Distell’s office in London has been expanded in the light of this new business. Fleur du Cap has also earned a trial listing with Albertson’s Inc., one of the largest food and drug chains in the United States, with stores in 31 states and an annual turnover of more than 36 billion US dollars.

Distell’s New York office is also taking its Durbanville Hills and Two Oceans brands, both well known in South Africa, directly to the American market, exploring opportunities in New York state, and the Obikwa and Oracle wines will be launched via an agent in the Canadian market early next year.

Other major orders have been negotiated with Germany’s largest grocers’ chains, as well as with the government-run monopolies in Sweden, Norway and Finland.

It is worth the effort. Australia now ranks as the biggest supplier of wines to the UK after France. With a currency exchange rate which clearly favours exporters, South Africa should be able to make a significant challenge.

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The Neethlingshof estate at Stellenbosch has produced fine wines for many years, some of them named after a colourful character who owned the farm in the nineteenth century. This was Marthinus Laurentius Neethling, at various times mayor of Stellenbosch and a Cape senator, known locally as Lord Neethling because of his grand appearance and lifestyle.

Lord Neethling Pinotage has for the third successive year been chosen by a panel of experts for the ABSA Top Ten Pinotage list. The 1999 vintage which won this distinction was aged in French and American oak casks for 14 months. It has an aroma of berries, cinnamon and cloves, with plums and red currant on the palate.

Neethlingshof’s brand manager Saramien Dekker recommends trying it with venison, lamb, steaks and hard cheeses, and even chocolate mousse. - Michael Green




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