MICHAEL FRIDJHON: Wines worth tracking down and leaving to age
In SA we experiment with varieties that are strongly identified with other wine-producing countries, writes Michael Fridjhon
Many countries have their go-to grapes, and the red and white varieties that perform well are popular among local consumers and reflect in some way domestic market tastes — or the expectations of export markets.
In Spain, you would find tempranillo and Grenache (or garnacha, as it’s called there), in Argentina it would be Malbec, in Australia it’s shifted from Grenache to shiraz in the past fifty years, and in New Zealand it’s clearly still sauvignon blanc. ..