With a name like A night at South Africa’s Wine Opera: jazz, classics and much more… it was no wonder the last Discovery Theatre at London’s 2023 Decanter Fine Wine Encounter drew the crowds.
Not only was the session full, but even after more than six hours of visiting stands in the Grand Tasting and Cellar Collection room, guests lingered after the session to enjoy the last few sips of their eight tasting samples and to queue for a chance to speak to the presenters.
Scroll down for tasting notes and scores of the PIWOSA Discovery Theatre wines
Ken Forrester, owner and winemaker of Ken Forrester Wines, and Tom Hanson-Smith, a director of Journey’s End Vineyards, made an engaging double act in showcasing the diverse wines of PIWOSA – the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa.
PIWOSA is a diverse yet like-minded group of 12 producers from across the Cape winelands: Avondale (Paarl), De Grendel (Durbanville), Glenelly Estate (Stellenbosch), Jordan Wine Estate (Stellenbosch), Journey’s End Vineyards (Somerset West), Ken Forrester Wines (Stellenbosch), Klein Constantia (Constantia), Paul Clüver Family Wines (Elgin), Raats Family Wines (Stellenbosch), Radford Dale (Stellenbosch), Springfield Estate (Robertson) and The Drift Estate (Overberg).
Many are family-run businesses, others from larger companies; some with more than three centuries of history, several who have been operating for just two decades. But all are united in their aim of making premium wines, sharing them with wine lovers around the world and, in so doing, flying the flag for all South African wine.
And South African wine had something for everyone, no matter what your taste, Ken Forrester told the Discovery Theatre attendees. Just like music, the reason behind his naming this Discovery Theatre A night South Africa’s Wine Opera: jazz, classics and much more…
‘But if you want to play jazz – or rock, pop, anything – you need to learn the classics,’ he explained. ‘It’s only when you have a classical background that you can start being experimental.’
He said the eight wines in this Discovery Theatre (sadly, an hour was not enough time to present a wine from each of the 12 PIWOSA members) was an attempt to take attendees ‘on a journey through South Africa of the regions, grape varieties, incredibly exciting winemaking techniques and quirky, individual winemaker personalities’.
DFWE 2023: PIWOSA wines and music
We have taken the liberty of attributing an artist and music style to each of the eight wines in the tasting along with some classic Ken Forrester quotes. But music preference, as with wine, is all a matter of personal taste, so if our comparison doesn’t resonate with you, do still buy and try the wines for yourself. And if you think there’s a better music match, do let us know at [email protected]
- Klein Constantia, Clara Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia 2022
Maria Callas (Opera): ‘The richness of a fine olive oil with a straight-backed spine of acidity’
- Avondale, Cyclus White, Paarl 2019
Ella Fitzgerald (Jazz): ‘All sorts of notes you’d never thought would go together’
- Ken Forrester, Dirty Little Secret Four, Piekenierskloof MV
Pink Floyd (Prog Rock): ‘Individual, experimental’
- Jordan Wine Estate, Assyrtiko, Stellenbosch 2022
Kraftwerk (Electronica): ‘Pragmatic, pioneering.’
- Paul Clüver, Seven Flags Chardonnay, Elgin 2022
Eroica/Beethoven’s 3rd (Symphony): ‘A symphony of flavour and texture’
- Journey’s End, The Griffin Syrah, Stellenbosch 2018
Luther Vandross (R&B) ‘Smooth’
- The Drift Estate, Ghost in the Machine Shiraz, Western Cape 2021
Source : https://www.decanter.com/events/dfwe-2023-piwosa-discovery-tasting-of-wine-and-music-517356/