John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – June 10th, 2017

South Africa’s Old Vines; Best Buys for Father’s Day and Top Rosés
By John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

Old vines make better wine. It’s a truism of which I was persuasively reminded on a recent junket to South Africa, a country with an enviable registry of old vineyards. It’s wine, not words that convince. Yet these often economically unviable vineyards are becoming like an endangered species: on the verge of disappearing. But all is not yet lost. Read my report on an important initiative to safeguard South Africa’s heritage vineyards, called, appropriately enough, The Old Vine Project. I explain why these vines are worth saving and who’s behind it. And more importantly in the here and now, I’ve compiled a list of top old vine wines worth seeking out at all costs, as well as top values from value-rich South Africa, and other top buys by region, over one hundred wines in all.

The VINTAGES June 10th release features a mash-up of themes including France, Australia, Canada Day and Father’s Day, which I’ve distilled down into smart buys for dad, or whomever, really, and some top rosés from the ultra-hot pink category.

John Szabo’s VINTAGES June 10th Buyers’ Guide:

Top Rosés

2016 Rosé de Léoube, AC Provence, France ($25.95) – A particularly fine and fresh, classy vintage for Léoube’s classic rosé, pale salmon-pink in colour and with delicate, discreet, lightly reductive aromatics. The palate is light-mid-weight, gentle but fresh, very lightly lactic (malo is done), with excellent length. Balanced, firm, delicate, saline and infinitely drinkable, all around, and well worth the premium price.…


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That’s all for this report. See you over the next bottle.

John Szabo, MS

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