There is a good reason for the monkey to get on the label. Producers decided to call their Syrah Bobbejaan (South African for baboon) as the baboons visit the vineyards a lot and they love to eat ripe Syrah grapes straight from the vine. I bet the grapes are very good as the wine is delicious. This Syrah shows a lot of ripe border line jammy fruit with plums, blackberries, cherries and cassis followed by sweet spice, smoke, black pepper and tar. Rather big yet balanced with creamy tannins, delicious fruit, lovely spicy and fresh finish. Enjoy it with Braai the famous South African barbecue.
If you asked me for the most memorable wine and food pairing I had at Northcote it would have to be a dish of grouse, liver parfait, damsons and potatoes.
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There seem to be a lack of every day drinking Viogniers out there. I struggle to find anything that is interesting and delivers on the price. Domaine de Brescou gives me what I wanted. An easy-drinking Viognier that taste of Viognier grape with loads of juicy peach and apricot in the front. There is a touch of ginger and gentle floral note. The wine has just enough texture going on and the alcohol is kept on a short leash. Do not expect too much complexity or depth, drink it up on its own or with simply grilled fish. You will have a lot of pleasure from it.