It is predicted that with climate change, South Africa’s traditional wine growing areas are going to become hotter and drier and inevitably there will be a shift in plantings to varieties adapted to these new conditions. The grapes of Spain, Portugal, southern Italy and Greece are likely to feature and we’re all going to have to get used to new flavour profiles.
It’s happening already if new wines from Allesverloren in the Swartland and De Krans in Calitzdorp featuring varieties from Portugal’s Douro region are anything to go by.
Allesverloren Trés Vermelhos 2012
39% Souzao, 32% Tinta Barocca and 29% Touriga Naçional. Blue and black fruit, spice and subtle chocolate. Intended to impress being full bodied and smooth textured. A bit lumbering but tangy acidity ensures the wine is not devoid of life.
De Krans Tritonia 2011
Approximate retail price: R150
70% Touriga Naçional, 20% Tinta Barocca and 10% Tinta Roriz. Very perfumed with notes of red and black fruit, potpourri and spice. Medium bodied with pure fruit, zippy acidity and firm but fine tannins.