2015 Paul Roos, Die Skoolhoof, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£18, Oddbins).
Paul Roos was the captain of the first South African rugby team to tour Britain in 1906. A notable rugby player, he also played an important role as a teacher and rector of the well-known Stellenbosch boys' school, which was later named in his honour Paul Roos Gymnasium. As an act of remembrance for their ancestor, the fifth generation Roos boys, Tjuks and Paul, who farm Rust en Vrede, set up a crche in 1983 for the children of full-time farm and contract workers. In 1994 Princess Anne, in her capacity as president of the Save the Children Fund, visited the crche and the organisation donated money for the training of the crche teachers as health workers. Today, two superb wines are made here and the proceeds of the sales of these wines helps to fund this important project.
My featured white is an 80% chenin blanc, 20% chardonnay blend and it is layered, luscious, complex and relaxed. The use of large oak barrels and natural fermentation gives it a suave, cultured appeal, which will hit the spot with lovers of succulent white Burgundies. The 2015 Paul Roos Die Filantroop is a red blend using 69% shiraz with the rest equally split between cabernet, merlot and pinotage. It is a chewy, earthy, bitter, bloody wine, with deep, dark fruit and lovely pulsating tannins. Do your bit for this worthy cause and buy a couple of bottles.
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Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).
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Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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