Saxenburg The Drunken Fowl Shiraz 2013
Winery Location: Stellenbosch
Winemaker: Nico van der Merwe
Background: Since 1989, Saxenburg’s Buhrer family have been producing top-end wines and always with an innovative skill. This week saw the launch of another innovative wine from them called The Drunken Fowl which is a 2013 Shiraz. Made from grapes grown on the farm where the soils have proved to be relatively poor which results in a low yield, yet the wines produced end up with high flavour concentration and body. And why the Drunken Fowl.
This poem on the back label explains all:
“Bertie as you all should know is Saxenburgs resident beau
Better known as the drunken fowl he surfaces quietly, like a night owl
And when no one is there for the securing,
He consumes the wine that in the barrels is maturing.
Shiraz is his favourite one, and brings a wiggle to his wee bum.
With his rich spicy and plummy flavour.
He shouldn’t be the only one to savour!”
Result: Handsome ruby velvet colour which draws you to its aromas of fresh dark fruits with subtle peppery spice. The palate is medium to full-bodied with lively plum flavour and a smooth soft texture on the finish.
When to drink: now until 2017
Drink with what: Pepper-crusted Ostrich Fillet
Expect to pay: R70.00