Origin: The Gabb Family Wines, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Taste guide: Light bodied, red cherry and ripe plum fruit flavours. crisp and pleasantly tart, unoaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
OK it's rather a naff name, but this wine was developed by Gabb Family Vineyards, one of the leading families on the South African wine scene, in conjunction with top importer Bibendum Wine, for the Mitchells and Butler pub restaurant trade. As such it would have been on the menus of Toby Carvery and Harvester eateries.
Roger Gabb having come to South Africa from Shropshire planted his first vineyards in 1996 in the foothills of the Schapenberg in Stellenbosch. This beautiful location in the Helderberg basin, near Sir Lowry's Pass, benefits from cool breezes blowing in off the ocean. These are the most southerly vineyard plantings in Stellenbosch and, as the string of top wine awards achieved by Gabb Family Vineyards proves, produce some of South Africa's finest wines.
The Grape Gatsby Pinotage Viognier is the result of carefully selected parcels of fruit, handcrafted and skilfully blended by winemaker Leon Esterhuizen. Pinotage, South Africa's own red grape, accounts for 95% of the final blend and provides red fruit flavours - Cherry, Plum, Raspberry - pleasantly tart and crisp - to which the 5% of the white grape, Viognier, adds subtle and balancing floral notes.
The colour is pale ruby and the final wine is light bodied and would benefit from being served slightly cooler.
A great match for Duck, Lamb, Pork, Ham and tomato-based pasta dishes - in fact it is so adaptable it suits anything other than heavier red meat dishes.
Seen on restaurant lists at around £21 which in would indicate a retail of around £10 - at Binendwines it is just £5.50.