What a year for Christiaan Groenewald. Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for his Voetspore 2011 blend of Tannat and Syrah and now one of the top five Shiraz in the Best Value Guide tasting of 38 Shiraz and Syrahs late last year, revealed after we re-processed the results. Shuffling the retail prices into quality values that increase with blind tasting scores from an experienced panel of three judges, the five wines with largest quality/price ratio (the supermarket inverse of the stock market PE ratio) are easily determined.
Distell Obikwa Shiraz 2012 14.80 R30.00
Brandvlei Kelder BC Wines Shiraz 2012 14.70 R23.00
Koelenhof Koelenbosch Shiraz 2011 15.00 R44.00
Eagle’s Cliff/Arendskloof Dwyka Hills Shiraz 2012 14.70 R29.95
Ayama Shiraz 2012 15.00 R48.00
No surprises to see Obikwa on top of the pops as the West African slang for red wine is Obikwa. With sub-Saharan Africa punted as the best investment destination for the next five years, investing in Obikwa now makes total sense. Also pleasing to see a Voor-Paardeberg Shiraz from Ayama high in the value stakes, a mighty minnow among the whales.
For the same reasons that value investors like Piet Viljoen from RECM choose stocks with a low PE ratio as investment plays, soon consumers will be able to stock their cellars with value vino once our Good Value Guru Soirées swing into action. It will be like Marcel Proust visiting Mother.
Each week, 50 wines will be tasted blind and quality prices determined and uploaded onto the interwebs. No need to wait until November to hear Platter fairy tails made sighted from fear of the bogeyman of getting it wrong. The wine drinking public will be able to pair their croquettes with Chenin Blanc and madeleines with a glass of Merlot from 5-7pm at the Taj Hotel every Monday as they wait for the traditional traffic snarl up at the Jip de Jager exit of the N1 to unravel.