Was yesterday’s Salon des Vins des Vignerons Independents in Reims the inspiration for the Swartland Independent which celebrated their annual Revolution this weekend? The Salon has been running for 20 years and as a Swartland producer in the Siebritskloof, it was a real treat to see how they do these kind of things in France.
There was certainly no shortage of fantastic Syrah and Grenache on sale, like some spicy numbers from Domaine de Montine at well under €10 a bottle. They certainly impressed Dutch importer Joris Uittenbogaard (below, left) who bought some Premier Cru Champage for €9 a bottle (why are SA bubbly prices so very frothy?) with his best deal 6 bottles of Portuguese wine for €10 at Aldi. Six bottles of wine for €10 with corks, in bottles with labels. Shows just how low discounted wine prices can go.
Montine is no stranger to SA having been showcased at this year’s Bastille Day celebrations/frottage festival in Franschhoek. Thank heavens SA importers are so greedy that these wines don’t compete with our own Black Land Independents or their admirable Revolution would be short lived indeed.