May 9th will see a celebration of the best of the New World at the Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter, and the award-winning South African IDIOM Collection of Da Capo Vineyards, which has already wowed South African judges, is delighted to have been among the smaller producers selected to participate in London.
“Idiom is about discovery, exploration and the enjoyment of a special collection of wines. There has been an incredible amount of care taken to create wines of individual excellence,” says owner Alberto Bottega whose diverse portfolio of bold, expressive wines is designed to appeal equally to wine lovers and connoisseurs.
Da Capo with its dual meaning of “from the beginning” in Italian and “from the Cape”, is ideally situated to create unique wines comparable with the famous wines of Bordeaux, the Rhone, Tuscany and Piemonte but expressed in the Cape wine landscape, or Cape idiom. The wines demonstrate a true sense of place, expressing the terroir of the high-lying vineyards on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and cooled by maritime breezes from False Bay in South Africa’s fairest Cape. IDIOM is vinified at Whalehaven boutique winery in Hermanus.
The Idiom Collection comprises big blends and also more exotic single varietal wines including a selection of Italian wines rooted in the Bottega family heritage.
The Idiom Bordeaux style blend 2005 was recently awarded a gold medal in the 2008 Swiss International Airlines Wine Awards after the 2004 vintage won a Double Gold at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards in South Africa. The medium to full-bodied Cape blend 2005 with 40% Pinotage has won silver medals at the South African Veritas and Michelangelo awards in 2007/8. The Rhone style blend 2006 (Shiraz/ Mouvedre/ Viognier) received 4 stars from Decanter UK.
The Collection’s rarer single varietals have taken the South African market by storm. The Sangiovese has been selected twice to represent South Africa at the Tri-nations Wine Challenge in Sydney, while the Zinfandel 2006 has been described by prominent South African wine writers as a “cult in the making”. The wooded Viognier, also a gold medal winner at the Michelangelo Awards in 2008, is the only white wine in the Idiom range. In a limited edition of approximately 900 bottles, a Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon and SMV have also been added to the exclusive 900 Series collection.
“The common theme in all our wines is healthy, ripe fruit. While all the wines in the collection are rich and intense, each wine also has its own unique note which differentiates it and leads to wonderful food pairing opportunities” adds Bottega. The wine is a family affair – with father Alberto at the helm with Roberto, Laura and Silvana Bottega all involved the promotion of South Africa’s newest luxury wine brand.
IDIOM is distributed by Amathus in the UK and is available at La Anabela luxury boutique in Tavistock street, Covent Garden.