What types of red wines are “good” for you?

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What Types of Red Wines Are “Good” for You?

Some red wines have significantly higher levels of what science has determined to be the beneficial ingredients found in wine. Evidence also suggests that younger red wines are better than older wines when it comes to health. Find out which red wines are the best for you – and surprise: it’s not Cabernet or Pinot Noir!

We all know that alcohol can be bad for us, especially when consumed irresponsibly. However, imbibing moderately may carry with it some surprising benefits:

There's no question that people who drink moderately have lower rates of heart attacks, lower rates of diabetes, and live longer. Dr. Eric Rimm, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health 2013

Dr. Rimm’s statement isn’t just an opinion, it’s been deductively proven with hundreds of studies on alcohol and its effect on health. Of course, not all alcoholic beverages are created equally in terms of health. And, of the different kinds of alcohol (spirits, beer, and wine) there is one type that consistently outperforms the rest: wine.

The beneficial attributes of wine outplay all other types of alcohol when it comes to longevity. Of course, not all wines are created equally either! Some wines have significantly higher amounts of “good stuff” in them.

 

What to Look for in “Healthy” Wine

Here are the traits characterize wines that are better for you with respect to health:

  1. Wines that are “dry,” meaning they’re not sweet and have little to no carbs (sugar).
  2. Wines that are lower in alcohol (ideally, 12.5% ABV or less).
  3. Wines that have higher polyphenol content, particularly procyanidins.

 

What Are Polyphenols and Procyanidins?

Pretty much everything in wine that’s not alcohol or water is a polyphenol. These include tannins, color pigment, aromas, resveratrol, procyanidins, and about 5,000 other plant compounds. Of these polyphenols, the most abundant in wine for health reasons are Procyanidins, which inhibit cholesterol plaque in blood vessels. This is why wine is connected with hearth health.

 

Which Wines Have the Highest Levels of Polyphenols?

Polyphenol Content in red wines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, and Sagrantino

Polyphenols are found in the skins and seeds of grapes, so only wines that are made with skin contact (including red wines and orange wines) have elevated polyphenol levels. Certain grape varieties have more concentrations of Procyanidin. Most notably:

  • Tannat The wine of Madiran in South-West France, that also grows in abundance in Uruguay
  • SagrantinoA rare grape from Umbria, producing deeply-colored wines.
  • Petite Sirah Also known as Durif, and primarily grows in California.
  • Marselan A successful crossing between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache with very small berries that creates wines with intense deep purple hues. A rarity found in tiny amounts in France, Spain, China, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
  • Nebbiolo Nebbiolo is an important grape of Piedmont, Italy.

These grapes contain anywhere from 2–6 times as much polyphenol content as other more popular varieties like Pinot Noir and Merlot. Concentrations of polyphenols are highest when the wine is young. Of course, there are many other variables involved, including how the grapes were harvested and the wine was made. So, if you’re looking for an easier answer, go for the taste.

 

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What Do High Polyphenol Wines Taste Like?

The wines will have highly concentrated fruit flavors, higher acidity, and a bold, tannic finish. Most will have a darker color, so much so, that you won’t be able to see through your wine glass.

The more bitter, the better.

High polyphenol wines are the opposite of smooth and supple: they’re robust and bold and often described as astringent. The bitterness in wine appears to directly correlate to the level of procyanidin in a wine. So, if you like a little bitter in your life, you’re going to love these wines!

Of course, wine isn’t the only food with high levels of polyphenols. Apples, beans, chocolate, grape seed extract (as a supplement), tea, and pomegranates are great alternatives to wine with higher levels of polyphenols.

 

Great Wines for Sipping

Because these wines are perceived by most as “hard to drink,” you’ll find yourself drinking with more moderation. This isn’t a bad thing, considering the National Cancer Institute recommends men should have no more than 2 glasses per day and women no more than 1 glass (a glass is 5 oz). So, the next time you read “robust, bitter and age-worthy” on a label, you might avoid your initial instinct to run the other way!

Via  Winefolly

Visit from The Inter College Business School

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Bart Van Den Dries, our importer from the Netherlands with some of the students from The Inter College Business School B.V visited us here at Merwida Winery.

 

‘n Verrassing skuil in elke wynbottel – Versnit Artikel

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KOS EN WYN
’n Verrassing skuil in elke wynbottel

Nero d’avola se donker kleur wanneer dit gereed is om geoes te word.

Deesdae lê veral die jongeres se lus by wat in die wingerd aangaan en wat daar geplant kan word. Dit het iets te doen met die globalisering van wyn. Maar ook ’n fyner lees van klimaat en grond – en dan ’n sensitiewer bewustheid van die mark, veral die een wat immer aan ’t ontwikkel is en hoe mode verander.

Om hierdie rede is die wynland van Suider-Afrika in hierdie dae ’n lappieskombers waar jy wyndruiwe van die mees uitheemse plekke kan naspoor. Inderdaad het die eienskappe van ’n unieke druifsoort (jammer, maar die anglisistiese “kultivar” werk nie vir my nie!) tot ’n fyner studie onder die nuwe geslag wynmense gelei.

Ons beveel aan

1. Merwida Barbera 2015 (R80)

Herinneringe aan Italië se heuwelwingerde in bekoorlike pruim- en naeltjiegeure

2. AA Badenhorst Sout van die Aarde Palomino 2015

Wonderlike “souterige” aard aan die delikate, ontsnappende geure en mondgevoel.

3. Dagbreek Tinta Amarela 2015 (R135)

Forse vrugtegeure, ryk en ruim dog sag en intrigant omdat dit so ongewoon is.

4. Lemberg Hárslevelü 2014 (R180)

Eksoties met perske en speserye-aromas, vol persoonlikheid en altyd delikaat.

5. Bosman Nero d’Avola 2015 (R150)

Sisilië s’n is ’n vakansiebelewenis. Hierdie een is so vars en verleidelik.

6. Overgauw Sylvaner 2016 (R120)

Appelkose, blomme en kruie wat die wyn ’n lieflike gespreksgenoot aan tafel maak.

7. B de Alexandria 2016 (R150)

Tipies Kaaps, maar ook anders, omdat die wyn so verfynd droog is. Lemoenbloeisels.

Hulle sal dalk baklei en filosofeer oor wat “terroir” is, maar elke wynmaker praat vandag van wat die wingerd aan die fyn kuns van wyn verskaf. En as jul druiwe persoonlikheid het, of goed met mekaar kan trou, waarom sou ’n mens nie kelderjeuk aanmoedig nie?

Maar dis natuurlik hóé die druiwe-immigrante hul geaardheid hier aanpas wat die avontuur in die bottel bestel.

Die laaste aantal jare het die vreemde name, danksy goeie vertroeteling van stokkiemense en so, al hoe meer op ons etikette verskyn.

Ten minste dra druiwe soos albarino, verdelho, tanat en barbarossa daartoe by om die kaleidoskoop van Kaapse wyn nog helder te laat skyn.

En dan is daar die plaaslike ou bekendes wat só uit die mode geraak het dat ons hulle amper vergeet het. Gelukkig het die geesdrif van die jonges ’n ding begin om daardie druifsoorte ’n nuwe kinkel te gee.

Wie onthou kurkdroë wyn van hanepoot? Of palomino wat nie in sjerrie omskep is nie? Die bakermat van die ou Kaapse wynkultuur.

Maar in die nuwe Kaapse wynwêreld woeker ons eweneens met die “vreemdelinge”.

Ons keuse vandag is om die nuwes en ongewones vir plesier en avonture aan te durf.

Druiwe-persoonlikhede

Sowel barbera as nero d’avola is rooi Italianers van oorsprong en karakter. Maar eersgenoemde kom van die verre noorde, Piëmont, en laasgenoemde van die verre suide, Sisilië.

Albei is ware “werkdruiwe” in die sin dat iedereen geduldig, algemeen en goed in die kelder tot voortreflike en aromatiese wyne verwerk kan word. Albei is veelsydig en tog uitdrukkings van waar die wingerde groei. Ons gaan met hierdie druiwe nog baie pret in die Kaapse wynlande hê.

Tinta amarela is Portugees, rooi en spesifiek van die Dão-streek en die Douro-vallei. Diegene wat die ouer Dão-wyne onthou, sal die heerlike parfuum dadelik herken.

Hárslevelü word net deur ’n Oos-Europeër reg uitgespreek. Dit is Hongaars, besonder aromaties en die grondslag van die beroemde tokajerwyne.

Janey Muller het dekades gelede op die landgoed Lemberg by Tulbagh met hierdie wit druif die avant-garde in die plaaslike wynlande gelei.

Ook sylvaner is ’n Europese wit druif met ’n lang geskiedenis – in Duitsland en die Franse streek Elsas, waar dit sterk terroir-eienskappe toon.

Overgaauw s’n, die enigste vandag op die wynlys, het ook ’n lang geskiedenis en driftige uitgesprokenheid.

Palomino is, soos die naam miskien suggereer, die gewillige wit werker wat die ganse sjerriekultuur van Jerez in Spanje eeue aan die gang hou.

In Suid-Afrika was dit ewe dienswillig totdat wynmense belangstelling verloor het. En toe het dit by die nuwe geslag weer byval gevind.

Hanepoot oftewel muscat d’alexandrie is so oud soos die Kaapkolonie en sekerlik die lekkerste druiwe om te eet. Soetwyn is, soos nagmaalwyn, deel van die plaaslike geskiedenis, maar net hier en daar is probeer om dit as ’n droë tafelwyn te produseer – in die jare sewentig in die eertydse Eersterivier-kelder en nou onder die Raats-kêrels.

 

Via Versnit

Artikel geskryf deur Melvyn Minnaar

Merwida Soetes and Soup 2017

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Exactly 3 months to go until this year’s Soetes and Soup Festival 😀

Be sure to join us at Merwida for a Mexican Fiesta!

Telephone lines off due to cable theft!

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Please note that we’ve had some cable theft in our area and our telephone lines are not working at the moment.

Please contact us via email on wines@merwida.com or 074 101 0421.

 

This Spring, Skip the Chardonnay and Try Chenin Blanc Instead

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White wines can be tricky. Chardonnay is one of most popular ones on the market today, but many people still find it to be a bit too “oaky.” Sauvignon Blanc on the other hand, another top contender, is often criticized for being a bit too “grassy.”

No matter which white wine you select – whether ordering for your table at a restaurant or serving it while entertaining – there always appears to be someone who has something to say. Enter a rising star in the white wine world, a near-foolproof crowdpleaser that is neither too oaky nor too grassy: Chenin Blanc.

Originating in France’s Loire valley, Chenin Blanc is a grape that experts praise for its extreme versatility, with any two varieties from any two winemakers unlikely to be too similar.

Although the grape comes from France and the United States led the world in acreage in the 1980’s, South Africa currently leads the world in production, with the varietal resulting in over one-fifth of all vineyard plantings, producing about half the world’s supply annually.

It’s also been the fastest-growing South African varietal in the United States in recent years, up over thirty-five percent from five years ago. “I think it’s a fun grape for wine drinkers to explore,” said a Wines of South Africa rep.

To read more online, click here.

Via Wine.co.za

Harvest Report 2017

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We had a chat with our cellar master/winemaker/viticulturist, Magnus Kriel about this year’s harvest season:

 

What was the total tonnages harvested for 2017?

15303 tons

What was the average tonnages per day?

400 – 600t/day

Percentage red and white grapes?

± 40% red and 60% white

How does this year’s harvest totals compare to those of 2016?

The crop is almost 12% lower than the vintage of 2016,  more or less 2000 tons down.

What do you think is the reason for this?

Mostly due to “Black Frost” that we experienced during middle October 2016.

How does the white and red tonnage differ from last year?

Percentage wise it is more or less the same, no significant differences. However the white grapes were more affected by the frost, luckily we had some new plantings coming in.

Did the drought affect Merwida’s harvest?

It was very dry yes, but the days were not as hot as in 2016 so we managed to irrigate all our vineyards right to the end of harvest. Drought played a minor role I would say, although some farms and some blocks were affected more than others where the full irrigation cycle per week was cut into half due to low water levels in certain dams. We could still manage to bring in our crop at desirable sugar levels though. 

Merwida had a very good year in 2016 regarding awards. Do you think this year’s harvest is of the same quality, and which wines are standing out for you?

Personally I feel that 2017 is better than 2016. The analysis of the grapes, juice and wine is a big improvement from last year. The early 2017 varietals, like the Sauvignon Blanc and the Chenin Blanc, looks very promising. It is still early days but the reds also looks really nice. It has exceptional colour and the intensity of all the flavours true to varietal character is also outstanding.

What is your overall experience of the 2017 harvest and your predictions for the 2018 harvest?

All and all it was satisfactory enough. The structural upgrades we did in the winery worked really well during the harvest. It was a very quick harvest with the lack of tonnage, but I would say one of the best ones quality wise. I hope that in 2018 the vineyards that were affected by the black frost would recover and be back to normal..

 

Gravel and Grape 2017

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Gravel & Grape wines you over!

There’s a change coming to local mountain biking, and smaller stage race events like the Gravel & Grape MTB are aiming to be at the forefront of the new direction.

There While the time of year (May), clover-leaf format and close proximity to major centres like Cape Town, Durbanville and Stellenbosch make this three-day event an enticing race option, what really sets Gravel & Grape apart is the route, and the route-building philosophy of the organisers.

Set in the stunning Breedekloof Valley, the Gravel & Grape aims to maximise the rugged terrain of the area and provide riders with an experience that harks back to a less manicured time. If you like riding, that is, actually picking the smoothest lines, tackling rock gardens, negotiating scrappy descents and winding through swooping single track, then the Gravel & Grape is the perfect ride. It’s a test of technical ability, but also with a warm welcome from the region’s people.

In a way, the ride pairs perfectly with the region’s pioneering and acclaimed Chenin Blanc initiative. Four years ago Attie Louw from Opstal Winery and a few other winemakers came up with the plan to craft small, boutique productions of chenin blanc in limited volumes. The result is the Breedekloof Makers, a band of like-minded winemakers committed to emphasising the quality of wines being made in the region. The resulting chenin wines are nothing short of phenomenal.

With Slanghoek Cellar cellar master Pieter Carstens as one of the chenin pioneers and Gravel & Grape organiser, that enterprising attitude has been carried over, unsurprisingly, into the mountain bike race. “We want people to experience the valley and region as it is for us; beautiful, challenging, unique and exciting.”

By involving a number of wine farms into the race, each day offers something different, from the highest peaks to the lowest valley floors. As it is for the chenin grapes, so it will be for the Gravel & Grape riders – on the lower regions of valley the soil is sandy with gigantic river pebbles, while higher up you find broken rock and sandstone. To get you through it all will be expertly carved trail. “Make no mistake, this is an event that will test you, but will also provide warm hospitality and the opportunity to indulge in our award-winning wines after each day’s riding,” says Carstens.

The overriding philosophy of the ride is to take mountain biking back to its roots, away from hyper-slick trails and flamboyant frills that distract from the real reason for riding – the technical challenge and happy outcome after successfully negotiating tricky trail. On a recent route recce, lucky riders experienced in a short 20km section: sandy trail, rock gardens, berms, cross-country climbing, bridges, forest riding, gentle climbs, steep climbs and breathtaking scenery.

For a region that boasts the country’s youngest wine route, there’s no better way to explore it than by bike. After riding you can also enjoy the hot springs of Goudini Spa or any of 27 wineries from the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini and Breede River areas.

This is one event that will certainly wine you over
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Gravel and Grape EXTREME Race Info 2017

Breedekloof Wine Valley brings to you the 3rd annual Grave and Grape MTB Challenge.

DATE: 5th to 7th May 2017
VENUE: ATKV Goudini Spa
Entry fee: R5 000 per team of 2 riders*NO SOLO ENTRIES

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Gravel and Grape ADVENTURE Race Info 2017

Gravel & Grape proudly announced the inclusion of a 2-Day race last year, which will this year include a solo category.

DATE: 6th to 7th May 2017
VENUE: ATKV Goudini Spa
Entry fees:
Junior Category: R2 000 per team of 2 riders
Open Category: R2 800 per team of 2 riders
Junior Solo Category: R1 100 per rider
Open Solo Category: R1 600 per rider 

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More Info & Entry Links

More information on our Gravel and Grape website: Click here
Online entries for Gravel and Grape Extreme: Click here
Online entries for Gravel and Grape Adventure: Click here

Happy Riding! The Gravel and Grape Team

Regards
The Gravel & Grape team

 
         

Gravel and Grape
Tel: 023 349 1791
www.gravelandgrape.com
info@gravelandgrape.com

 

 

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Soetes and Soup 2017 – Save the Date!

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Come Visit us at Merwida the 21st and 22nd of July for our annual Soetes and Soup Festival!