Somerset West boutique vintner Carsten Migliarina’s winemaking goals are freshness, elegance and personality, in other words ‘wines that I enjoy drinking’. Each vintage the internationally experienced sommelier chooses a different variety for ‘exploration, creativity and fun’. 2016 was riesling, its name a double entendre which (being a family guide) we’ll take to mean ‘sidestep’, our cues being the sideways-moving chess piece on the front label and the fact that the wine, sidelining convention, is oaked!
New to the guide (2011 untasted), 2015 blends spicy syrah with 25% dark-berried cab. Velvet mouthfeel balanced by natural freshness, tannin, harmonised in older oak. For current & future enjoyment. Stellenbosch WO.