Alphabetical Wines came from a decision to break the rules! Made by friends David Cope and Simon Wibberly, they didnâ€™t want to make a single varietal wine or even a classic blend. Unfussed by area or origin and not owning their own estate, or boasting years of heritage, they wanted to make wines that were fun - voluptuous yet drinkable, impressive yet affordable, honest products that are naturally fermented and made with the utmost care to maintain the integrity of the fruit and the variety character. In other words, serious wine, but wine you can pour for novices as much as aficionados. And the name? When they first started, their first red had so many varieties, that one of their mates commented â€œWow, itâ€™s almost the whole alphabet!!â€ The name has stuck, and Alphabetical Vin Ordinaire goes on!
Deep purple in the glass, there's something undeniably juicy, bitter sweet chocolatey and clove studded fruit laden about this. Dark chocolate dipped orange, a hint of menthol with a lovely warm earthiness- think sunbaked earth and terracotta pots with juicy Autumn blackberries. It would work splendidly with a grilled Barnsley chop cooked with rosemary and some whole baked garlic cloves. A great take on a Cape style Bordeaux blend. A wine made from grapes grown in the harsh but beautiful wine lands of the Western Cape, an area where the winemakers surf and the surfers make wine.Â