Following my recent post Top 5 Wines with Animal Names, today I am going to follow up with wines with bird names. However rather than a top five, this time we’re looking at six. We never realised we had so many wines named after birds!
Papeggaai, meaning parot in Afircans, is from the very latest ‘Rhône Ranger’ Adi Badenhorst. Here he uses all the same grapes and techniques to produce his top-drawer homage to the great wines of the Southern Rhône, planted in African soils.
It that wasn’t enough, Adi wasn’t content with naming just one wine after a bird. He’s back here with a hommage to one of his favourite Old World numbers: Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A man on a mission, a wine on song.
Moving continents now, the lovely Catamarca region in North-Western Argentina, provides the fruit for this stunningly refreshing white which is named after the new world vulture, the Condor Peak. Torrontes, with its bracing acidity, pungent fruitiness and subtle, perfumed spice is blended here with a touch of gooseberry-edged Sauvignon Blanc.
Named after ducks found in the tropics and subtropics which have distinctive whistling calls, this wine has been sourced from New South Wales in South Australia. This quacking blend has melon, apricot and citrus fruit on the nose and a fresh yet rich palate with a lovely intensity.
A juicy Pinot-esque red that is in fact a genuine Cinsault! Named after a very large bird of prey, this is from a Western Cape plot of gnarled old vines that produces tiny quantities of concentrated fruit.
The Hummingbird range of wines
Our Hummingbird range of wines features a Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho and Sauvignon Blanc. A small, tropical American bird, the Hummingbird wines are carefully crafted by our man “down under”, Steve Grimley.