Vondeling ‘Monsonia’ Voor Paardeberg

Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2015
Colour: Red
From: South Africa
ABV: 14%
Price: £15.95

Monsonia is an indigenous flower to the Paardeberg Mountain, after which this wine is named. Named after Lady Anne Monson, great grandchild of King Charles II. Controversially, her first marriage was dissolved, due to the birth of an illegitimate child but she soon remarried Colonel George Monson of the Indian Military. She was known as a “remarkable lady botanist” and was instrumental in translating Linnaeus’s famous “Philosophia Botanica”. On her way to Calcutta, she visited the Cape of Good Hope and accompanied seasoned collector of South African plants, Carl Peter Thunberg, on several expeditions around the Cape. In 1774, he named the Monsonia species of plants after her.

Like the sister wine, the white ‘Babiana’ from Vondeling, the vines for the Monsonia grow on soils reminiscent of the Rhone Valley in France. Predominately granite, storing the heat and energy ready for the vines to draw it when needed. The climate is similar too, hence why we see a very typical Southern Rhone blend of grapes in the Monsonia. 85% Shiraz (identical to Syrah), 6% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache and 4% Carignan.

The Monsonia displays classic meat and smoke on the nose with a pleasing lifted floral aroma. On the palate are plenty of ripe dark fruits, plums and blackberries with that savoury meatiness from the nose. The oak is well integrated and it finishes wonderfully smooth and intense.

Delicious with roast beef, steak, ribs and chargrilled vegetables.