WINE ENTHUSIASTS GATHER AT SUNCOAST CASINO FOR THE MERCURY WINE WEEK
By: Sonam Bhagwandas
KwaZulu-Natal’s longest standing wine show, The Mercury Wine Week is SA’s premier wine event and boasts the largest selection of Cape wines found under one roof.
The Suncoast Casino in Durban opened its doors to all wine lovers this weekend, August 28-30, who wished to find those hidden secrets and familiar favourites, those perfect finds that force you to close your eyes at every sip. A splendid collection of undiscovered treasures and old favourites were on display from over 100 estates, alongside an array of food to match favourite wines.
The event and its well-revered show specials provided the perfect opportunity for wine lovers to stock up on their preferred wines and test out the exclusive products on offer from boutique wineries.
The show was indeed a major success with visitors and exhibitors interacting and making small talk over wine testers. Varieties of wines were on hand for visitors to sample and enjoy, with each evening getting better than the next.
Simple and affordable wines found in stores across the country were on display as well as those that would cost you an arm preferably.
“Some of our wines are very expensive and aren’t suitable for students who are at University. Our signature range wine that would not cost a lot and tastes great is the Vinay that you would find in a store in Durban for only R30-00″, stated Johan Spier who is a viticulturist and one of the exhibitors at the show.
After sampling a few wines visitors came across an exhibitor that consisted of one brand, Ice Tropez, which was unlike the rest.
“Ice Tropez is a wine infused cocktail and does not have the sharp bitter taste of the mature wines mostly because it is considered more of a cocktail. Light wine with delicate white peach aromas, delightfully refreshing and consists of 6.5% of alcohol and a versatile 0% (non-alcoholic) version for the children with soft sweet fruit aromas”,said Samka Ndlove, the Director of Ice Tropez.
Visitors enjoyed tasting the various wines but for some certain wines stood out the most.
Wine enthusiasts Stuart and Zinhle Baker mentioned that they had many favourites but were very selective in their taste choices. “We have been selective and so far what we have tried we have enjoyed. The price of course goes with the type of wine that you have tried. I have thoroughly enjoyed the show as it was a chance for me to try a variety of wines”, said Zinhle.
Proceeds from The Mercury Wine Week show will be donated to the Mercury Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home.