Nuiba. It was the unusual name and striking label that immediately first caught my attention….my first sighting of Nuiba Wines.
The name? Nuiba is the name of winemaker Suzanne Coetzee’s family farm in Namibia and her boutique range of wines, known as the Four Post range refers to a cattle staging/drinking station.
As the name suggests there are four wines in the range, namely a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (1st Post), a Shiraz (2nd Post), a Cape Blend (3rd Post) and the 4th Post being a Semillon Malbec blend.
The grapes come from the Piekenierskloof region, known for its bush vines which grow in dryland conditions.
On a recent trip to Clanwilliam, I noticed vast hectares of vineyards along the way and wondered for which wineries they were destined? Nuiba answers part of that question…there were just too many vineyards to supply just one estate.
This past weekend, we opened a bottle of Nuiba 3rd Post, a blend of 52% Pinotage, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Grenache. The grapes were carefully sourced from Pinotage vineyards older than 35 years of age, with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from bush vines.
From the moment I poured some into my glass, I knew I was onto something really special. The aroma literally leapt out and I savoured its fruit-richness. The first sip was a brief palate opener and each sip was followed by another and another and a second large glassful was poured. The bottle did not last the evening. It’s a big wine packed with flavour and balanced to perfection.
Wow, the Nuiba 3rd Post is a superb wine and I would be most surprised if it was overtaken as my favourite wine of 2019…..and its only February.
Congratulations Suzanne! I look forward to tasting the other three posts sometime soon. Maybe I can pop in on my next trip to Clanwilliam?
Available in limited quantities the wine is only available to purchase online via http://www.nuibawines.co.za. 3rd Post is R285 a bottle.