Africana


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Elin McCoy ‘Bloomberg News’
“Velvety…with the depth and power (of) Italian Amarone.”

Simon Mart, ‘Simon’s Wine Blog’ UK
“The nose full of sweet dark fruit. Blackcurrant dominant. Elements of smoke, old oak and bramble/hedge rows. The palate has big, bold, drying tannins with spicy fresh black pepper. Hints of dark chocolate. This wine is fairly complex. Great with big hearty dishes.”

Norman McFarlane, ‘Bolander’
“…speaks of perfume, rich red fruit, firm acidity and seamlessly crafted wood.”

Kayang Gagiano, ‘Sawubona’
“The jewel in their crown”

Ingrid Motteux, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“Characterful, low-yielding vine-dried shiraz … 06’s vivid red-fruit aromas brushed with fresh curry leaves; superbly integrated oak embraces compact fruit, needing time to reveal charms; thread acidity carries Amarone-like finish.” RATING * * * *

Tim James, ‘1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die’ (2008)
“Delicacy and varietal character are not the point with Africana … There is drama and power, but also an austerity offsetting the hint of sweetness, with beguiling aromas and an expanding complexity of flavours as the wine develops. As Neil Beckett has said, while approving the conservative-radical thrust at Solms-Delta, ‘this pungently scented and powerfully tannic wine is unique’.”

Eban van Wyk, ‘without prejudice’
“the most unusual Shiraz I have ever tasted. This wine is meant for interesting people who want to try something new and who are willing to disregard preconceived ideas about what a Shiraz is supposed to taste like. Intense with a powerful taste and will be best enjoyed with an equally powerful meal.”

Eugene van Zyl, ‘Food & Home’
“Noteworthy”

Tom Stevenson, ‘Wine Report 2008’
Ranked 1st among the SA region’s ’10 Most Exciting or Unusual Finds’ and 22nd among the world’s ‘100 Most Exciting Wine Finds’ of the year – “Its generosity and outsized proportions are beguiling, not imposing. From Shiraz; its cranberry aromas are lifted by fresh sage, dried fennel, touches of tobacco and wet tea leaf; the palate refreshes with lemony acidity, agreeable tannins and a long, lingering, sour-cherry finish. For contemplation … Lovely, pure aromas with extremely elegant, beautifully focused fruit on the palate.”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“Delicious and distinctive … Perfumed wild strawberry & spice; full, flavoursome … remarkable feat of balance.” RATING * * * *

Brendon Shaw – the cru
“unforgettable wine…the rewards are insurmountable. I could not believe how dense and rich the flavours were – both in smell and taste. I just couldn’t stop sniffing and sipping on this lovely wine… The wild strawberry notes were gorgeous and so too was the little hint of mulled spice. This was magic, a real pleasure to experience – and it’s still young – I can only imagine that with a little maturation this is going to evolve into a truly magnificent symphony of flavours.”

Jacqui Latimer, ‘Good Taste’
“startlingly dry smokiness and throaty whisperings of strawberry and spice, is the ultimate seduction.”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide – 2007’
“exciting and flavoursome … remarkable feat of balance, brilliant ruby clarity, subtle perfumes of wild strawberry & spice. Extraordinary analysis … engaging personality” RATING * * * *

Tim James, ‘grape.co.za’
“most interesting and rewarding … beguiling nose, and an expanding complexity … generous proportions … fine tannins and a lifting acidity … a purchase one is not likely to regret – especially if you leave the wine to mature for the five-plus beneficial years it deserves”. RATING 17
“somehow in a different category: a wine for sipping at the end of a meal, with… plenty of warm thoughts – a meditation wine, (as) the Italians call their Amarone.”

Greg Landman, ‘Country Life’
“unbelievable heights … spectacular wine … will take your breath away … fabulously complex, packed with intense berry flavours … A superior addition to the estate’s marvellous range.”

Neil Beckett, ‘Icons 2007’
Solms-Delta: “The most unusual wines I came across [in South Africa]”
Africana 2005: “The most dramatic of the five [Solms-Delta] wines made from partially or totally desiccated fruit … to which the closest wine might be Amarone della Valpolicella or Sagrantino de Montefalco, though this pungently scented and powerfully tannic wine is unique.”

‘Wine Tourism News’
“An intense nose … very smooth mouth-feel … good length”

2011 Vintage

100% Shiraz. Desiccated on the vine to concentrate flavours and colour. The desiccated grapes were fermented as whole bunches, together with the stalks. After fermentation the wine was matured in seasoned French oak for 16 months. A dark concentrated wine, Africana is nuanced with liquorice, black cherries and cassis fruit, supported by subtle white pepper and floral perfume. The firm tannin on the palate is balanced by a fine acid and full body that gives the wine both generosity and an elegant finish.

The alcohol content is 14% Vol
Residual sugar 8.7 g/l
Total acidity 6.2 g/l
pH 3.40
Recommended retail price ZAR250.00
For the full Africana 2011 Wine Profile, click here.

2010 Vintage (Sorry, Sold Out)

100% Shiraz. Desiccated on the vine to concentrate flavours and colour. The desiccated grapes were fermented as whole bunches, together with the stalks. After fermentation the wine was matured in French oak for 10 months. A dark red with a floral nose, noble bitterness and intense tannin on the palate.

The alcohol content is 13.5% Vol
Residual sugar  8.3 gm/l
Total acidity  6.3 gm/l
pH 3.41
Recommended retail price ZAR210.00
For the full Africana 2010 Wine Profile, click here.

2008 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Franschhoek Shiraz. Desiccated on the vine – vine drying through strangulation is an ancient Greek practice in which the stem of each bunch of grapes is clamped on the vine weeks before harvest, to concentrate flavours and colour. The desiccated grapes were fermented as whole bunches, together with the stalks. After fermentation the wine was matured in French oak for 16 months. A dark red with a floral nose, noble bitterness and intense tannin on the palate.
The alcohol content is 13.5% Vol
Residual sugar  10.6 gm/l
Total acidity  6.3 gm/l
pH 3.24
Recommended retail price ZAR174.00
For the full Africana 2008 Wine Profile click here

2007 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Franschhoek Shiraz. The grapes were desiccated on the vine and fermented as whole bunches, together with the stalks. Matured for 16 months in new French oak. A dark red with a floral nose, noble bitterness and intense tannin on the palate.
The alcohol content is 13.99% Vol
Residual sugar 3.7 gm/l
Total acidity 5.36 gm/l
pH 3.52
Recommended retail price ZAR145.00
For the full Africana 2007 Wine Profile click here

2006 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Franschhoek Shiraz. The grapes were desiccated on the vine and fermented as whole bunches, together with the stalks. Matured for 16 months in new French oak. A dark red with a floral nose, noble bitterness and intense tannin on the palate.
The alcohol content is 13.5% Vol
Residual sugar 3.1 gm/l
Total acidity 5.7 gm/l
pH 3.48

2005 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

A totally new approach to Shiraz. The grapes have been desiccated on the vine and fermented as whole bunches, together with the stalks. Matured for 15 months in new French oak. Deep red, intense and tannic. To be savoured slowly, will mature superbly.
The alcohol content is 15.1%.vol
Residual Sugar 4.6 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.5 gm/l
pH 3.29

Solms-Delta Africana

Africana wine is a Franschhoek shiraz 100% desiccated on the vine. Desiccation on the vine is drying out of the grapes by strangulation. The stalks of the bunches are clamped on the vine before harvest, blocking the channels carrying the various components to and from the berries.

The natural acids and grape sugars are retained, concentrating flavours and colour. The desiccated red grapes are fermented as whole bunches together with the stalks and matured for fifteen months in new French oak. A totally new take on Shiraz. An extraordinarily rich wine. Deep, concentrated and tannic. Smoky oak flavours. Will mature superbly over many years. Solms-Delta’s flagship.

Africana is the cultural produce of Africa, both indigenous and colonial. Delta farm is a rich source of Africana. This is due partly to the coincidence that the first European to settle here (circa 1690) built his homestead directly over a site that stone-age toolmakers had settled some 6,000 years before. See the Museum van de Caab for detailed information of the history of the Solms-Delta estate.

We welcome you to enjoy a tasting of Solms-Delta wines at the estate, and become informed about our wines and winemaking techniques by taking our Vineyards, Cellar and Wine Farm Tour, or buy our wines available from various stockists and restaurants globally.