With the new year under-way, what can we look forward to in the world of wine in 2020? Read our list of the top 6 wine trends to follow this year, as highlighted by Roland.
1. Canned wines
The US market is booming with canned wine and it is already becoming apparent in the local market. So far there have been several 2019 vintage wines that are available in a can. As long as you are not keeping the wine for too long, the benefits are obvious.
The number of new, dry, salmon-coloured rosés on the market is remarkable. Especially when compared to the sweet, bright pink rosés of the past. With the growing demand for high-end, refined rosé, expect more subtle, age-worthy and serious versions, made from the likes of Mourvèdre and Grenache.
3. Better oak
Gone are the days of over-oaked wines! Hooray! Not only is oak expensive, but today’s winemakers focus more on fruit purity and balance, allowing the terroir and personality of the grape to shine through.
4. Blanc de Blancs
Premium South African sparkling wine, or Cap Classique, is a growing category as the quality moves closer towards the best in the world. With Chardonnay being a stronger category than Pinot Noir however, many of the top Cap Classiques are 100% Chardonnay or Blanc de Blancs. Graham Beck’s Cuveé Clive is a case in point.
5. 2017 vintage
The top 2017 reds are slowly hitting the market and they are very, very good. Time will only tell if they are on par or better than the 2015 vintage which has been hailed as the greatest modern-day vintage.
6. Online retail boom
This continues to be a major and growing trend in wine. Not only is wine heavy to carry, but browsing the internet is often a better way to find out about wines you may be interested in. Expect more and better options for online wine retail in 2020, as SA catches up to international shopping trends.