“Excuse me, but is anyone picking up caoutchouc brûlé in wine #7?” is a great line to pull out while judging the ABSA Top Ten Pinotage Competition. What, you don’t speak French? What kind of wine judge are you, if the language of Carla-Bruni Sarkozy’s adopted nation leaves you cold? The first lady of France, who headlined at a New York concert to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday in June last year, boasts “Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi” on her birth certificate. As heir to the Pirelli tyre fortune, she should know all about rubber and the burnt rubber character some UK wine journos pick up in SA reds.

Meanwhile “Tedeschi” is Italian for “Germans” and in the language of Goethe, the word for that notorious burnt rubber aroma/flavour of SA reds is “gummi” according to Champagne boffin Tom Stevenson writing on www.wine-pages.com where he concludes it is “Almost always a bad mercaptan fault.”

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