Wine Wednesday Quick Quiz Answers
Here are the correct answers for the Quick Quiz:
QUESTION 1 ANSWER
The most expensive bottle of South African wine is 4G Wines’ 67 Imizuzu. One bottle of wine will cost you around:
- R1 500
- R3 000
- R4 500
- R7 000
This year (2023), South Africa’s most expensive wine – excluding rare, ancient, and limited editions – will cost you at least R7000.
The title of the most expensive bottle of wine in South Africa remains with 4G Wines’ 67 Imizuzu. More than R7000 may seem like a high price for the red blend, with some experts saying as much, but it’s cheaper than when Business Insider South Africa last rounded up South Africa’s priciest bottles in 2021.
According to average online prices posted on Wine-Searcher, a bottle of 67 Imizuzu may now cost you about R1,300 less than in 2021, starting at R7087 – if you can find one.
The mysterious wine brand, allegedly the brainchild of a Switzerland-based businessperson, does not appear to belong to a specific estate. And instead of a vineyard address, their official website posts contacts for an office based in the Cape Town CBD, which Google Maps says belongs to a law firm.
QUESTION 2 ANSWER
True or False? In many vineyards, roses are planted at the end of rows, as an early warning system for the winegrower. They attract insects like aphids before the vines. They also get fungal diseases like black rot and mildew before the vines do?
Roses are planted at the end of rows as an early warning system for the winegrower. They attract insects like aphids before the vines. They also get fungal disease like black rot and mildew before the vines do. We now know that the strain of mildew that roses are susceptible to is not the same as vines but if the conditions are good for mildew on roses you can be sure they are good for downy mildew on vines too.
Another reason may be that in addition to being a ‘canary’, when the vines were worked with draft horses or oxen roses encouraged them to turn properly at the end of the rows because of their thorns, ensuring that the working animals weren’t tempted to cut a corner and damage the last vine.
QUESTION 3 ANSWER
What is the term used to describe a vineyard’s unique characteristics, encompassing the climate, soil and topography?
Terroir is a French term used to describe the environmental factors that affect a crop’s phenotype, including unique environment contexts, farming practices and a crop’s specific growth habitat. Collectively, these contextual characteristics are said to have a character; terroir also refers to this character.
QUESTION 4 ANSWER
What grape is used to make Prosecco?
- Sauvignon Blanc
Prosecco is made from at least 85% glera, which is a fruity, aromatic white grape. Other grapes are allowed in smaller quantities, including chardonnay and pinot noir, two of the main grapes of Champagne. Champagne is based on these two grapes, plus the red grape pinot meunier, and does not include glera.
QUESTION 5 ANSWER
What is the ideal storage temperature for all wine?
Heat is enemy number one for wine. Temperatures higher than 21.1° C will age a wine more quickly than is usually desirable. And if it gets much hotter, your wine may get ‘cooked,’ resulting in flat aromas and flavors. The ideal temperature range is between 7.2° C and18.3° C (and12.7° C is often cited as close to perfect), though this isn’t an exact science. Don’t fret too much if your storage runs a couple degrees warmer, as long as you’re opening the bottles within a few years from their release.
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