Sunday, 13 June 2010

World Cup Wines. Day Three. Serbia vs Ghana


Hmmm. What to say about Serbia? More worryingly, is there anything to say about wine from Ghana? Nigeria was tough enough (see below: World Cup Wines. Day Two. Argentina vs Nigeria http://thewinerules.blogspot.com/2010/06/world-cup-wines-day-two-argentina-vs.html).

The big 'wine' in Ghana is Palm Wine. 'Tapped' from the tree, it then ferments naturally, very quickly, and typically has a drinking life of only a day, after which it becomes increasingly acidic and vinegary, although some drinkers prefer it like that. In contrast to the juice tapped from the tree, which is clear and about 10% sugar, the wine is usually cloudy white, with alcohol content around 4% - like a light beer.

Serbia is probably better known for Slivovitz than wine, although nowadays Serbia is jogging alongside the New World trends with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Aleksandrovic offers a worldwide award-winning blend of the latter with Pinot Blanc and Riesling, called Trijumf Barrique.

However if you want to try something more distinctive, the wine to look for is made from Prokupac, a red grape known by 30-plus other names, many of which make reference to its intense sweetness that makes for powerful styles, including deep and dense red rosé.

Ghana 1 Serbia 2

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