Having recently spent a day tasting wine in the Swartland, I can attest to a refreshing, vital and authentic wine culture in that neck of the wheatlands. The characters are a colourful and engaging combination of rural and hip with an irreverent – yet brooding and serious – calmness in their original approach to wine.
Tomes have been written about the Swartland of late, and I find it hard to add to the narrative as I am not intelligent, philosophical or good-looking enough. However, not much has been said about the dialect spoken in this wine region. The dialect is like the characters: engaging and real. But things do tend to get lost in translation. Especially when it comes to formal wine terms.
Therefore I have offered a translation of the most common wine-terms which may be useful during a visit or when bumping into a Swartland citizen in craft beer hall or a T-shirt shop.
Normal winespeak Swartland talk
Floral nose Moffie-klank
Fruit-driven Klapped with a paw-paw
Minerality Level with the gravel
Lengthy aftertaste Gooi a bit of deep throat
Over-oaked Stellenbosch wank
Plush and juicy Jags
Harsh tannins Too much holhaar
Refined Gives me a boner
Oxidised Fokken A!
Balanced Got its shit together
High alcohol Maak ‘n Zolpyp
Grip Kap ‘n dratie
Perfect Tim James
Austere Full of kak
Astringent Needs a good pomp
Sauvignon Blanc Perdepis
Brett Zimbo arm-pit
This is what I could muster so far, largely due to my limited exposure. But for the more experienced, please send suggestions so we can complete the narrative.
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