It's in danger of becoming a broken record phrase, but I must repeat that Doran continues to offer exceptional value for money. Keeping retail prices for two three-year-olds - a rich, complex, oaked chenin and a fruity shiraz to under R80 is great news for cash-strapped consumers. At a time when some industry and media players are bemoaning the fact that our wines are not priced at anywhere near the high levels that they should be, local wine-lovers can only roll their eyes and stay with Paardeberg farms like Doran.
The 2013 barrel-fermented chenin comes adorned with its 2016 Platter four and half star sticker. It's a perfect April wine, presenting a mix of seasonal autumn fruits - pear, apple and quince all comfort- baked in a deep dish - and sells for R75 from the farm. The 2013 shiraz (R79)was rated four stars by Platter, is aromatic and juicy, fruity, but not without substance, made in the New World style. With alcohol levels at 14,5 it will not please those seeking austere continental elegance, but a large percentage of shiraz fans will happily pair it with many a casserole and weekend roast.
As with Martin Lamprecht's recently -released maiden red and white blends, I think the chenin outstrips the shiraz in quality, but perhaps that's the brilliance of Swartland chenin versusthat of the syrah vines.
Incidentally, I wonder why these two flagship blends, Incipio and Arya are not listed on the Doran vineyard website?