Tertius Boshoff, SA’s globetrotting winemaker from Stellenrust was in Singapore last week and tweeted an ad from HSBC bank that Turkey has three times as many acres of grapes as SA. Some creative must have had a brain fart, for what does that mean to your average Singaporean? I tasted some Turkish Cabernet at the Concours Mondial earlier this year and my doors were blown off. They say things like this come in threes, so no surprises to read in The Guardian that Turkey is now making wine bottles from paper that will reduce carbon footprints to pixie size.
Paper wine bottles will open up a whole new paint box for the Cape’s edgiest label designers Fanakalo and are a great boon to safety in restaurants as they’ll make useless weapons and dropping one on the floor will not be a menace to wearers of havaianas. Of course if the paper is made from French oak, presumably extended bottle maturation will be possible, too. For a woodier wine or a Veritas double gold, just leave in the bottle for a few more years.