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Winemakers riding high on team spirit

If Spain’s soccer team were a wine they would be a classy red, a blend of mourvedre, cabernet franc and tempranillo grapes with a dash of cabernet sauvignon reflecting their elegance and pace.

sports Updated: Jul 06, 2010 01:38 IST

If Spain’s soccer team were a wine they would be a classy red, a blend of mourvedre, cabernet franc and tempranillo grapes with a dash of cabernet sauvignon reflecting their elegance and pace.

Argentina would be a fruity and chunky wine with dominant shiraz and malbec grapes over a nebbiolo, petit verdot, cabernet franc and sauvignon body, giving it a lively nose.

South African winemaker Roberto Bottega, who runs the Da Capo vineyard outside Cape Town, devised different blends of wine to reflect eight World Cup teams as part of the Stellenbosch wine festival.

South Africa’s Pinotage grapes give a wine the strength and firmity defenders should give a team.

The more defensive a team the more robust the wine blend. The more attacking a team, the more fruity.

“On paper, the England blend is a classy Bordeux. They are supposed to be good but sometimes boring,” said Bottega.

On the taste front the winemaker declared Spain the clear winner, with the Dutch wine the runner-up.