Value for Money from Angel Gabriel in the Vineyard

GABRIELSKLOOF WINE ESTATE Monday 29 May 2017 https://www.gabrielskloof.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Gabriëlskloof is a family-owned wine estate, established only in 2000, and located just off the N2 at Botrivier. The first vintage was made in 2009. Like so many vineyards, it was one I had heard of without knowing where it was or … Continue reading Value for Money from Angel Gabriel in the Vineyard

Verticle Tasting on the Ridge in Elgin

ELGIN RIDGE ORGANIC WINES Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.elginridge.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Elgin Ridge was the last vineyard I planned to visit in the Elgin Valley. I had already been to the more established and older wineries - Paul Cluver, Oak Valley, Charles Fox, Almenkerk and Iona - but not here. The 20 hectare … Continue reading Verticle Tasting on the Ridge in Elgin

I-own-a Wine Farm!

IONA WINE FARM Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.iona.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 There are times during wine tasting when one unexpected moment changes the entire direction or recollection of the tasting. It could be a particular wine, for example the 2016 Chenin Blanc at DeMorgenzon or 2016 Estate Chardonnay at Hamilton Russell, which are the … Continue reading I-own-a Wine Farm!

Good Things Come in Twos – at Southern Right too!

SOUTHERN RIGHT Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.southernright.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 (Tasting Room closed) Wines: 4.5/5 The Hamilton Russell dynasty does things in pairs. Hamilton Russell vineyards grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and produce 2 single variety Estate wines only. Ashbourne Wines, that border the Hamilton Russell property to the East and founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell … Continue reading Good Things Come in Twos – at Southern Right too!

British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

SUMARIDGE ESTATE WINES Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.sumaridge.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The ocean was clearly visible 8 kilometres away from the elegant teal Tasting and Dining Room at Sumaridge wine estate. Whilst the glowing fire brought welcome warmth from the stiff, chill breeze outside, I needed no reminder that the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is famed … Continue reading British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation

LA VIERGE PRIVATE CELLAR Friday 12 May 2017 https://lavierge.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The La Vierge Private Cellar is a lot of fun. Set on a rising bend off the R320 between Hermanus and Caledon in the attractive Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the approach to the large, open Tasting Room and Restaurant is via a raised walkway … Continue reading Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation

Serenity without Worry or Preoccupation in the Chapel

ATARAXIA WINES Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.ataraxiawines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The Ataraxia vineyard sits high up in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The distinctive wine lounge, built to look like a white chapel in the vernacular architectural style of the Overberg, sits high too. Its elevated position beneath the Babylonstoren mountain range makes for a spectacular … Continue reading Serenity without Worry or Preoccupation in the Chapel