Hout Bay Vineyards – Simply the Best!

HOUT BAY VINEYARDS Sunday 28 May 2017 http://www.houtbayvineyards.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 It was a typical grey May day in Cape Town as I ventured up Constantia Nek. Constantia Mist and Silvermist vineyards are named so for a reason. The sun was trying its best as my altitude declined and I arrived at Hout Bay … Continue reading Hout Bay Vineyards – Simply the Best!

Horsepower in the Vineyard

WATERKLOOF WINES Monday 22 May 2017 http://www.waterkloofwines.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 The sky was cloudless at the Vineyard Hotel for the regular Monday evening wine-tasting. It was chilly on the back lawn and appropriately so as Waterkloof produces cool climate wines. I have yet to visit the vineyard, the best known of a handful … Continue reading Horsepower in the Vineyard

Wines Made to Stand the Taste of Time

MORGENSTER WINE & OLIVE ESTATE Friday 19 May 2017 http://www.morgenster.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 I was at Morgenster for a pressing engagement - in more meanings of the word than one - thanks to wine.co.za. I was invited to the launch of the new wines and labels for 2017 and unveiling of the new olive … Continue reading Wines Made to Stand the Taste of Time

How Do You Grow a Vineyard Like Maria?

NEETHLINGSHOF WINE ESTATE Friday 5 May 2017 https://neethlingshof.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The drive from Clos Malverne to Neethlingshof was barely 10 kilometres. The contrast was far greater than the distance and in so many ways too. The grand, white Neethlingshof entrance gates stood imperious against the grey sky. Ageing stone pine trees lined the … Continue reading How Do You Grow a Vineyard Like Maria?

Malverne Dis-Clos-ed

CLOS MALVERNE Friday 5 May 2017 http://closmalverne.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 I decided today to return to the West Stellenbosch area as, beyond the fabulous wines of DeMorgenzon, it was a wine-growing area little known to me. I had tasted and enjoyed the Clos Malverne Chardonnay before so it made sense to visit this boutique … Continue reading Malverne Dis-Clos-ed

Class in Glass at Glenelly

GLENELLY ESTATE Thursday 20 April 2017 http://glenellyestate.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I wrote the word ‘elegant’ in my tasting notes before I picked up the mini wine menu in the Glenelly tasting room. The estate logo of the lady riding a rhino puzzled until I saw the words “Power-Elegance-Balance”. All made sense now. The drive … Continue reading Class in Glass at Glenelly

King Chenin Kens (Knows) the Wood from the Trees

KEN FORRESTER VINEYARDS Wednesday 22 March 2017 http://www.kenforresterwines.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The 2016 Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc was my favourite white wine at the Stellenbosch PicknPay Wine Festival and so I was eager to visit Ken Forrester Vineyards. I wanted to see too if I could buy some Chenin Blanc for a Vertical … Continue reading King Chenin Kens (Knows) the Wood from the Trees