Second Helping – and Tasting – at Oak Valley

OAK VALLEY WINES Sunday 2 July 2017 http://www.oakvalley.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I recall writing after my first visit to Oak Valley on 5 March 2017 that I must bring my partner here. Today was the day. I booked a table for lunch and we made the trip for a leisurely Sunday day out from … Continue reading Second Helping – and Tasting – at Oak Valley

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!

It’s all Art and Wine at Almenkerk

ALMENKERK WINE ESTATE Sunday 6 March 2017 http://www.almenkerk.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 It was late on Sunday afternoon that I arrived at Almenkerk. It was the final vineyard that I visited on my day out to the Elgin Valley having already been to Oak Valley, Paul Cluver and Charles Fox. I am always struck how … Continue reading It’s all Art and Wine at Almenkerk

A Sparkling Tasting at Charles Fox

CHARLES FOX CAP CLASSIQUE WINE ESTATE Sunday 5 March 2017 http://charlesfox.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The final kilometre of my journey to Charles Fox in the Elgin Ward was along a dirt road. This built an anticipation of somewhere hand-picked and special, and so it was. This is a new wine estate and little more … Continue reading A Sparkling Tasting at Charles Fox

Proudly Keeping it in the Family at Paul Cluver – or Not?

PAUL CLUVER ESTATE WINES Sunday 5 March 2017 http://www.cluver.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I must have passed Paul Cluver wines on countless times heading East on the N2 out of Cape Town. This was an estate whose wines I had heard of but never drunk and an estate I had passed but never visited. Not only … Continue reading Proudly Keeping it in the Family at Paul Cluver – or Not?

Well and Truly Oaked!

OAK VALLEY WINES Sunday 5 March 2017 http://www.oakvalley.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Today was Elgin day and time to explore a new wine-growing area. I had reason to visit beyond my natural curiosity and sense of adventure. The Society May meeting (put the 18th in your diary now please!) will be featuring wines from Elgin, … Continue reading Well and Truly Oaked!