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

Mixed Spice at the Pinotage Festival

PINOTAGE & BILTONG FESTIVAL Saturday 23 April 2017 http://www.cvomarketing.co.za/events/pinotage-biltong-festivals-2017/ http://www.lavenirestate.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3/5 The sun shone brightly today to make for a hot afternoon at L’Avenir estate for the Pinotage and Biltong Festival. The occasion marked 2 firsts for me: my first visit to L’Avenir (I shall return for tasting at a later date) … Continue reading Mixed Spice at the Pinotage Festival

Simonsig Excellence Today with a Traditional Legacy

SIMONSIG ESTATE Thursday 20 April 2017 http://www.simonsig.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The road from Glenelly Estate to the Simonsig Estate passed many iconic and big name vineyards: Morgenhof, Edgbaston, L’Avenir, Remhoogte, Deux Frères, Muratie, Delheim and Quion Rock, to name just a few. I reflected as I passed by how the well-known estates often disappoint. … Continue reading Simonsig Excellence Today with a Traditional Legacy

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