Sax ‘n’ Berg at the Vineyard

SAXENBURG WINE ESTATE Monday 7 August 2017 http://saxenburg.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 It has been a while since I have been to the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, for a Monday evening wine tasting. Tonight, it was the turn of Saxenburg to showcase 4 of their wines. I introduced myself to Paula, their representative, as she … Continue reading Sax ‘n’ Berg at the Vineyard

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

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

In the Vineyard with Beyerskloof

BEYERSKLOOF Monday 27 February 2017 http://beyerskloof.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Little more than 24 hours previously, at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival, I had sampled over 30 wines during a very long and hot afternoon. This Monday evening, in the shaded, cultured garden at the Vineyard Hotel, just 4 wines were on offer for tasting from … Continue reading In the Vineyard with Beyerskloof

Pick n Taste Time at Stellenbosch

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 26 February 2017 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 It was a baking hot Sunday afternoon when I arrived at the Coetzenburg Sports Ground in Stellenbosch for the PnP Wine Festival. I was early, like many others, and full of anticipation. I had not been before but I had recently been to wine … Continue reading Pick n Taste Time at Stellenbosch