Noble Wines without the Rot

NOBLE HILL WINE ESTATE Sunday 19 March 2017 http://www.noblehill.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Noble Hill was another estate I had not heard of or whose wine I had ever drunk. I was in the Paarl wine district, it was open for tasting on Sunday, and so I visited. The oak-lined drive guided me to a … Continue reading Noble Wines without the Rot

Red and White Wines with Frog’s ‘Legs’

ANURA VINEYARDS Sunday 19 March 2017 http://www.anura.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The shiny bullfrog perched on the circle after the entrance of Anura Vineyards surprised. It shouldn’t have. I am an ecologist, a nature guide and a wildlife lover. I know full well that Anura is the Latin for frog. Nonetheless, the ‘light bulb' moment … Continue reading Red and White Wines with Frog’s ‘Legs’

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!