Mutual Attraction

2017 OLD MUTUAL WINE TROPHY WINE SHOW 8 June 2017 http://dogreatthings.co.za/trophywineshow/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (OMTWS) is South Africa’s premium wine competition. The 2017 edition was the 16th edition. The Judging Panel comprises 3 international and 6 local judges, with a range of expertise, and using the 100-point scoring … Continue reading Mutual Attraction

Learning about Wines with the Cape Wine Lovers is Super Cool

Thursday 18 May 2017 The regular wine tasting evenings are a highlight of my month. Today was no exception. I had chosen the wines of Elgin and Hermanus for a mix of reasons: I was unfamiliar with wines of the area; the wines are high quality; and Walker Bay had been suggested to me for … Continue reading Learning about Wines with the Cape Wine Lovers is Super Cool

British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

SUMARIDGE ESTATE WINES Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.sumaridge.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The ocean was clearly visible 8 kilometres away from the elegant teal Tasting and Dining Room at Sumaridge wine estate. Whilst the glowing fire brought welcome warmth from the stiff, chill breeze outside, I needed no reminder that the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is famed … Continue reading British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

Heaven and Earth Create a Costly Pairing

CREATION WINES Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.creationwines.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3/5 The words ‘wine’, ‘creation’, ‘heaven’ and ‘earth’ seamlessly blended together into a complete sentence as I made my way from tastings at Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson to the top of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Afrikaans for ‘Heaven and Earth’) valley above Walker Bay. Creation Wines … Continue reading Heaven and Earth Create a Costly Pairing

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

Hard Graft without Grafts at Abingdon Wines – No Hail to the Monkeys

ABINGDON WINE ESTATE Monday 17 April 2017 http://www.abingdonestate.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I am still smiling. Four days later, I am still smiling. I was in Durban for the long Easter weekend and the chance to visit some different vineyards was too good to miss. Three were listed on Google: Highgate Wine Estate, Cathedral Peak … Continue reading Hard Graft without Grafts at Abingdon Wines – No Hail to the Monkeys

Style or Substance? Nitida left Me Wondering

NITIDA CELLARS Saturday 8 April 2017 http://www.nitida.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Nitida Cellars was the last vineyard I visited before dashing back to Cape Town in time for the Stormers v Chiefs match at Newlands. It was barely 10km from the Meerendal estate but a road closure sent me on a merry go round. Nitida … Continue reading Style or Substance? Nitida left Me Wondering