CAVALLI WINE AND STUD FARM Thursday 6 July 2017 http://cavallistud.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 Are you familiar with the phrase ‘Leave the best until last’? I didn’t plan it this way but this is how my day panned out. It began with disappointment. Waterkloof was closed for tasting and, surprisingly, with no alternative arrangement. I headed … Continue reading Wine Passions Mounted at Cavalli
DE WETSHOF ESTATE 2 June 2017 http://www.dewetshof.com/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 De Wetshof offered one of the few Wacky Wine Weekend activities that interested me. The ‘Bubbly of the Valley’ event was, however, fully booked. The promotion material invited wine lovers to “start your Friday off in style by tasting top sparkling wines”. The timing … Continue reading The Early Bird Catches the Wine
SPRINGFIELD ESTATE 1 June 2017 http://www.springfieldestate.com/ http://www.wackywineweekend.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 5/5 “Save the best until last”, so they say. I did so today. Time pressed at the end of my first Wacky Wines Weekend experience but I made the most of it. Springfield had been recommended by a few wine aficionados during my travels. It … Continue reading The Terroir is Honoured in the Bottle at Springfield
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
LA VIERGE PRIVATE CELLAR Friday 12 May 2017 https://lavierge.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The La Vierge Private Cellar is a lot of fun. Set on a rising bend off the R320 between Hermanus and Caledon in the attractive Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the approach to the large, open Tasting Room and Restaurant is via a raised walkway … Continue reading Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation
HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.hamiltonrussellvineyards.com/ http://www.ashbournewines.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 The Hamilton Russell brand evokes quality wines of award-winning excellence. A glance at the Platter’s Guide shows 5/4½ stars for their 2 wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the grape varietals for which the vineyard is renowned. I wanted to see and taste for myself. I had … Continue reading Two Dam Good!
KEN FORRESTER VINEYARDS Wednesday 22 March 2017 http://www.kenforresterwines.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The 2016 Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc was my favourite white wine at the Stellenbosch PicknPay Wine Festival and so I was eager to visit Ken Forrester Vineyards. I wanted to see too if I could buy some Chenin Blanc for a Vertical … Continue reading King Chenin Kens (Knows) the Wood from the Trees