If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! We are in the throes of winter in South Africa. The Western Cape is not getting enough rains, when this is the rainy season. A cold front has just gone through Joburg, and not too long ago, the clouds sneezed and sprayed us with rains that the Western Cape would have happily taken. Strange times, and strange weather, but the cold is not a shy participant in our theatre. So you might find it odd that in and amongst all this, I bring you a chilled white wine today. The Foundry Viognier 2013 is the wine we tasted late in April 2017, and if like me you pair it with a curry dish, you may want to give it a try now anyway. I picked up this bottle at Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, in the very month that we drank it. Some wines seem to linger in the shadows, waiting for you to discover them.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! The European travels have come to an end, and we certainly enjoyed the food, wine and beer that France, The Netherlands and Germany had to offer. I respect the Old World wines, but my love for The New World wines has not dwindled. There is plenty room for everyone in my world, so let’s get back to exploring South African wines. Old World wines are simply wines where wine making first originated, and South Africa is not part of that history. The Eagles’ Nest Verreaux was the wine bottle we opened 4 days before taking off on our trip. Have I got a story to tell you, so allow me to be a little bit longer than normal.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! I have shared my tasting experience of the Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon, but I had never been to the wine farm. Zelda had invited us to come through, after an introduction by a common friend. A vineyard with quality wines, which takes the experience factor of their offering seriously! This was not an opportunity to be missed. Lanzerac wine estate has a lot to offer, and I have always understood it to be not your “run of the mill” estate, whether it be for experiencing their wine tasting, restaurant, spa or hotel. My visit was focused on the wine tasting, as I had now had the teaser of the offering of the Stellenbosch wine farm, “against the foothills of the Botmaskop in the Jonkershoek Valley”.
My Weekly Photo Shop post does not yet have a personality and boundaries. It is my freedom to express mode on the blog. It is always a ‘story’, driven by the photograph, rather than my usual blog posts which are the photographs driven by the ‘wine story’.
This week I will share this photograph I took on my last visit to Cape Point in 2015. It is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. I am always fascinated at how people come here, and try to convince you to see the line they see where the two oceans meet.
Seeing how we respond politically of late, the funny side of the Cape Point experience is drowned a bit for me. People are obsessed with separation and lines, in spite of all the evidence that we are not that dissimilar and that we all want the same thing…
Have a nice day
It’s going to be another belter of a week as far as my day job is concerned. Still, I will blog and post the wine of the week on Wednesday. I took the opportunity for my weekly photo to segue into the wine that I will be sharing so I would be surprised if you guessed the wine estate. Then again, had you ever heard of Anwilka, a farm that produced last week’s wine of the week?
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Some people like their wines mature, while others like them young! Some people like their wines racy, while others prefer less of the lemon like acidity but rather a more neutral tone. Some people like the textural sharpness of the tannins that are gripping on the tongue while others would opt for a more smooth non-invasive flowing wine in their mouth. When you start to figure out which of those people you are, your wine journey becomes all that much more fun. That’s when you really begin to understand why you liked a specific wine and why you did not like another. The wine of the week is the Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011 vintage.
One of the joys of venturing away from wines you are familiar with, is you discover wine you like. Equally as important, is along the way, you will also start to know what wine you definitely don’t like. I blog to give you ideas as to wines that you might not have necessarily come across given South Africa has such a plethora of wines, wine types and wine styles. In six weeks of blogging, we have covered no less than 11 wines. I have blogged about white wine, red wine, a Rosé and in all that at least 14 varietals of grapes. Wine can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start, but the trick is simply to start… Find a couple of friends who are as curious as you and make it an event to taste and share notes. It also makes buying the wines safer in that you can avoid making expensive mistakes. Learning about wine takes deliberate practice. This week I am tasting the DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2015 vintage!
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out what works for you. One part of me wants to do a dipstick and check how useful, you, the reader, are finding these blog posts. Another part of me says it’s too early, keep writing because with hundreds of wine types and styles out there in the world, I have not even scratched the surface with the four South African wines I have blogged about so far. We need more time. Then we can have a useful dipstick test, but feedback along the way is very welcome and useful. I already have a request from Iblis Bane, and I have committed to tasting a Cabernet Sauvignon. That won’t be today though, as I had already lined up the next couple of tastes. Today, I get to share with you the Steenberg Rosé 2016 vintage.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out what works for you. This week’s wine sees a change of tempo, as I have shared enough of the good, everyday South African wines. I recently discovered that taste preferences are genetic. It sounds obvious with hindsight, but was not something I consciously thought of. It supports what I felt in the start of this blog on South African wines. As I post about wine weekly, I don’t have an intention of making you believe what is a good wine or a bad wine. I can simply tell you about a wine that I enjoy (a HIT) versus a wine that I personally thought was a MISS. This week I am tasting the DeMorgenzon Maestro Red 2011 vintage!
While my wine of the week has by some form of coincidence focused on South African wine from Stellenbosch, don’t under estimate the calibre and artillery that comes from Constantia wines. Scenes from wine tasting at Steenberg! The red wines are two sets of the same three wines. Knowing that, would you care to guess what’s in each glass, by the grape?