Lanzerac, Wine Tasting South African Style

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”.

The Lanzerac wine estate has a lot to offer

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Imaginary Lines, Weekly Photo Shop

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

Where East Meets West

Mystery Wine, Weekly Photo Shop

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?

A hint of the tasting to come on Wednesday, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc

Red Wine, Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011

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.

If your wine taste and preference is not black and white, you are right!

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White Wine, DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2015

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!

A box full of treasures or pleasures?

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Steenberg Rosé 2016

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.

I can only pronounce Cinsault, because I heard it pronounced at The Tasting Room

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Red Wine, DeMorgenzon Maestro Red 2011

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!

 

As I enjoy bottle number 4 of this vintage of the DeMorgenzon Maestro Red 2011

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Steenberg Wine Estate, Weekly Photo Shop

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?

Red Wine, Spier Signature Merlot 2015

If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out what works for you. Welcome to our third wine of the week! Our journey continues, as we explore South African wines. You shouldn’t feel excluded from the world of wine, simply because you don’t live near a wine region. Our wine this week, is a red wine, and it is a Merlot. I chose a single varietal to try, as before we get into blends, we need to have some sense of how some of those grapes taste individually. Merlot is one of the more popular red wine varietals in the world, just behind the Cabernet Sauvignon. Both came into being originally from Bordeaux, which is why Merlot makes up one of the primary grapes in a Bordeaux Blend. Introducing the Spier Signature Merlot 2015!

Light, camera… ACTION!

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The Every Day Wine, Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2015

If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out what works for you. You might not figure out how to put across your own tasting notes, or use the verbose vocabulary that is synonymous with ‘wine speak’, but you will be able to confidently look at a wine list and order something that is to your desire when in a restaurant. You can also pick a bottle from a Retailer’s shelves, where the wine on offer is a large overwhelming choice. Introducing, the Thelema Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Vintage.

So much wine, so little time

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