If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! It’s Women’s Day as I write this, and I am all alone, without any of the women of my life. Apt, considering I am referring back to my wine tasting notes from the last time I tasted wine without Chomba. The irony of wine pairing, on my own, without the Mrs. The Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is the wine of the moment, and this bottle is available at Woolworths. Two things that I learnt today, the wine farm was bought and renamed in the year that I was born and Jeremy Walker started wine-making in the year that I finished High School. Jeremy’s parents, Eddie and Betty bought the farm.
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! 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”.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! It sounds obvious, but I choose to remind you of that every blog post, as it’s not easy getting to discover the next amazing thing, when we choose to stick with what we know. Our wine choices are not immune to this vulnerability. I made a promise many weeks ago, and it’s time I delivered on that promise. I could not wait until after Easter, so just last week I popped into Makro in search of a Cabernet Sauvignon. I scanned the shelves for a while, and the winner was the Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.
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!