If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Glen Carlou is a relatively young wine estate which I knew very little about when I visited. That is an approach I prefer, as then I go in with no expectations and bias. It is ideal, in that the impression I am left with after the experience is mine, as opposed to one subliminally sneaking up on me based on ‘marketing’. I only realised at the weekend that it is Glen Carlou’s birthday month, so my timing can be part of me celebrating with them in my own way. This is not a paid for post, but my own experience having now been to the wine estate and getting connected with their hospitality. If you are not familiar with my style, I write about wine because I enjoy sharing what I learn, and so for that reason I don’t appreciate writers, particularly critics, who want to tell me what to think.
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! This wine estate is one I first visited with my brother and his family, a couple of years ago, and it was poetic in that the first time I tried one of their wines, we were together, and had to chuckle at how one of our friends seemed very eager to tell us the name of the wine estate, with the French accent in play. I still bumble my pronunciation, but Malose that night had the words just roll off his tongue. You can imagine when Chomba was in Pick n’ Pay, and she sent me a WhatsApp picture asking if she should buy this bottle of the Grand Plaisir 2008, my answer was an enthusiastic YES, given the price point, the age of the wine and the wine estate that was established in 1693 on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains between Paarl and Franschoek.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Diemersfontein prides itself on being the original coffee Pinotage since 2001. It is a beautiful wine and country estate, with views of the Du Toitskloof and Bain’s Kloof mountain ranges. A 45 minute drive from Cape Town, we have been to the estate a few times, as well as some of the neighbouring Wellington wine farms, as Chomba and I had to fulfil our desire to experience the chocolate and coffee Pinotage offerings of the wines of the region. It is therefore quite surprising that I have yet to blog about a Pinotage wine, when it is such a favourite in the household.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! My brother and his wife left me a couple of bottles of wine from the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate after their last visit. I have been meaning to visit this wine estate in Walker Bay, Hermanus, for the last decade. The Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2015, was released in April 2016 and the wine bottle, with white label, completed by the ‘premium gold foil embossed design’ looks quite elegant and appealing to the eye.
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! Anwilka vineyards remains unknown to me as a wine farm and is situated on the south end of Stellenbosch. I discovered this bottle of Petit Frère while wine tasting at Klein Constantia wine farm in the autumn of 2015. On tasting the wine at the wine farm, it really did not appeal to either Chomba or myself. However, we did think that it could be better with time, so took a gamble buying one bottle, knowing that it would be put away for aging.
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!
If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out what works for you. Wine tasting and food pairing though, is an art and science best left to the professionals. I have written before about the journey in food you will have if you join Franck and Pete at The Foodbarn in Noordhoek. When they invite winemakers to pull out their very special wines to share in the marathon of fine dining they have created, your tastebuds will experience a symphony of taste second to none. In January 2017, the guests of honour at La Table du Chef, or Chef’s Table as we have come to know it, were Chris and Andrea Mullineux, co-owners and winemaker at Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, a wine estate in the Swartland.