Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

From the Angel Gabriel to the Arch Angel

ARCANGELI VINEYARDS Friday 29 April 2019 http://www.arcangeliwines.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Apart from a brief stop to collect a bottle of MCC from Genevieve for later review, I drove from Gabriëlskloof to Arcangeli for my next tasting on my day...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

I Needed to be Guided by the Angel Gabriel

GABRIËLSKLOOF WINE ESTATE Friday 29 April 2019 https://www.gabrielskloof.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Let us get this out of the way now but I was not on a good mood when I arrived at Gabriëlskloof. I had taken well over an...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.5

Villion Pairs with Barton in Bot Rivier

VILLION FAMILY WINES BARTON VINEYARDS & VILLAS Friday 14 April 2019 http://www.villionwines.com/ https://www.bartonvineyards.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Villion was the first wine estate I visited during a tasting day in Bot Rivier. The winemaker is Kobie Viljoen who worked for...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Ghostly Clouds Swirl at Spookfontein

SPOOKFONTEIN Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.spookfontein.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 My last tasting of the day was my first trip down the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, having worked my way up from Bartho Eksteen to Newton Johnson to Domaine des Dieux. The...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Rain Meets Earth at Newton Johnson

NEWTON JOHNSON FAMILY VINEYARDS Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.newtonjohnson.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 So much for the forecast of full sun, as I dashed amid heavy rain to the Newton Johnson Tasting Room. It was a short drive up the...
Experience 4.0 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Leaping to the Right Conclusions

LEOPARD’S LEAP FAMILY VINEYARDS Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.leopardsleap.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Leopards have always had a very special place in my heart. If I was to name my favourite animal it would be a leopard, strong and lithe...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Peace but No Rest for Rust en Vrede

RUST EN VREDE ESTATE Thursday 14 March 2019 http://rustenvrede.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Rust en Vrede is one of those grand old ladies of South African wine estates that just has to be visited if you are a true wine...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

One Day, Three Tastings, Five Wines and Seven Sisters

SEVEN SISTERS VINEYARDS Friday 1 March 2019 http://www.sevensisters.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 If you had asked me 30 years ago what the Seven Sisters are I would have said that they are a series of 7 chalk cliffs in my...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Wines Merely to Lust After

MEERLUST Friday 1 March 2019 http://www.meerlust.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Meerlust is one of those famous, historic South African wine estates that one just has to visit. Today, I was visiting the estates South of Stellenbosch. I had just tasted...
Experience 4.0 Sommelier

Speed Tasting with Sommelier ‘Royalty’ at my First SASA Meeting

SOUTH AFRICA SOMMELIER ASSOCIATION – TECHNICAL TASTING AT KLEIN CONSTANTIA Monday 28 January 2019 https://sommeliers.org.za/ Experience: 4/5 The number of educational providers, let alone wine-tastings, in and around Cape Town is overwhelming at the best of times. The busy harvest...