Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Blaauwklippen was Good for a Friday

BLAAUWKLIPPEN VINEYARDS Friday 30 March 2018 http://www.blaauwklippen.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I have always wanted to visit Blaauwklippen – the home of Zinfandel – but didn’t plan to today. Good Friday was Blaauwklippen’s good luck. My original plan was to...
Experience 3.5 Wellington Wine 3.5

Hope Brought to the Vineyard

THE BRIDGE OF HOPE WINES Monday 2 April 2018 http://www.thebridgeofhopewines.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 It is always a pleasure to taste wines from a new vineyard. Easter Monday brought the Bridge of Hope Wines from Wellington to the Vineyard...
Experience 4.0 Paarl Wine 4.0

Vista to Verdot at Glen Carlou

GLEN CARLOU Friday 9 March 2018 https://glencarlou.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Glen Carlou is close to Klapmuts which is in the midst of a triangle whose points are at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Kraaifontein. It was my third and final tasting...
Darling Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

The Darling from Darling Steps into the Vineyard

DARLING CELLARS Monday 19 March 2018 http://www.darlingcellars.co.za/ https://www.vineyard.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 `The darling from Darling’ was how Brand Manager Ilse van Zyl cheekily described herself. It was good to return to the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town for...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Masses of Fun and a little Chaos at the Ambeloui Harvest Festival

AMBELOUI WINE CELLAR Saturday 17 March 2018 http://www.ambeloui.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Wine – and life – is a funny old thing. A fun thing too! Ambeloui is the only winery that I have written a 3rd article on and...
Experience 3.5 Paarl Wine 4.0

Baby Thrown Out with the Bath Water?

BABYLONSTOREN Friday 9 March 2018 https://www.babylonstoren.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Baylonstoren in Klapmuts, Paarl, always excites. It’s been a few years – before I formed the Cape Wine Lovers’ Society – since I tasted their wines at the farm. I’ve...
Experience 4.5 Paarl Wine 4.5

Back to the Future in the Berg of Paarl

BACKSBERG ESTATE CELLARS Friday 9 March 2018 http://backsberg.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The entrance signs to Backsberg – South West of Paarl and within clear sight of the granite domes – made it very clear. The Estate Cellars were the...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 5.0

Magnifico – Grazie Mille Idiom!

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT IDIOM Sunday 4 March 2018 http://idiom.co.za/italian-harvest-festival-at-idiom/ http://idiom.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 As I write, I am trying to think of all those Italian stereotypes, politically incorrect as they are but always with a risotto grain of truth....
Experience 4.0 Helderberg Wine 4.0

Onderkloof Beats All the Odds Below The Valley

ONDERKLOOF WINE ESTATE Friday 2 March 2018 http://onderkloof.com/estate/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Look in the 2018 Platter’s Guide. The only mention of Onderkloof Estate is on a map at the back (page 647 if you’re really interested). It may surprise...
Experience 4.5 Helderberg Wine 5.0

Putting Capelands on the Cape Winelands Map!

CAPELANDS WINE FARM Friday 2 March 2018 http://capelands.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 Capelands? Capelands? Where the **** is Capelands? I hear you ask. I would have asked the same a week ago. It’s not a misprint for Cape Winelands. I’ll...