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 3.5 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Sip Sip Sip and Drip Drip Drip at Domaine des Dieux

DOMAINE DES DIEUX Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.domainedesdieux.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 I prefer always to taste wines where they are made. Two years ago, I tasted a small selection of the Domaine des Dieux wines at the Vineyard Hotel...
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 5.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 5.0

Eksteen Experiments in the Lower Valley

BARTHO EKSTEEN Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.wijnskool.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 It was something of a relief to be sat around a table talking with Bartho Eksteen and tasting his wines. The morning had not been the easiest. The rain...
Experience 3.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.5

Good Things Come in Twos – at Southern Right too!

SOUTHERN RIGHT Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.southernright.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 (Tasting Room closed) Wines: 4.5/5 The Hamilton Russell dynasty does things in pairs. Hamilton Russell vineyards grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and produce 2 single variety Estate wines only. Ashbourne Wines,...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

SUMARIDGE ESTATE WINES Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.sumaridge.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The ocean was clearly visible 8 kilometres away from the elegant teal Tasting and Dining Room at Sumaridge wine estate. Whilst the glowing fire brought welcome warmth from...
Experience 4.5 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 5.0

Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation

LA VIERGE PRIVATE CELLAR Friday 12 May 2017 https://lavierge.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The La Vierge Private Cellar is a lot of fun. Set on a rising bend off the R320 between Hermanus and Caledon in the attractive Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Serenity without Worry or Preoccupation in the Chapel

ATARAXIA WINES Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.ataraxiawines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The Ataraxia vineyard sits high up in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The distinctive wine lounge, built to look like a white chapel in the vernacular architectural style of the Overberg,...
Experience 3.5 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 3.0

Heaven and Earth Create a Costly Pairing

CREATION WINES Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.creationwines.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3/5 The words ‘wine’, ‘creation’, ‘heaven’ and ‘earth’ seamlessly blended together into a complete sentence as I made my way from tastings at Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson to the...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Heaven Meets Earth at Bouchard Finlayson

BOUCHARD FINLAYSON VINEYARD Saturday 6 May 2017 https://www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 It took less than 5 minutes for the kilometre hop from Hamilton Russell to Bouchard Finlayson. Cape Town, my start point for the day to explore wines of...