Experience 3.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Dornier Disappoints

DORNIER WINES Friday 8 March 2019 http://www.dornier.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 Dornier Wines was my second tasting venue for the day having made the short journey of just a few kilometres back down the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley, South of Stellenbosch,...
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...
Experience 4.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Oh-MG at Anthonij Rupert

FRANSCHHOEK MOTOR MUSEUM AND ANTHONIJ RUPERT WYNE Sunday 14 January 2018 https://www.rupertwines.com/ http://www.fmm.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 My partner and I have an agreement that we each plan each other’s Birthday Day in secret. The occasion doesn’t always involve wine but...
Elgin Valley Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

In the Highlands in the Lowlands of Elgin

HIGHLANDS ROAD ESTATE Thursday 7 December 2017 http://www.highlandsroadestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 It was over halfway through the tasting that the proverbial penny dropped … I had looked at the Highlands Road logo in simple blue and white for some...
Durbanville Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

Wine Notes Composed at D’Aria

D’ARIA WINERY Wednesday 6 December 2017 http://www.daria.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 The Tygerberg Valley Road threads its way past vineyards large and small, immensely popular and rarely visited: Durbanville Hills; Klein Roosboom; Hillcrest; Nitida; Maastricht; Blackwater; Bloemendal; David Frost; and...
Elim & Stanford Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

Real Wines in the Place of God

BLACK OYSTERCATCHER WINES Thursday 23 November 2017 http://blackoystercatcher.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 A flock of several hundred shimmering pink flamingos flew across the road as I approached Black Oystercatcher Wines. I had half expected black oystercatchers, of course, but the...
Experience 4.0 Oliphants River & West Coast Wine 4.5

Altitudes with Wine!

CEDERBERG WINES Friday 3 November 2017 http://www.cederbergwine.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 An injured toe prevented me from taking part in the middle training day of the National Rescue Meet in the Cederberg. I turned that misfortune to advantage since I...
Experience 4.5 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.5 Wine Tour

Peter Puts into Hermanus

HERMANUSPIETERSFONTEIN WINE CELLAR Friday 29 September 2017 http://www.hpf1855.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 A weekend in Hermanus is always an exciting prospect. Even more so, as I had wanted to visit the Hermanuspietersfontein Wine Cellar for some time having sampled their...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

From Palette to Palate to Muratie

MURATIE ESTATE Friday 8 September 2017 https://www.muratie.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 ‘Visual overload’, said sommelier Nina as I stood near motionless in the Tasting Room taking in all that was there. It should not have worked. It should not have...
Experience 4.5 Helderberg Wine 5.0

Idiom Wines Make a Statement

IDIOM WINES Wednesday 23 August 2017 http://idiom.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The tall, slim dark wine bottles before me were so beautifully Italian. Elegant, refined and fashionable could have described the wine inside too. I have spent wonderful holidays in...