Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0 Wine Tour

Waterf-ord More Ord-inary Than Extra-ord-inary

WATERFORD ESTATE Thursday 25 April 2019 https://waterfordestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Waterford is another of those big name wine estates amid the other 800 or more in the Western Cape (and a growing number beyond too) that I have wanted...
Experience 4.5 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

Where the Lions Roar in the Wild West of Bot Rivier

LEEURIVIER WYN & OLYF Friday 29 April 2019 http://leeurivier.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 I highly doubt there any lions left in Bot Rivier even though there may have once been. I do know that my visit to Leeurivier Wyn was...
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 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 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 4.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Franschhoek’s Hidden Gem Is Reluctant to Reveal

HOLDEN MANZ WINE ESTATE Friday 15 February 2019 http://holdenmanz.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 My business at the Cape Chamonix wine estate in Franschhoek ended at lunchtime and so I decided to visit a couple of wine farms for tasting before...