Welcome to the Western Cape Wineries - a kiwi's opinion blog

I originally set up this blog to help foreigners have an enjoyable experience when visiting the western cape wineries in South Africa.

I realised that it is very difficult for a tourist to choose where to go and which wineries to visit, when you have 600+ wine producers to choose from.

When I first moved to SA December 2010, my palate struggled to adjust to SA wine, b
ut after living here for a while and after visiting over 100+ wine estates, I have found many wines which I really like and can highly recommend.

Admittingly, when you come from another country it is hard not to compare the wine in SA to what you are used to back home. However, once you realise they are not the same (they have their own characteristics due to the different soil, climate etc) and appreciate their wines for being SA wines, it will improve your opinion and experience of the wines immediately.

If you are staying in SA for a while, don't dispair, your palate will change, and you will soon find yourself liking SA wine over your home countries wine!!

I hope my blog will help wine lovers have an enjoyable wine experience while in SA.

Please note: I am not a wine connoisseur. The comments I write about the wine is mostly for my own benefit of having them on record.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Newton Johnson

The second winery on our list today was Newton Johnson. The location of this winery is very nice, the building is situated on a hill over looking the walker bay valley. In the distance you can see the ocean. It really was a lovely view!!

The building is modern and very welcoming.

The lady in the tasting room was very friendly, we tried almost all of the wines, and at this winery the tasting is free.

We started with the Newton Johnson Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (R75) which was light, fruity and nice. The Newton Johnson Resonance 2010 (R120) is 84% Sauvignon Blanc and 16% semillon. It was nice and had a lot of flavour!! The Felicite Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (R52) is easy drinking, fruity and light. The Felicite no oak Chardonnay (R52) was light and crisp. The Felicite dry rosé (R52) was 74% Shiraz and 26% Sauvignon blanc. This was light, nice and I liked it. The Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir (R220) had nice flavour, was light, and had a nice aftertaste. I also liked this wine. The Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2010 (R185) had nice earthy flavour to it, had a slightly dry aftertaste. This one had more character to it than the previous Pinot Noir. The Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2008 (R100) was 94% Syrah, 3% Mouvedre, and 3% Grenache. This had lots of plum and berry tastes to it, then a licorice aftertaste, I loved it!! We ended up buying a bottle of this one as it really stood out as a unique and fantastic wine.

After our tasting, we sat out on the decking and enjoyed a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. The view from the decking is lovely. Its really relaxing here. The service was also very good.

While sitting there I had a look at the menu, the food does sound nice, and I liked the look of the breakfast menu!!! We were all pretty keen to go back here again for a meal.

I definitely recommend visiting this winery when out this way.

On the 21st of January, we visited this winery again as my friend wanted to show it to her friends who hadn't been there before. We didn't get the same service this time round. We were the only ones there at first, so we received our first tasting. Three people then arrived and after that we were almost ignored. So it will depend on who is serving you as to what experience you get at this winery. Due to the fact we were not being served (unless we waived our hand for attention) we left after trying three. Bit disappointing considering how great our first experience was. I still recommend visiting this place though.

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