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.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Haute Cabriere

Today we went to Haute Cabriere. The service was very good here, the wine was nice and the view was lovely.

There is a standard tasting for R30, a premiere tasting for R40 and a MCC tasting (not sure of the price).

We chose to do the premiere tasting. We got to try three MCC's, one white and two red wines. We had the Brut Sauvage R120 which is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. I liked this MCC the most out of all three. They suggest you drink this MCC with oysters. I agree that this would be a very nice wine to drink with seafood. It’s fresh, crisp and pleasant to drink.

The other two MCC’s we tried were the Blanc de Blanc which is 100% Chardonnay at R140 a bottle and Belle Rose which is 100% Pinot Noir for R110.

Next we tried the Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2011 (R75). I liked this wine; it was rounded, had good body, and a lovely lingering aftertaste.

The two reds were the Unwooded Pinot Noir 2011 (R80) and the Pinot Noir 2008 (R160). I preferred the Unwooded Pinot Noir, it was light, easy drinking, and can be drunk on its own quite easily, I think.

There is a restaurant at this winery. We didn’t eat there this time round, but are very keen to eat there next time.

I would recommend visiting this winery if in Franschhoek. It’s a cute place, has good service, the staff have good knowledge of the wine, the wine is nice and the view at this place is lovely.

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