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, 13 June 2012

Kanu Wine Tasting

The Kanu wine tasting was a great success.

The event was held at the Five Flies. We were able to enjoy the Giselle MCC (Viognier/Malbec) and canapes in the lounge on arrival and moved in to the Van Riebeeks room for the wine tasting.

Johan Grimbeek from Kanu winery took us through his wine. We started with the Giselle MCC, tried five different white wines, three reds and the dessert wine (Kia-Ora). They were all fantastic. My favourite was definitely the Kanu Chenin Blanc.

During the evening, we got to learn the difference between a Syrah and a Shiraz. We also tried two wines of Johans under the label Aeternitas. One was the Syrah 2007 and the other was the Chenin Blanc 2009.

We had two canapes to try with two different wines. This was done to show how the wines match food differently. We had duck spring rolls with the Chenin Blancs and the dessert wine with the poached pear canape.

Everyone enjoyed being able to ask Johan questions and we all learnt something from the evening.

The feedback was positive so I will now hold a winemaker evening every fourth month.

Thanks to Johan for taking us through his wine and thank you to all that attended. I look forward to seeing you at the next event!!!

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