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, 22 August 2013

Cape Winemakers Guild - Public Tasting

This is the first year I went to the CWG public tasting. I couldn't get over how many people attended this event. It was held at the CTICC and it was nice but I felt there were too many people.

We started off tasting all the white wines and by the time we had managed to do this we only had 30 minutes left to taste the red wines and we were running out of steam and getting hungry.

I do recommend going to this tasting, but it would be great if they could limit the number of people attending and perhaps hold it over two nights instead. Or allow more time to try the wines.

I have heard that there is another tasting where the winemakers tell you about their wine and it is more structured and enjoyable. This is called the Cape Winemakers Guild Final Pre-aution tasting. It is on the 4th of October. Unfortunately I can't make this tasting but will definitely try attend this tasting next year rather than go to the public tasting. You can find out more on the CWG on http://www.capewinemakersguild.com/events/index.asp. The CWG Auction dinners sound amazing also!!

The wines that stood out for me were:

Bartho Eksteen - HPF Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc 2012
 - Green and fruity. Sherbert. Nice. 
Carl Schultz - Hartenberg Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
 - Exceptional. Full flavour
David Traford - Sijnn Syrah 2011
Miles Mossop - Tokara Tribute 2012
 - 50/50 Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, 11 months in 40% new oak. Amazing nose, very full in flavour, mangosteen and guava especially came through.
Pierre Wahl - Rijks CWG Chenin Blanc 2012
 - Light, fruity, soft, lovely! Stunning! Smooth.
Pierre Wahl - Rijks CWG Shiraz 2011
 - very nice!
Pieter Ferreira - Graham Beck Non Plus Ultra Cap Classique 2009
 - Amazing!! Mousse. Fine bubbles. Off dry. Lovely!
Rianie Strydom - Haskell Vineyards Merlot 2010
 - a stunning wine. Hints of mocha.

Other wines that were nice and I liked:

Carl Schultz - Hartenberg Auction Reserve Shiraz 2010
Danie Steytler - Kaapzicht Cape Blend 2010
Danie Steytler - Kaapzicht CWG Cape Blend 2009
David Nieuwoudt - Cederberg Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2012
 - green, lime, mineal, lingering finish.
Duncan Savage - Cape Point The Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011
 - nice. Grapefruit.
Gary Jordan - Jordan Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2012
 - lightly wooded
Gottfried Mocke - Cape Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve 2012
 - lightly wooded Chardonnay
Johan Joubert - Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012
 - bit green. Minerality.
John Loubser - John Loubser Thirteen 2011
John Loubser - Steenberg Nebbiolo 2011
 - soft, pleasant, nicely balanced.
Neil Ellis - Auction Reserve Pinotage 2011
 - Very smooth and fruity.

Wines I didn't like:
AA Badenhorst White GrenacheVuilgoed 3 2012
Jeff Grier - Villiera MCC 2009
 - Smelled like fermenting apples and tasted like apple cider. Something was very wrong with this MCC.

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