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.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Jordan - Second visit

Today I went to Jordan Wine Estate to taste their wine for a second time as I am a fan of their wine. The tasting was pleasant, informative, they have a great range of wine, great quality wines, and it is a nice place.

Today I went to Jordan for another wine tasting and to buy some wine. I had a different person serving me this time, his name was Eron, and the tasting was very well done. Eron has studied wine making and helped out in the cellar at Jordan, I therefore received a very informative tasting.

A tasting is R25 per person and you get to taste 6 wines. This is refundable if you purchase wine.

I had a very nice wine tasting here this time and therefore highly recommend visiting this estate when you come to Cape Town. Their wines are great and the estate is very nice. Their restaurant is in the top 10 in SA and has a great reputation. You do need to book in advance to get a table so if you are visiting from overseas, book before you get on your flight!!

Notes on the wine I tasted:
Chameleon Rose 2012 (R52.50 a bottle) had three hours skin contact. It was light, fruity and pleasant.

Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R81.50 a bottle) was very soft on the nose with pleasant light fruity aromas. It was very fruity on the palate with intense flavours, it was very refreshing.

The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (R97.50 a bottle) had a beautiful creamy nose and creamy feel on the palate. It was soft, pleasant, easy drinking and had slight tropical fruity flavours. It was matured in American Oak for 9 months, 60% was in new oak barrels and 40% 2nd and 3rd fill.

Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 (R82.50 a bottle) I didn’t like.

Chardonnay (barrel fermented) 2012 (R112 a bottle). It had nice fruity acidity on the palate, light fruits like apple and citrus, light creaminess, was smooth yet had citrus tones. 9 months, 60% new oak and 40% 2nd and 3rd fill. I liked it!!

Chenin Blanc (barrel fermented) 2012 (R81.50 a bottle) was light, fruity and pleasant. From the oldest vineyards on the estate which is 30 years old. 50% of this wine was in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels and the other 50% was in stainless steel tanks.

Riesling 2012 (R84 a bottle). This is an awesome Riesling!! Lemon tones, fruity, soft, off dry. Has a creamy honey smell. Refreshing finish of lime.

Merlot 2010 (R116 a bottle) has a beautiful fruity/dark berry nose, it is gorgeous. Pleasant on the palate. Light, soft, little dry, good tannin structure. 18 months 60% new oak and 40% 2nd and 3rd fill.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (R116 a bottle) has a very interesting nose. It is a little spicy on the nose and palate. Awesome nose and taste!! Not dry, a lot of flavour, fantastic. Wow!!

Cobblers Hill 2009 (R250 a bottle) is very nice!! Mocha nose and taste. Fruity and a bit spicy. Smooth, good body. Full of flavour. Good aging potential.

This is a very nice wine estate to visit, I do recommend visiting. Recently Jordan opened a deli/bakery so if you can’t get a seat at the award-winning restaurant, then perhaps try out their bakery.

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