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.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Kaapzicht - tasting notes

Today I tasted two of Kaapzicht's wines at home.

Pinotage 2010 - Pungent fruity nose/Christmas fruit mince smell. Ripe fruity flavour, smooth, lingering finish, lovely. There is a smell and taste I can't recognise, it almost resembles Armaretto or almond and cherries. Maybe Christmas is so close it's affecting my thoughts/palate? I felt this wine had a strong alcohol feeling which also lingers. This is the only thing that puts me off this wine. It was a very smooth wine though!!

Estate Red Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 - also very smooth. Lighter in body to the Pinotage. Not as big in flavour either. It was a pleasant, easy drinking wine. I wasn't a fan of the finish though.

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