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.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Klein Roosboom

Today I dropped in to Klein Roosboom as I hadn't visited this place before except for at a Durbanville wine festival.

It is in a nice building with nice decor. The service was good and friendly. A tasting costs R15 for 5 wines or R25 for 9 wines. They waive this tasting fee on purchases of 6 bottles of wine or more.

I tried the Klein Roosboom Sauvignon Blanc 2011 at R50 a bottle. It was a lovely fresh, green, tropical SB. It was very pleasant with a little acidity on the finish. It was nice.

Then I tried the Bandana Blanc 2012 at R45 a botte. It was round, soft, a little acidic, pleasant. This was also nice.

Klein Roosboom Sauvignon Blanc 2013 at R75 a bottle. This was interesting. It was floral with interesting flavours. It was beautifully balanced with aniceed on the palate. I liked this wine.

Bandana 2013 at R50 a bottle (Chenin Blanc). It was fruity, acidic, and smooth on the palate. It was ok.

Merlot 2011 at R95 a bottle. It was fruity, smooth, and a little spicy. It was ok.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 at R75 a bottle. It was jammy on the nose, overipe on the palate, very soft for a Cab. It was very fruity. It was an interesting wine. It was ok.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 at R95 a bottle. Typical Cab Sauv on the nose. Aniceed and licorice finish. This is more what I expect from a Cab. This was ok.

Janet Shiraz 2011 at R90 a bottle. A little jammy on the nose. It was soft, medium bodied, fruit driven. This wine was ok.

My Way Red Blend (Cab/Merlot) 2011 at R95 had a fynbos nose and was a little more serious. This wine is limited at 200 boxes. This wine was ok.

This was a pleasant winery to visit however I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this winery. If you are visiting wineries in Durbanville however, then this is a nice place to check out.

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