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, 9 January 2014

Eaglevlei - second visit

I have visited this winery before for a wine tasting, and I have been there once for lunch and once for dinner on separate occasions but decided to visit again to see if the wines are as I remembered them to be.

Briekorp 2012 at R55 a bottle is an unwooded Chardonnay. It was smooth, fruit driven, had tones of apricot, was a little bitter on the finish, with a nice round mouth feel. It had a fresh finish.

Berghaan 2012 at R45 a bottle is a Pinotage Rose. It had a lovely ruby red colour, lovely fruity characteristics, was off dry. I believe this wine would be quite a versatile food wine.

Tiervoel 2008 at R45 a bottle is a blend of Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon (70%/30%). This wine was smooth, light-medium bodied, pleasant easy drinking, berry flavours, light tannins.

Kroonarend 2009 at R60 a bottle is a blend of Syrah, Mouvedre and Viognier. Pleasant drinking wine, little spicy, little dry. Some interesting flavours. I picked up a little bit of licorice...

Muscat D'Alexandrie is a dessert wine at R50 a bottle.This was smooth, medium-full bodied, and it has a little brandy kick to it.

I feel that Eaglevlei is producing some very pleasant wines at a great price!! These are in my opinion great value for money wines. Eaglevlei has a nice restaurant, it is affordable and tasty food. They have plenty of seats inside and outside, a great area for children to play and a nice fireplace inside. This is a nice option for those with children.

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