I am fortunate to be able to taste many wines, and of course there are always more to taste.
Here are a few of my recent gems.
De Wetshof Riesling 2017
Described by famed British Wine Writer, Jancis Robinson as the finest white wine grape in the world. This is the grape which makes the fine wines of the Rhine. On De Wetshof, the wine is is crisp and delicate. The nose has the wonderful benign turpene notes and the fabulous fruit, apples, pears. The palate from entry has a brilliant acidity, soft and gentle which runs through into the aftertaste. Rich and generous with fruit, layered, and an undertow of spice. Long aftertaste.
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Groot Constantia Cape Brandy VSOP
The first brandy distilled in the Cape took place on a Dutch Ship called De Pijl, lying at anchor in the roadsteads off Cape Town. In 1672, during the harvest season, the assistant cook took on 1164 litres of Cape Wine and distilled from it 126 litres of brandy. Today, a far more serious brandy is made at the Cape with requirements of three years in small French Oak Barrels. For a superior product like this, 5 years is spent in barrel. In the glass, it is the most wonderful amber gold. The aromas are of dried fruits, pear and apricot and a touch of prune. These segue onto the palate with flavours of oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. A truly impressive glass, smooth, smooth, smooth. Out of interest, the VSOP stands for Very Special Old Pale….
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Landskroon Paul Hugo White 2020
A blend by Paul de Villiers and his cellar team of 80% Chenin Blanc and the balance Sauvignon Blanc. Free run juice and some light pressings are settled out and then used for fermentation. Sauvignon Blanc sparks up the Chenin Blanc. You have some beguiling aromas and flavours of tropical fruits. This is a drink now wine, to be enjoyed as a sipper, and is excellent with food.
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Oldenburg Cabernet Franc 2017
Cabernet Franc has a perfect home in the Banghoek Valley, in a climate cooler than the rest of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The vineyards are planted around the base of Rondekop, an enchanting little ferricrete hillock in the middle of the Estate. It must be remembered that Cabernet Franc is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon with Sauvignon Blanc as a result of a vineyard crossing in Bordeaux a couple of hundred years ago. In the glass, the wine is a rich opaque bloodplum in colour. The aromas are of spice and dark berries like roadside brambles. The palate is rich and generous and layered with a sappy acidity and the tannins show their presence gently. A truly impressive glass.
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