Snow Mountain Artisanal Wines, made in beautiful Wellington…

Snow Mountain Artisanal Wines, made in beautiful Wellington…

Snow Mountain Artisanal Wines are made in Wellington which is overlooked by the Sneeuberg, a sight to behold in winter when covered in snow.

Over the last months, I have had the pleasure of tasting Snow Mountain Wines made by James McKenzie.

James McKenzie of Nabygelegen & Snow Mountain Artisanal Wines
photo by kind favour of Adamastor & Bacchus

Thought you’d like to see them and get a taste of what to buy for your festive season.

Snow Mountain Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

It smells like
Sweet tropical limes, undertow of red berries and oak spice.

It tastes like
Full mouthfeel, rich in citrus – really delicious wine. Some red berries there and a touch of spice in the ending.

It’s good with
Excellent as a refreshing glass midmorning. Made for food, goes well with sushi, sashimi and ceviche. Good too with smoked chicken and fish. Just made for my Cheese Baker Baked Camembert with Citron preserve – CLICK HERE.

Snow Mountain Syrah 2014

It looks like
From a Burgundy shaped bottle under natural cork closure. The label is an elegant etching in blue of the Nabygelegen Cellar with Wellington’s snow topped Sneeuberg.  In the glass, it is a deep plum which pales out to ruby at the edges.

It smells and tastes like
Whiffs of blackberries, blood plums, Morello cherries and the other classical expectation – fresh grind of white pepper.
Pair
Shiraz is a red meat wine. A game fish wine. A Guinea Fowl and Venison wine.

Snow Mountain Pinot Noir 2016

A wine which Owner & Winemaker James McKenzie calls the Prince of Grapes.  Once harvested, bunch and berry sorting takes place followed by a period of cold soaking which starts the gentle colour flavour and tannin extraction. Pinot Noir is not a grape with high tannins. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and this was followed by 9 months in a selection of different French oak barrels.

It looks like
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle, traditional for Pinot Noir. In the glass, an enchanting translucent cherry.

It smells like
Cherries and berries. Touch of forest floor mushrooms.

It tastes like
Delicious bright red berry and cherry fruit, gentle acidity from entry to tail. Nice full mid palate and a long ending.

It’s good with
Excellent as a glass on its own. Do chill it before serving. In its home province, it is used in cooking some pretty hearty dishes like Coq au Vin and Beef Bourguignon.

Snow Mountain Malbec 2016

It looks like
Bottled under natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle.  In the glass, it is an almost translucent dark cherry colour which pales out to purple garnet at the rim.

It smells like
Berries and plums with oak in undertow.

It tastes like
I really liked the layers that reveal themselves slowly from entry. The fruit is enchanting and reminds of rustic dark berries like mulberries and roadside brambles.  And plums.

It’s good with
This cheese is a great partner at the end of a meal. It is of course, great with spicy red meat dishes, North African Tagines and spicy sausage like boerewors.

You can buy the Snow Mountain Syrah in one of my special boxes on wine4friends.co.za – CLICK HERE

 

 

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