While many are in the Robertson Valley enjoying the Wacky Wine Weekend, we are at home drinking some fine Robertson Wines. And two of them are very South African, the Chenin Blanc and the Pinotage. Chenin Blanc is the largest planted wine grape in the country, six times more planted here than in the Loire Valley, it’s original home. Cabernet Sauvignon has found a home all over the world from its place of origin, Bordeaux in Atlantic France.
The Game Reserve Chenin Blanc is made at the well-known Rooiberg Cellar from dryland low yielding vines from the Paarl and Stellenbosch Wine Appellations, which are from 32 to 41 years old. Once in the cellar the grapes were destemmed and crushed and then allowed cool skin contact for 4 to 8 hours. 7% of the wine was fermented in previous fill 400 litre French oak barrels.
From a screw capped Bordeaux shaped bottle. Gem bright pale straw in colour. Whiffs are classical Chenin, white flowers, fynbos honey, grapefruit skin. Rich, round and ripe tropical fruits, guava assail the palate, which is full of sweet lime.
I always think chicken with Chenin. Rich, roasted, buttery, organic chicken, perhaps with some soft goat’s cheese stuffed under the breast skin.
The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from vineyards in the Firgrove Stellenbosch and Robertson and Darling Wine Appellations which produce an even handed 6 to 8 tons per hectare. The grapes are hand harvested and taken to the cellar, destalked, crushed for fermentation during which 4 daily pump overs take place to ensure gentle and maximum extraction. Maturation takes place in 1st 2nd 3rd fill French oak barrels for a period of 12 months.
From a screw capped Bordeaux shaped bottle with a Cape Leopard on the label. In the glass, a rich plum at the core which pales out to garnet at the rim. Generous black fruit, berries, cherries and spiced plums. Dark Chocolate and cherry tobacco in undertow. Nice full flavours, all in good balance with tannins well interwoven into a creamy refreshing ending.
Boerewors or other spicy sausage. Bobotie and North African spicy tagines.
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