V & A Waterfront Wine Affair 4 – 7 May 2010

May 7th, 2010 by karen

Walking into the Wine Affair which was hosted at the V&A Waterfront and seeing Michael Olivier’s beaming face from behind his Crush stand I knew we were in for fun night of wine tasting.  I started my first “sweep of the room” with the Cabernet Sauvignon “Blanc” 2009 from Asara (www.asara.co.za) .  Intriguing to see, as much as to taste, as this lovely pale straw Cabernet Sauvignon was poured into my glass – the first of its kind in South Africa.

One of the joys of the show was being able to speak to the winemakers / owners of the wine farms who were all out eagerly representing their brands with pride and charm.  My next stop was with Therese de Beer, the winemaker at Bartinney (www.bartinney.co.za) who commented that though she was quite tired from 4 evenings on her feet at the show it had all been well worth it! She was not wrong when she said her Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is drinking very well at the moment – what a stunning example from the Banghoek Valley with a superb mix of rich and ripe tropical fruit with hints of minerality on the finish. I popped back later in the evening to try her Noble Savage Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, not only tasty but an absolute steel for R28 per bottle (sales only through the net).

I had tasted some of Carla Pauw’s wines which she makes for Crios Bride previously, but was excited to taste those under her own brand – Saltare (www.saltare.co.za) .  I was very impressed with both her fourth release, naturally dry and zesty Saltare MCC NV as well as her Limited Release Chenin Blanc 2008 (only 400 bottles) produced from grapes from a very special block of bush vines which are more than 50 years old.

My “gem of the evening” were the wines from Tierhoek in the Piekenierskloof area (www.tierhoek.com) Roger Burton walked me through an amazing tasting of 2 vintages (last year and his “soon to be released” vintages) for his Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Grenache – yummy!!  The wines have improved in leaps and bounds with Roger wanting to “tone down the wines a little to bring them back to their original varietal roots” which is most certainly what he has achieved! I will definitely be taking him up on his offer to visit their farm for a tasting in their cottage with a roaring winter fire.

Other boutique wineries worth a mention were Klein Roosboom (www.kleinroosboom.co.za) from Durbanville Boutique Wine with their Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, Benguela Cove (www.benguelacove.co.za) who have a superb winery in Hermanus, Capaia (www.capaia.co.za)  in Philadelphia with an un-missable Blue Grove Hill Sauvignon Blanc and my “funky wine label” of the evening going to Welgegund (www.welgegund.co.za) .

Though there were not all that many of the “bigger brands” present at the show, Middelvlei (www.middelvlei.co.za) did anything but disappoint with their Momberg 2007 and I ended the night on a high note with the Landskroon Port 2005 (www.landskroonwines.com)

Food for thought……. I was under the incorrect assumption that several farms were individually matched with specific restaurants from the Waterfront to showcase some amazing pairing, but this was not to be.  There were some great offerings from various restaurants with the one that stood out for me being Meloncino who offered some enticingly well presented bite sized taste teasers

Pictures – thanks to Judy Bower www.wine.co.za

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