Ernst Gouws & Co – KGB Wine Club – February 2011

February 25th, 2011 by karen

Having hosted Teddy Hall twice at the wine club over the past two years I was delighted that he passed on my details to Ernst Gouws and equally excited when Ernst approached me with an interest to get involved in the wine club himself.  My focus has generally been on boutique wineries, most commonly where the owner is the winemaker, marketer, et al and Ernst Gouws & Co is not much different.  Ernst, has cleverly incorporated his wife Gwenda and daughter Ezanne into the business, with his son, Ernst Jnr, studying Oenology at the moment (www.ernstgouws.co.za)

Range of Ernst Gouws & Co wines

Whilst their offices are based at Koelenhof and Ernst makes use of their cellar facilities he is not hindered by only using land within Stellenbosch.  In fact, whilst his Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz grapes are purchased in Stellies, his Chardonnay and Merlot are from Malmsbury and his Pinot Noir from Koekenaap

Ernst Gouws & Co & KGB Wine unite

During the course of February I did three tastings on behalf of Ernst Gouws & Co.  One was for a 30th birthday party in Kenilworth and the other two, the public tastings I host (open to any interested parties) in Cape Town CBD and Blouberg.  These events offered Ernst exposure of his wines to over 50 people, most of which had never heard of his brand before.

Participants at Blouberg tasting

The feedback on the wines was exceptionally positive on the whole.  The Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc proved to be pleasantly surprising for some tasters who usually shun away from those varietals.  The Chardonnay, whilst evidently a food wine, was my personal favourite of his whites, where I found the use of oak very subtle but offering charm of nuttiness and butterscotch which added to the diversity of citrus, grapefruit and floral aromas.

Sharing "The Love of Wine"

His Merlot was by far the “pick of the month”, which was fabulous to see with a fair amount of negative press given to this grape over the past few years.  Another firm favourite (my top choice), was his Pinot Noir, which at under R100 I think offers incredible value.  This 2007 vintage was matured for 12 months on french oak with a 50/50 mix between new and second fill.  It showed some typicity with raspberries, cherries, earthiness and spice but not as “savoury” as some associate with the varietal.  I do think it is drinking at its best now though so would not put this one away for too long

Decanted Ernst Gouws & Co Pinot Noir

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