In the Glass – Jan 2013

January 22nd, 2013 by karen

  • I think you will see a theme of some wonderful powerful whites this month. Starting with Teddy Hall Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009. We have some of his CWG Auction wines as well so treated ourselves to this stellar example from one of the Chenin Kings
  • Bosman‘s features regularly on my monthly list as I really believe in Corlea, the winemaker, and the farms ethic in general. This exciting white blend called Adama White 2010 made from Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and a dash each of Viognier and Semillon
  • The somewhat unique blend of Shiraz and Viognier makes this Rose a winning choice. Gabrielskloof Rosebud 2012 sells out so quickly every year we make sure we stock up on our visits to the estate, which generally includes a lunch in their restaurant of course:)
  • This is the “entry level” Chenin from newly appointed Cape Winemakers Guild member Andrea, called Kloof Street 2012 from Mullineux Anything but straightforward and linear, in fact the polar opposite and yet another example of quality Chenin Blanc
  • Our “monthaversary” rolled around again, as it does, and we were caught out without any bubbly in the fridge. Shocker I know but using past festive season delay as an excuse. What better substitute than another wine from  Bosman Family Vineyards. This time a wine that was destined to be a MCC but never made it to second fermentation thus resulting in a still wine from the three “champagne” grapes – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier 2010
  • I dont know much about this estate so when my eye caught it, along with the Classic Wine Top 6 medal, it was inevitable it would end up at a dinner party we hosted earlier this month, Newton Johnson Resonance 2011. Vibrant blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon showing all the complexity and minerality you could hope for
  • This wine has sat on my wine rack for many years as is evident from the dusty bottle. It was purchased from the estate several years ago and though I probably missed its best drinking by a year this Lourensford Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 still showed some beautiful dark fruit and very soft tannins to compliment a fillet with red wine jus
  • Summer has shown its true colours in the Cape this summer. A friend, who usually prefers red came to visit and even he resorted to bringing along a Saxenburg Private Collection Chardonnay 2008, which was still holding together very well. The theme was set for the evening, so to kick it off we opened a Groote Post Chardonnay Reserve 2011

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