In the Glass – Feb 2013

February 28th, 2013 by karen

  • I attended a Riesling tasting hosted by Carl Schultz at Hartenberg and we were very kindly given a Hartenberg Riesling 2010 to take home. Though I’m sure this is a wine that can be put away for some time the temptation was too great and we opened it on a very warm Saturday afternoon. Such a marvelous wine that we have since ordered it at Cellars Hohenhort and on our trip down the Garden Route at Five Elements to introduce others to this gem!
  • This month, with a friend over for dinner, we tried a quick Chenin Blanc taste-off – The participants were Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc 2009 vs Bosmans Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2011. Loved the wood treatment and soft ageing of the Spier but the intensity and sophistication of the Optenhorst won my vote on the day
  • We had some friends down from JHB on honeymoon and took them to De Grendel for a wine tasting. I was reminded how much we loved their Koetshuis and promptly fished out our De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2009 – sublime!
  • With whispers of autumn on the horizon we figured we should best get through some more Sauvignon Blanc over the next month or two. There is no doubt Duncan knows what he is doing and the Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2010 proved his point once again
  • My birthday week at the end of January into February meant 7 days = 7 bubblies 🙂 Every drop of every bottle was enjoyed and savoured. Our choices were (in order of drinking): Andre from Chabivin, Teddy Hall, The Lyle from Stony Brook, Brut Nature from Saltare, Pinot Noir MCC from Steenberg, Cape Winemakers Guild Zero Dosage from Pieter Ferreira. Missing in action is the Klein Constantia which we drank at Cellars Hohenhort
  • A friend recently returned from 4 years of working abroad and had put a few bottles into storage. One of these was a Villiera Shiraz 2003 which he was kind enough to share with us. Evident tertiary characters but wonderfully softened tannins and still evidence of dark plums and blackberries

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