Blind Tasting

 
 

Creature of habit? Here’s your chance to discover a new favourite. You don’t get more classic SA Chardonnay than Glen Carlou, and lovers of this wine, we get you, but try this Hárslevelű (Hungarian varietal with plenty of luscious fruit). Shiraz is always a winner, but why not opt for a Mourvedre (meaty and earthy), or Cinsault instead of your usual Pinot Noir? These wines are an excellent selection to challenge your vino palate. Go in blind, come out enlightened and with a potential new favourite.

Fram Shiraz 2016

Fram-Shiraz
There is an old sign as you head into Riebeek Kasteel from Hermon that reads 'Welcome to Shiraz country'. It was true many moons ago and is still just as true today. This wine is from a selection of vineyards around the Swartland. Winemaker Thinus Kruger had a vision to make a wine with a focus on freshness, and show lively fruit, ranging from red cherry to the black savouriness of liquorice. And that he's done, at great value!

Sijnn 'Low Profile' Red Blend 2014

Sijnn Low Profile FI
An exciting new vineyard between the tiny hamlet of Malagas and Cape Infanta, at the mouth of the Breede River, Sijnn is hot off the block. Rich and juicy, with well structured tannins for a perfectly textured palate, this complex red may very well stop you in your tracks.

Mount Abora 'Koggelbos' Chenin Blanc 2015

Mount-abora
This may be the cure to Chardonnay-lovers' obsessions - a Chenin Blanc that is rich, bold and full on flavourful, but not OTT at all. Made by winemaker Johan Meyer at the Swartland cellar of Mount Abora, it offers a light floral nose and well-balanced acidity. Basically, if you know anybody that likes their "glass of Chard" they're going to go nuts for it.

Hartenberg Chardonnay 2015

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If you want classic Chardonnay, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better example than this Hartenberg, itself a classic name in South African wine. 11 months in oak barrels, rich with lime, chalky flavours and with a firm acidity to keep it all together. Retro cool, we say.

Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault 2016

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Great wines from Chris & Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards, a range of two wines that as they describe as their 'house wines,' what they drink all the time. This is the second release of the Cinsault, made from vineyards in Darling and Stellenbosch and aimed to showcase the freshness of fruit rather than create a big monster red. Plenty acidity but lovely fruit, good for the Pinot-lovers out there.

Winery of Good Hope Pinot Noir 2014

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Great value - tick. Classic Pinot character - tick. Rad new packaging - tick. What's the catch? There doesn't seem to be one! Delicious fruit from Elgin made into superbly drinkable Pinot that should be sitting in your fridge right now. Well done Alex Dale and the crew at Winery of Good Hope!
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