Published by: MCR
Article & Images: Roman Paschal
From what I’ve gathered after three weeks of being here, Chenin blanc, Shiraz and blends are what South Africa do best. Though in my final week I have stumbled upon six bottles I have yet to try.
Restless River, Main Road & Dignity Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Dorrance, Chardonnay 2016
Keermont, Terrasse 2015 (56% Chenin Blanc, 17% Viognier, 14% Sauvignon Blanc and 13% Chardonnay)
Méthode Ancienne, Chardonnay 2016
A.A. Badenhorst 2015 (20% Chenin Blanc, 9% Grenache Gris, 9% Grenache Blanche, 8% Maarsanne, 13% Clairette, 13% Verdehlo, 13% Roussanne, 5% Semillon, 7% Viognier, and 3% Palomino)
Mullineux 2015 (74% Chenin Blanc, 12% Clairette Blanche, 6% Viognier, 4% Grenache Blanc and 4% Semillion)
Everything purchased came from recommendations. Now take into account, I’m a little spoiled having arrived in Cape Town directly from Torino, Italy where I had some of the best wines of my life. The supremacy of the Barolos and Barbarescos are still fresh in my mind and on my palate.
The majority of the wines I’ve tasted so far were good table wine quality, some reached above that ceiling.
The STAND OUTS
Keet, First Verse 2013 – The crème de la crème of the bunch! Spoke to my nose with berry flavors but not overly intense, small production vineyard, Bordeaux style, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot – well balanced and medium bodied.
Bouchard Finlayson, “Kaaimansgat” Chardonnay 2015 – I love this, best white I had here! Rich in flavors of melon, green apple and litchi (not to be confused with sweet) with the hint of minerality.
Restless River, Ava Marie Chardonnay 2014 – I got some good writing done with this bottle. My second favorite white right behind the Bouchard Chardonnay. Full bodied, aged and fermented in oak barrels, crisp and expressive.
Felcourt, Ed’s Reserve – This was a gift from the woman I rent my apartment from. Turns out to be the best table red I’ve drank so far, not expensive. Rich dark fruit flavor.
Haute Cabrière, Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016 – An absolute first! Never heard of Chardonnay being mixed with Pinot Noir but the bartender at Kloof Street House swore it was good. I trusted him, and great that I did. A fabulous table wine, goes down easy, excellent on a hot day and cheap! Can’t beat seven dollars a bottle in the grocery store.