I wandered into Aladins cave last week, it was heavily diguised as the Cape Wine 2012 trade fair. Shock, horror, should I go left, should I go right or should I just plough through the masses to the Holden Manz Estate section.??..
Holden Manz (you’ve guessed it) was ably manned by Gerard Holden and his trusty winemaker Rikus Neethling. I introduced myself, that was the easy bit ! I had in mind to taste the new Rose addition to their wonderful selection. It is a mainly Cab’ Sauv’ wine (2012) and just pink… superb. I’m always a little wary of the deep pink Roses, don’t know why as I’m usually up for anything pink, the pinker (is that a word?) the better !! I was not disappointed it is a superb wine and worthy of the recent hype. I feel a mention of the new label design is in order here, love it as well. Well done guys.
Next on my ‘hit list’ was to be the Morgenhof Estate area, easy to find just follow the map Tony, easy for some but reading maps, however clearly marked, has never been one of my better skills !!
Along the ‘scenic route’ I discovered what is to me a new label, the Painted Wolf Estate and what a wonderful find…….who’s a clever boy then ? The charming representative, Jeremy I think, (sorry lost his card) proceeded to ply me with all kinds of wines starting with their beautiful Viognier (he must have known that is my particular weak spot) and then we wandered through their Stellenbosch Pinotage (2010), the 2009 Pictus Shiraz blend and finally, after much persuasion …(.NOT !!) the Guillermo 2010 Pinotage blend. I am, it appears, fast becoming a Pinotage lover…….and not before time I hear a shout from the back of the room.!!
I did reach the Morgenhof area (finally) and was so glad I made the final last mile. The delightful Lee-Ann Bosman introduced me to a couple of the new additions to their cellars since I last visited their stunning estate.Their Sauvignon Blanc (2011) and their Chenin Blanc (2011) both excellent wines. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon blend has long been a favourite of mine and so I finished the afternoon with a rather large ‘tasting’ of the delicious blend….rude not to really.!!
I must congratulate the organisers of the event on their attention to detail, efficient staff and the way they rapidly found me a cab to whisk me back home !!!!
Whilst on the subject of wines please pay a visit to Wine at the Mill in the Biscuit Mill Woodstock. They always have an excellent selection of ‘different’ wines and my friends Tanya and Nigel share a wealth of knowledge as well as a particularly heavy hand when topping up your tasting glass. Tell them I sent you, they won’t refuse to serve you, promise !! Have a great weekend. x