Jumping out of the glass

I’m not a wine connaisseur; let me tell that first. But in 15 years living in wine producing areas in South Africa I learned how to distinguish a good quality wine (even if I don’t like the taste of it) from the lesser qualities. In the core it’s quite simple. The poorest quality is wine that you smell by only opening the bottle. Pretty sure you will have a hangover the next morning by drinking just one glass. Poor quality wines are those that you smell when these are poured in a glass.

A good quality wine is a wine that you can only smell by sticking your nose in the glass. And when drinking it the taste remains indulging your palate. The REAL connaisseur is able to distinguish the best of the good qualities and won’t even touch the lesser (poor) qualities.

Now we got a Pinotage (2013) of Orange River Cellars in the Northern Cape. I should have read the label better: ” …. with aromas of raspberries, blackcurrant and nutmeg jumping out of the glass” ….

Think we’re gonna give it away …. 😀

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Wine Cellar

There are some great wine cellars in our village; not known to general public but the South Africa ‘connaisseur’ knows them. Ever tasted a Jackson Pinotage, a Vaalvlei Sauvignon Blanc or a Springfontein Chenin Blanc? Springfontein Winery (where these pictures are taken) is also one of the few cellars in South Africa that produces Verdot.

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The good wines

Yesterday I posted in the other blog the entrance of of the Sir Robert Stanford Estate. That had more likes than I expected….

Yes we have some great wines here in Stanford. Except for the one mentioned  there are wineries that create their own wines such as Vaalvlei, Brunia, Stanford Hills, Springfontein, Boschrivier and Raka. Main produce are wines of the South African grape varieties Chenin Blanc and Pinotage next to more common known ones as Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. And the farmers are investing for they see a prosperous future. Relatively many Platter stars are awarded to this area; in fact proportional more than to wineries in other wine producing areas within South Africa.

The pictures below were shot at Springfontein some time ago.

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Impression of a day in the vineyard

Last week I submitted 3 posts about the grape harvest, the grape processing and, the most interesting part, the wine tasting. All pictures were shot at Springfontein Winery in our village Stanford, South Africa. The vineyards are located in a unique setting between lagoon and ocean. The terroir is sandy with lime scales (if we understood it correctly) and it’s an excellent underground for the South African grape varieties Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.

Anyway I made an impression (imaginary) of a day in the vineyard. Thanks to wonderful owners, management and other staff. I (and my wife Yvonne) really enjoyed your great hospitality!!!

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