The first weekend of 2018 was celebrated with great friends and equally great drinks.
Friday night was get-together-night and I shared a meal with no fewer than 3 South Africa winemakers. Needless to say there were many liquid options. I remember the following wines that I drank with braaied chicken and summer salad:
- Ataraxia Sauvignon Blanc from Hemel-en-Aarde. A good-looking good tasting Sauvignon Blanc.
- Benguela Cove’s Sauvignon Blanc with a freshly pressed label. The first Benguela Sauvie produced by winemaker Johan Fourie. I loved the new label as I did the wine. Classic label with crisp and elegant content.
- Strandveld First Sighting Shiraz. The winemaker Conrad Vlok is a nice guy so I expected a nice tasting Shiraz and was not disappointed by this Elim red.
- Hermanuspietersfontein Skoonma. Shiraz driven with Viognier, Grenache and Mourvedre. Reliable as ever.
- La Vierge Seduction Pinot Noir. There just had to be a Pinot Noir somewhere. This is Hermanus after all.
Rise and shine on Saturday… After the ParkRun and a quick coffee at Hermanuspietersfontein Saturday market I took a #shotleft to Creation with 2 of my Paarl friends. It was to be a first for them. I ordered the charcuterie pairing option. As per usual it was a memorable experience. The wines that stood out are:
- Creation Reserve Merlot
- Creation Syrah Grenache
- Creation Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot
Saturday afternoon was gin time. A local gin from Stanford was mixed with a plump cherry, watermelon pieces and a slice of cucumber to produce a fresh sundowner. The Dragonfly craft gin is made by Misty Mountains situated between Hermanus and Stanford. A tuna steak seared on the grill was served with Creation Chardonnay for the ultimate Saturday evening combo.
Sunday’s steak matched with Beyerskloof Pinotage which came at a great price complements of Checkers. The curtain call was sushi with Ataraxia Sauvignon Blanc. Enough Enough…