Simonsberg Cabernet Sauvignon – Best of Stellenbosch?

There are so many fashions when it comes to wine but Cabernet Sauvignon from Simonsberg is the quintessential Stellenbosch varietal. It shows its terroir and makes the winelands fward proud. Stellenbosch is experiencing a huge resurgence in Cabernet Sauvignon because everyone has figured out that Cabernet works. Norma Ratcliffe of Warwick Wines joined Hermanus FynArts… Read More Simonsberg Cabernet Sauvignon – Best of Stellenbosch?

Gardens of the Cape Winelands – Rustenberg Estate

The past weekend’s Cape Wine Auction at Rustenberg Estate provided an opportunity to visit a Stellenbosch winery where I have not been before.  Surprise Surprise! Rustenberg was founded in 1682.  This has surely given the owners enough time to set the foundation for a well established garden or two.  Their Schoongezicht Garden is open to… Read More Gardens of the Cape Winelands – Rustenberg Estate

Fine Wine Friday

Fridays are always good.  But last night was extraordinary.  The amount of old white wines tasted on a casual evening superseded any other tasting I remember.  First up was a Hemel-en-Aarde Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay.  A 1999 vintage.  Beautiful!  A linear, clear taste that’s undeniably Chardonnay doing Hermanus and the Walker Bay appellation proud. The Decanter Vintage… Read More Fine Wine Friday