Vertical Tasting of Whalehaven Cabernet Franc #hermanus

Cabernet Franc – a black grape variety mostly planted to be blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to make the classic Bordeaux blend.  In Hermanus Whalehaven uses Cabernet Franc to produce a single varietal wine.  And they do it well. So well that the 2010 vintage won winemaker Reino Thiart a place in the inaugural Top Six… Read More Vertical Tasting of Whalehaven Cabernet Franc #hermanus

Five Hermanus Wine Route Rosé wines to try this holiday

If a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine then a holiday without Rosé is like a year without a celebration. Rosé adds colour, atmosphere and cheerfulness to any get-together – an absolute requirement for the festive season. The fresh, light salmon tinge and juicy mouthfeel of Hermanuspietersfontein’s Bloos makes it acceptable to drink at… Read More Five Hermanus Wine Route Rosé wines to try this holiday

Five non-alcoholic stocking fillers on the Hermanus Wine Route

This time of year the Hermanus Wine Route is dazzled by visitors looking for good times while sipping fine wines.There is no shortage of quality wines and the different wineries offers a variety of activities to enjoy with their wines.  The cellars also cater for that once-a-year-shopping frenzy by stocking gifts that will not be poured and consumed… Read More Five non-alcoholic stocking fillers on the Hermanus Wine Route

Viognier – perfume of the vine

Dusan Jelic wrote that if Viognier were a person, she would be his best friend’s sister.  “Blonde, curvaceous with an air of beguiling perfume about her”.  I cannot disagree with this. Viognier is tempting. Viognier has a distinctive perfume that robustly captures the floral aromas of the fruit. The fragrance is reminiscent of Riesling with the palate similar… Read More Viognier – perfume of the vine