Monday, March 18, 2013

Franschhoek Summer Wines: the wrap-up

The famed sculpture at Leopard's Leap
I discovered some fabulous wines this weekend at the Franschhoek Summer Wines held at Leopard's Leap wine estate. It was great meeting some of the winemakers and, while we were enchanted by the new wineries we discovered, we were also happy to see some of our old favourites, such as Boekenhoutskloof, Haute Cabriere and La Motte.

There were 27 wineries in total. I didn't get to try everything (after all, I had to still walk out of the venue on solid legs in preparation for dinner with the in-laws that evening), but what we did try was fabulous! On offer were whites, roses and bubblies (hence the Summer Wines name). I wasn't in a bubbly-drinking mood, so stuck to wines.

So here are some that really stood out for me:

I'm a big fan of Moreson's Pinotage, and their Chardonnay was superb!

It was the first time I had tried any wine from Glenwood and I loved their Chardonnay - light, but still with body and personality

This is a great wooded Chardonnay - certainly one I will be stocking in the future! A real dinner-time Chardonnay

A very pleasant, easy drinking Chenin/Viognier blend from Grande Provence

A stalwart wine - Haute Cabriere's Chardonnay Pinot Noir has been a go-to wine of mine for years

An excellent 100-per-cent Viognier

This delicious Savignon blanc recently won the Taj Classic Wine Trophy award (along with awards for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay)

It's a rare opportunity to try a wine from 2004, especially a 100-per-cent Semillon. Boekenhoutskloof produces excellent wine in general and this was no exception.

Besides the fact that the Semillon from La Chataigne was delicous, the winemaker hand signs every bottle, signing an average of around 400 bottles a day!

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