To Bellevue Estate for lunch. When I'd called there the previous week I was unable to buy a bottle of their new single-vineyard wine from the old block as it is available only from the restaurant.
It's all change at Bellevue. The Morkels, whose family have owned and farmed the estate for four generations sold it to a German man last year. He has already made several adjustments, including the
Kanonkop with Eleanor Cosman of Toronto's South African Wine Society.
vintage and a critical time to judge exactly when grapes should be
picked. Cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar is out in the vineyards making
those tough decisions and asked his assistant Alet De Wet who is managing
the winery today to show us around.
Alet de Wet, Kanonkop Winemaker
first Pinotage is arriving
2018 "looks like a brilliant year for Pinotage", it has great tannin structure, good fruit extracts, exceptional colour and flavour, says Beyers Truter, cellar master at Beyerskloof Winery and Chairman of the Pinotage Association,
Kanonkop Estate winemaker Abrie Beeslaar said it was heartening to see how Pinotage was handling the adverse weather conditions showing how well it has adapted to
Sam Venter, for the Port Elizabeth Herald, tasted the winners of the 2017 Pinotage Top 10.
I’d challenge any Pinotage- doubter not to find a wine to love in the selection of 2017 winners, tasted late last year when Absa brought the 10 champions and their makers to Port Elizabeth for the first time in many years – and hopefully not the last.
It was a rare treat to taste and compare
To Devon Valley for a flying visit to De Waal Winery to pick up a bottle of Top of the Hill Pinotage, since my original intention to get one when I went on the monthly Top of the Hill vineyard Fun Walk was scuppered after its cancellation due to winery owner-winemaker and walk-leader Pieter De Waal's's injured knee.
Pieter De Waal
By chance Pieter De Waal was staffing the tasting room and
Durbanville, a pretty rural hilly region north of and close to Cape
Town, known for its stunning hill grown cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc and classy Pinotage.
Meerendal Estate has the third oldest Pinotage vineyard in the Cape – and
thus the world. These six hectares of gnarled bush vines growing on
red clay were planted in 1955.
went to meet winemaker and viticulturist Liza
There's severe water shortage in the Cape. The last three winters have had minimal rain and dams are at the lowest levels ever seen.
Residents and visitors are restricted to 87 litres per person, per day, falling to 50 litres from 1 February. There's the expectation that water will completely run out by 12 April -- Day Zero -- leaving people to collect a ration from tankers or standpipes.
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