Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Fords' special wines at home 2013

We have been  most fortunate this year and have enjoyed some rare and special wines:

1994 KWV Cabernet Sauvignon
 This wine, at 19 years from the harvest was very elegant, with only 12% alcohol, it still had delicious cassis fruit and very soft tannins. It was brought to us by John's brother Bill from his cellar in Johannesburg

Duas Quintas Douro Vinho Branco 2011
and KWV 1966 Tawny Port

The Duas Quintas was brought by our friends James and Pamela Cunningham for a Portuguese themed supper. Made from Voizinho, Rabigato and Arinto grapes, it was quite unlike the white wines we are used to. It had moderate acidity and ripe tropical fruit flavours.
The KWV Port was a 60th birthday gift to John 7 years ago from our neighbours Geoff & Liz Cork. Rich Christmas pudding with very little sediment and absolutely delicious.

Laurent Perrier Brut Rosé NV
Another gift, this time from our friends Ian and Claudia Simpson. Opened on Valentine's evening. Lovely gentle acidity with a soft mousse and rich Pinot Noir flavour.

Our house is on the slopes of Signal Hill. It is single storey at one end and double storey at the other and one of the first things we did after we bought it 9 years ago was to dig out a cellar. These photographs were taken for an article in Classic Wine in 2012

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