Thursday, September 12, 2013

Franschhoek Uncorked: A visit to Glenwood

Chatting to assistant winemaker Justin Jacobs in the tasting room
An interesting well wooded Semillon still shy on the nose with hints of nougat. Crisp full mouthfeel, as expected, on Semillon. White peaches, nougat and unusually light litchi and hibiscus flower tea hints
and their 2012 Grand Duc wooded Chardonnay, which is crisp and elegant with lots of depth of flavour. 18 months on 100% new French oak is just there as a gentle backbone and is full of golden delicious apples, lime and cooked pears. Deserves an award or two and lots of stars.
Then their Merlot 2011 Nose full of berries and cherries. Tasting of ripe plums mulberries with amami savouriness and beautiful fruit layers.  This would go so perfectly with lamb in all its guises. No greenness, no mint, no stalkiness.
We had the opportunity to taste their 2012 Shiraz which was only filtered on Friday. Incense wood, sweet juicy fruity, licorice, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg point to a very drinkable spicy shiraz.
We really liked the2011  Grand Duc Syrah and awarded it five stars.  Notes of balsam, rich fruit on the nose, cassis and blackberries.  Also given 18 months on 100% new French oak, it does not taste overwooded.  Mouth filling fruit washes the whole palate with cassis and a little spice. A beautifully balanced wine.  Wish we could afford it, we have to make a plan.
The new restaurant logo on the menu. A branch of Le Bon Vivant in Franschhoek has replaced the Japanese restaurant which was there previously
Ducks next to the garden pond (Egyptian Geese are actually ducks)

A view of the farm from the road
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013
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