Monday, September 05, 2016

Wine Concepts Seductive Sauvignons at The Vineyard

This annual opportunity to taste some of the best newly released Sauvignons Blanc and the current vintages of the Cabernet Sauvignons was hosted last Friday by Mike Bampfield Duggan of Wine Concepts at the Vineyard Hotel. It always is a serious and fun tasting. We attempt to taste as many as we can on the evening, but there are many new wines to taste and, even if we did speed tasting (which we don’t), there are lots of questions one wants to ask the winemakers 
There were many interesting wines; we're not sure if some of the newly released Sauvignon Blancs are showing their best frocks at the moment. Many are shy and retiring, one or two were a bit flat and bottle shocked, but we wait to try them later next year. Those we expected to be good, are. It was a difficult harvest with the drought. The few Reds we tasted were superb. Also included this year were some Bubblies, Rose’s and Dessert wines and a couple of older vintages which impressed
GM of the Vineyard Hotel, Roy Davies enjoying the evening
The Bloemendal crew: Etienne le Roux, cellar door manager, and Michelle Moller
Thinus Botha of Buitenverwachting
On the Cape Point stand, we found winemaker Riandri Visser, Jeanne Roosendaal, Jenna Bruwer of Springfield and Charles Pohl of Rust en Vrede
Sue Proudfoot of Wine Concepts, Kloof Street converses with Ian Corder from Corder wines in Elgin
Old friends Anne and Kevin Gleeson chat to Mark Lester of Tokara
Two fun wine people: John Collins, who represents several good wine farms, but was showing Springfield wines on this occasion, with Sarah Revell of Vinimark
Klein Constantia wines on offer. Winemaker Matthew Day has just been recognised by international wine writer Tim Atkin MW as his choice of Young Winemaker of the Year
At last a great picture of my old man, instead of him always being behind the camera. With Sarah Revell. You rock John Ford

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