Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wine Concepts Seductive Sauvignons at The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands

Once a year, Wine Concepts asks a group of Sauvignon producers, white - Sauvignon Blanc and red - Cabernet Sauvignon, to showcase their wines at this prestigious wine showcase. Your ticket gets you a good wine glass and you walk around the room tasting to your heart's delight. Very often, you can chat to the man or woman who made the wine while you taste. And the Vineyard Hotel supplies good snacks to help you cope with all the great wines you are tasting. 42 wine farms were there on Friday. And if you care to eat, you can book for dinner at the Vineyard and even stay the night, they offer special rates
Wine Concepts presents other tastings through the year, so check out their website, get on their mailing list and make sure you come to the next one There will be a Champagne event coming up later in the year, and we do mean real French Champagne, with a few other additions this year
Andrew Gunn of Iona tasting some Hermanuspietersfontein No.7 poured by Hein de Jager
Iona had two Sauvignons Blanc for tasting: the iconic 2017, newly released and the Sophie te'Blanche 2017 which is how their vineyard workers pronounce Sauvignon Blanc!
Jenna Bruwer of Springfield showed the new 2017 Life from Stone and 2017 Special Cuvée Sauvignon Blancs for tasting as well as the delicious 2015 Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon
Magic broadcaster Guy MacDonald was enjoying the evening with his friend
Michelle Stewart and Keelyn Gibbons were presenting Adam Mason's Mulderbosch Sauvignons Blanc
and lots to taste from Zevenwacht winemaker Charles Lourens
Villiera also had three Sauvignons Blanc and one Cabernet Sauvignon and their Monro Red
Christiaan Coetzee and Lara Shargey were showing the lovely wines from Uva Mira
Mike Kreft from Belfield in Elgin with his Magnifica Cabernet 2014 and a new just bottled but as yet unlabelled 2017 rosé made from Cabernet
Emy Mathews who handles marketing for Benguela Cove with their winemaker Johan Fourie. They had some tank samples as well as the 2015 and 2016 Sauvignons Blanc
It is a busy tasting
Jenna Bruwer getting a hug from Charles Pohl of Rust and Vrede
Success. The orders came pouring in
Constantia Glen has a superb 2017 Sauvignon Blanc - Lynne's wine of the evening. It is a classic Constantia Sauvignon Blanc: fig leaves on the nose, a tingle on the tongue and then layers of European Gooseberries and Elderflower, very satisfying.
Paul Kruger and the Villiera team
The empty bottle stack at the end of a great evening. We tried to taste everything and failed miserably. It is a very social evening catching up with people in the wine industry, friends and visitors alike

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