Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sommeliers Selection 2017 Cape Town tasting

We were recently at the Sommeliers’ Selection announcements in Stellenbosch, this week we had a chance to taste them all at The Stack in Gardens. And what a popular tasting it was with members of the restaurant and hotel fraternity, the wine trade and media. You can see the 2017 Sommeliers Selection here: .
Caroline Rillema is one of our most successful specialist wine merchants, with shops (Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar) in Strand Street in Cape Town and in Tokai. Her White Wine Review will be held at the Table Bay Hotel on the 19th of October. Book now at Computicket. Sharing the table was Arco Laarman
She was showing her Celestina Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2016, complex and delicious with a hint of Semillon's mutton fat on the clean palate, a real food wine. Arco was showing his 2016 Cluster Chardonnay, made from cool climate Elgin grapes, so full of green apple and limes, very elegant on the nose, and tropical with guava and pineapple on the palate
It always turns into a social evening; with good wines to taste, the chat flows
Beer is also on the Sommeliers’ Selection List, shown by Bruce Collins from Stellenbrau in Stellenbosch. John tastedthe Eike Stout, dark and creamy, lighter than Guinness, but delicious with a hint of licorice
John Loubser of Silverthorn and his Jewel Box Brut MCC with Jacqueline Lahoud of We are always happy to mention that John's Mèthode Cap Classique wines are some of our favourites, so lean, elegant and carefully made
Monica and Henk van Niekerk of Paul René wines in Robertson were showing their MCC which is very French in character
Two of the Art of Creation wines we were privileged to taste recently when we visited Creation in the Hemel and Aarde - the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay
Having a busy time were Trevor Kidd of The Drinks Company and Rianie Strydom of Haskell Vineyards
We spent far too much time tasting the white wines and, as it became darker and chillier, we ventured inside and upstairs to sample more of the wines
A good way for Sommeliers and wine makers to end the evening, on the terrace with some good wine

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