Thursday, October 26, 2017

Veritas tasting at the CTICC

Sadly, we had to miss the Veritas Wine Awards this month as we were away with our Wine Club in Bot River, so we were very keen to go and taste some of the top medal winners at this year’s open tasting at the CTICC. KWV did not enter any of their really vintage wines this year, so there was no rare wine to taste but there were many great current vintages and some older ones from the farms that entered. It is always a very sociable evening. If you want to see this year's results in full click on the link: There were 638 entries this year, and there were 71 Double Golds, 193 Gold, 654 Silver and 554 bronze medals
Held in the huge Banqueting Hall, there was a huge number of wines to taste in a short time. We had come from an event at lunchtime, at Groot Phesantekraal, which stretched into the afternoon!
Maastricht was a fairly new wine for us. It comes from Durbanville and we discovered that Etienne Louw, who is making the wines for Altydgedacht and Groot Phesantekraal, is also making these for them. Very good Sauvignon Blanc, just what you would expect from Etienne and from Durbanville grapes, climate and terroir
Double Gold for the Laborie Blanc de Blanc, one of our most preferred Blanc de Blanc MCCs, the 2011 made at KWV (made by Johan Fourie, now at Benguela Cove) and The Mentors divine 2012 Noble Late Harvest from KWV
The Mentors wine maker Izelle van Blerk offering us a taste of the KWV Classic Collection Petit Verdot 2016 which was awarded a silver
Warren Ellis, winemaker and viticulturalist of Neil Ellis Wines, opens another bottle of his great Grenache
and gives us a big smile....

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