Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Taste of Tyger Valley Wine Show

Saturday saw as at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre at their wine festival. Lots of different farms, some we have never heard of before, others whom you don't often see at festivals and some favourites
Montpellier in Tulbagh had an MCC Brut Rosé bubbly made from Pinot Noir which is where John began. Typical Pinot flavours, lots of mousse, crisp fruit acids and very fizzy ferment. Three years on the lees
  Danèl Morkel, their Marketing Manager was showing their wines
Some of the others available for tasting or buying on the day. We tasted the Chenin and the Sauvignon blanc which is crisp with good minerality (from Elim grapes) but needs time
 Our old friends Peter and Yvonne Bayly from Calitzdorp ith their ports which we really enjoy. Peter had made up a jug of White Port and Tonic; this is such a good aperitif or thirst quencher, we can see it becoming very popular. We bought a couple of bottles to serve to our friends
Le Pommier was originally an apple farm, hence the name of this farm high on Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch. Known for the restaurant and Lodge, their wines are made by Zorgvliet
Lynne really liked their Cabernet Franc Rosé which sells for a rather steep R85. They have already released their 2018 Sauvignon blanc; it's very early and we much preferred the 2017, a Platter 4 star
Orange River Cellars winery from the Northern Cape were there showing a range their wine, many of which are sweet dessert wines and Port. They have 850 growers
 Monique van der Merwe 
was on the Imbuko stand. They are in Wellington, where they grow and they also buy in wines from others. They have several ranges and they make Alcopops. Lynne tasted their Van Zijl wines and loved the salty Sauvignon Blanc full and round with lots of minerality, which accounts for the salt which one associated more with the Durbanville area. So reasonable at R55 a bottle, she bought a case. And the Shiraz Mourvedre is spicy, smooth, full of fruit with licorice and more of that salt, Yum oh! as Rick Stein says, so she had to have a case of that too. A new discovery for us
 Chris Noboza and Neil Ferndale on the Glenwood stand selling lots of wine
 Michelle Waldeck on the Benguela Cove stand in Bot Rivier
 with Marketing Manager Samarie Smith 
Their newly released 2017 Sauvignon Blanc knocked Lynne's socks off.  It has a little Semillon added, which just marries perfectly and adds depth, smoothness and richness. So attractively perfumed on the nose with elderflowers, white pepper and fig leaves. On the palate it is smooth as silk with zingy citrus and lime acids, and long flavours.  To quaff or pair with good food. It is our wine of the week.
  Bronwynne Mooney on the Morgenster stand which also had their olive oils and olives to taste
 Regina and Marie-Luise Zeitvogel were showing their three gins made by Rolf Zeitvogel at the Triple Three Estate Distillery which is on Blaauwklippen Wine Farm. They were offering three different gin cocktails from their three flavoured gins. Lynne chose the citrus and it is very good indeed
These were the wines we tasted at the show. We can never taste everything and we don't try to
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