Thursday, June 06, 2019

Wine Concepts Chardonnay Pinot Noir Celebration at the Vineyard

We really enjoyed tasting some of the best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at Wine Concepts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Celebration last Friday evening.  There is such a wide selection - and so many friends to chat to about their wine while tasting it
We made a good attempt and tasted as many as we could between 5 and 8 pm
Bevan Newton Johnson with John Collins who markets the wines for them
We think Bevan was surprised that we liked both wines so much
We bought some of the lovely Southend Chardonnay
The Family Vineyards might have to wait until we have another windfall, it's a little out of our price range
Natalie and Joris van Almenkerk were showing their lovely, crisp and limy 2017 Almenkerk Chardonnay from Elgin,
4 stars in Platter
Always a delight to see Kevin and Hanli Grant of Ataraxia. Tasting their layered and delicious 2017 Chardonnay and deep and complex Pinot Noir was a pleasure and Lynne was tempted to buy some of the Chardonnay. Kevin is a very talented winemaker indeed; he has made successful wines for many other farms and guided and tutored winemakers in the art of making fine wines
Winemaker/co-owner of The Fledge and Co, Leon Coetzee, chats to journalist Fiona MacDonald
His wife Margaux was at home with the new baby. He was showing their 2017 Katfis Pinot Noir and their 2016 Pinot Noir
Georgie Prout, Marketing Manager for Glen Carlou, chats to tasters at their counter
Cape Wine Master Jacqui Henderson, Sales Manager of Iona Wines, pouring a tasting of their 2017 Chardonnay
They also had their excellent 2017 Pinot Noir for tasting
We hope to visit the girls from Journey's End on the farm very soon
They were showing the  2017 Chardonnay, the 2017 Destination Chardonnay and the 2018 Haystack Chardonnay
From La Bri, the really good 2018 Chardonnay
And back on the Newton Johnson, stand a discussion with Sue Proudfoot of Wine Concepts Kloof St....
..."Yes" says Bevan, and "Yay" says Sue! (No idea what was going on, we guessed)
Jane Eedes with John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters with their 2018 Pinot Noir. Love that Hokusai Wave t-shirt!
It was a very successful and enjoyable show. Thanks to all at Wine Concepts for making it happen

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