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Wines of Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch, South Africa with Anthony van Schalkwyk . Fredericks, March 10th 2016

South Africa’s wine making history stretches back to the 17th century. The  Cape’s current wine scene is dynamic,  the quality and value of South African wine is outstanding, producing many different styles of wine.

We presented the range of Kleine Zalze award winning , lively full bodied terroir driven wines with a three course matched menu at Fredericks on Thursday 10th March .

We were delighted to welcome Kleine Zalze Vice President of Sales and Marketing Anthony van Schalkwyk who talked us through the following wines

•         Sparkling Methode Cap Classique NV

•         Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2014

•         Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2012

•         Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

•         Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet 2010

•         Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Pinotage 2009

•         Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2010

 

For anyone interested  a Cape Winelands experience Kleine Zalze  lodge has breath-taking views of the Stellenbosch Mountains, surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards and the championship ‘De Zalze Golf Course’.

 


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South African Wines at High Timber Restaurant – Friday Evening June 28th

With  Jo and Claudia of Wines of South Africa ,we tasted 28  wines, with a three course dinner( main course of 28 day matured sirloin ) and drinks reception (Jordans Riesling) on the terrace , at the fabulous High Timber Restaurant on the banks of the River Thames.It’s founders are Gary and Kathy Jordan of Jordans Wine Estate , South Africa.Neleen Strauss co-owner treated us royally, the food and service at High Timber excellent.

Wines included  the following ;

Whites – Howard Booysen Riesling,Boer and Brit Sauvignon Blanc,Steenberg sauvignon,SAAM middleburg Chenin Blanc,Radford Dale Chenin,Delaire chardonnay,Journeys End chardonnay,Beau Constanta Viognier,Steenberg Magna Carta, FMC Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc

Red– Radford Dale Pinot Noir , Crystallum Pinot, Crystallum Hemel en Aarde Valley pinot noir,Journeys End Merlot and Cape Doctor,Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage,Keermont Syrah,Radford Dale Syrah,Anthonij Rupert 2007,Kaapzicht steyler vision 2008,Holden Manz big G.

We were really lucky to be able to try such a huge selection of great wines

which showed the great variety and quality of South African wine.Full write up and tasting notes

to follow.


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Christmas shopping at Bennetts Fine Wine – Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

It was with great delight that I fell upon Bennetts Fine Wine in the lovely town of Chipping Campden. Whilst the family were  busying themselves way buying Christmas presents and coffee drinking, I luxuriated in the fantastic collection.

One of WanderCurtis’s favorites Kumeu River was represented in abundance as one of the first importers. I tried a 2008 Kumeu River pinot noir – smokey, rich, fruity and gorgeous with Christmas day roast beef and chicken in sherry and mango! Also went for Shaw and Smith M3 chardonnay 2008 –  highly rated. This shop has a superb collection, and highly recommended to anyone passing through this truly unspoilt area of green rolling hills of our beautiful country.

Boxing Day evening was complemented by ‘The Caracal’, a South African Bordeaux blend – shared with my brother and washed down with Muga 2007. Another slightly blurry, very merry, antioxidant packed festive season.

Off to Bistro d’Aix in Crouch End tomorrow to investigate venues for our January ‘Four Decades of Bordeaux’ tasting.