Yearly Archives: 2008
Dry farmed reds from the barren Swartland. Spice Route Mourvedre 2006: Wonderful nose; lots of blueberry. Tannic, rich, real Mourvedre character. Modern style. Spice Route Pinotage 2006: Clean and modern; no rubber/smoke. (This was probably bad winemaking and cellar management in South Africa; I had zero flawed wines, full of Brett, on this trip.) Spice [More]
Fairview Goats do Roam White 2007: kinda hot; reminds me of Tablas Creek White. Viognier/Grenache Blanc/Chenin Blanc Goats do Roam Rose 2008: Tank sample. Drawn off juice from reds, normally Pinotage/Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre Goats do Roam Red 2006: Mostly Shiraz with Pinotage. Aussie-style red with plump fruit. Goats In Villages Red 2006: Shiraz/Pinotage. Good and tannic. Pinotage [More]
Stellenbosch Syrah 2005: smoky, spicy, big fruit pop on finish Jonkershoek Twin Peaks Vineyards Syrah 2005: longer finish, more sappy/rich Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2004: Softer than 2006; really benefits from bottle age. We had the 2001 Cab with lunch and it was great. I really think you need to lay down wines like these for [More]
Chardonnay 2007: The vintage produced wines that are “easy and open” and “mineral instead of fruit-driven.” The wine had lots of acidity and was oaky (but not insanely obstrusive). Low pH like Chablis; it is a “dry, austere, and mineral” wine. Chardonnay 2006: Less acidity, probably due to the extra year in bottle. Southern Right [More]
I am going to post my notes/thoughts from tastings at each of the wineries in South Africa I visited for the next few posts.
Table Mountain Originally uploaded by jamesonf The cloud that envelops Table Mountain is know as The Tablecloth. Very eerie and beautiful; you cannot believe how fast the clouds move.
Table Mountain Originally uploaded by jamesonf Me at the top. Amazing view. The cloud cover that envelops you at warp speed is amazing.