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1990 Neethlingshof Pinotage – Pinotage kann also altern.


Etikett gewellt, Kork schwimmt im Wein – trotzdem eine Offenbarung!

Das hätte ich nie gedacht. Nun gut, vielleicht habe ich mir nie darüber Gedanken gemacht, denn junger Pinotage ist bisher nicht unbedingt der Wein meiner Wahl. Aber nun haben wir einen 1990 Pinotage von Neethlingshof aus Stellenbosch geöffnet, ein Fundstück aus Oskar’s Keller, und siehe da: Wie eine 1 steht der im Glas. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: South Africa

Bocksbeutel in Südafrika

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Und wieder was aus den südafrikanischen Weinregalen. Was mag der fränkische Purist wohl denken, wenn er dort einen Bocksbeutel mit der Aufschrift Grünberger Freudenlese erspäht? Eins sei gesagt: Es handelt sich dabei keineswegs um deutsche Billigplörre die feilgeboten wird, sondern um südafrikanische. Noch dazu süsse Plörre die aus Sauvignon Blanc und Gewürztraminer gebraut wird. Also dann, auf das Image des Bocksbeutels, Prost!

Naughty, Naughty Girl!

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Just wondering what the marketing guys thought when they launched this brand. Is the strategy based on the presumption that anyone likes a naughty girl? Well, as I said in a previous posting, I’m a taker of funky labels but I didn’t buy that one. Seen in a wineshop in Stellenbosch. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: South Africa

South African wines: a Shortlist

In order to sum-up my wine experiences during my trip to Stellenbosch and the Cape Region of South Africa, here’s a list of white and red wines I enjoyed most. Some of these were already mentioned in previous postings, some others make their first appearance here.

White Wines

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2010 Iona Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin. Very crisp and dry. Not much exotic fruit here which is due to the slightly cooler climate of Elgin. But still vibrant and with substance with grass and gooseberry on the fore. One that you could put away for a year. We had it at Ernie Els’ (the famous golfer) restaurant Big Easy, which I can recommend for its beautiful premises and relaxed atmosphere but also for their quality food. Especially the oysters we indulged there went perfectly with the Iona. Read the rest of this entry »

Harbour House Restaurant in Kalk Bay, South Africa

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On the road from Stellenbosch to the Cape of Good Hope, when driving along the coastline, one passes through the small town of Kalke Bay. When we stopped there to take a walk on the pier we were lucky to find an awesome place for lunch just next to it: The Harbour House Restaurant. We actually enjoyed it so much, that we instantly reserved a table for the next day. And then it was equally as satisfying. Check these pictures and find out why. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tasting Room at Quartier Francais, Franschoek, South Africa

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Within the dramatically beautiful mountain landscape of the Cape winelands the travelling gourmet can find many “adequate” destinations.

Besides the countless wineries that are welcoming visitors, also a good amount of restaurants are supplying patrons with memorable dining experiences.

The small town of Franschoek, only 15 minutes away from Stellenbosch holds a particular place in the gastronomic scene of South Africa. Here, the country’s probably most acclaimed chef, Margot Janse has build up her small culinary universe, the  “Quartier Francais” which comprises a hotel and 3 restaurants. Read the rest of this entry »

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