Menings/Views

Menings oor wyn en wynverwante aangeleenthede/Views on wine and wine related maters. bacchus@planeetwyn.co.za.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Lemberg Hárslevelü 2013

Lemberg's Hungarian wine did very well on its own as well as with this chicken salad.

“The best wine is the wine you like the most, irrespective of brand, price or awards. Your tongue is the only expert you need to pay attention to.”

I’ll never forget these wise words from a true blue wine guru many, many moons ago when an ignorant student enquired about the best wines. Ever since then, his words have stayed with me as some kind of wine mantra.

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Alto Rouge 2009

Alto se uitmuntende 2009- Alto Rouge.

Dis moeilik om wyn te drink en te geniet as jy plat op jou rug lê. Vir ses weke lank was ek meer horisontaal as vertikaal danksy ’n kleinerige rug-operasie. Glo my, die herstelperiode is baie, baie erger as die operasie self en die vyf dae in die hospitaal. Maar dit daar gelaat!

Die eerste geleentheid wat ek dus weer gekry het om een van my gunsteling-tydverdrywe te geniet, dis nou wyn, het ek met albei hande aangegryp, letterlik én figuurlik!

WINE OF THE WEEK: Lanzerac Le Général 2009

Our WINE OF THE WEEK, Lanzerac's flagship red blend.

After giving my liver a break, but still enjoying the odd glass of wine with meals, I got back on the bike, in a manner of speaking, with four quite superb wines this past week.

My journey into wine started with a 2009 Rietvallei Estéanna, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc en petit verdot. Rietvallei is situated in the Robertson Wine Valley, for those who don’t know. The wine boasts a deep ruby red colour and quite expressive cherry and cassis aromas in the nose with hints of violets, while flavours of cherries abound in the mouth with undertones of vanilla and cedar. It’s a very elegant wine which I enjoyed on its own while preparing a potjie, and it proved itself to be as good a companion for food.

Giving wine competitions more competition!

Are there too many wine competitions in SA?

Does it make sense to register for competitions when you’re almost certain you’ll never walk away with the laurels?

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Arendsig Grenache 2014

Ons WYN VAN DIE WEEK, Arendsig se Grenache 2014.

Vandeesweek is dit net wyne uit een van my gunsteling-wynstreke wat in aanmerking kom vir die titel WYN VAN DIE WEEK. En ja, ek praat van die Robertson-wynvallei met sy skatkis vol juwele – kos, wyn en veel, veel meer!

Kom ons begin by Zandvliet. Sewe wyne uit hierdie bekende en bekroonde kelder het my tong bekoor en drie het vir my uitgestaan, naamlik die 2014- Zandvliet Chardonnay, die 2011- Shiraz en die 2009- Kalkveld Shiraz.

Give canned wine a chance!

Wine in a can.

Wine in a can is a topic getting a lot of discussion lately, says Jon Thorsen. Purists says that the aluminum canister can’t possibly be good for wine, that metal flavors will seep into the wine and that the form factor ruins the experience. And taking a glance at some of the recent poor reviews, it seems as though that may be the case.

But there’s an important distinction to be made here: the term “wine in a can” is really a misnomer because most of what is on the market is not really wine at all, just something that loosely resembles wine.

'There are 2 types of women, red wine drinkers and white wine drinkers'

Can you spot the white wine and red wine drinker?

Women and wine go together like melted chocolate and strawberries. It’s one of the most sacred, functional relationships known to man.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Koggelbos Mount Abora Chenin Blanc 2012

Ons wyn van die week is 'n chenin blanc wat jou smaakkliere betower, en jou laat smag na nog!

“If a life of wine, women and song becomes too much, give up the singing.” – Anonymous. “And just put on a CD!” – Bacchus.

Well, both Anonymous and Bacchus have forgotten one very important thing, food. Okay, and friends.

Sauvignon blanc: The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of wine grapes

Sauvignon blanc grapes.

Sauvignon Blanc will always keep you guessing, says Alex Tilling. On the one hand it is capable of making a wine that can boast ethereal grace and complexity, yet on the other it can be raw, green and aggressively unbalanced. It is a simple case of the have’s and the have not’s: Those that have the right soil (poor), the right climate (cool) and the passion (low yields come at a cost), versus those that do not.

WYN VAN DIE WEEK: Lanzerac Mrs English 2012

'n Dame waarop 'n man maklik sy hart (en kop) kan verloor!

Die afgelope week se wonderlike wynreis van ontdekking het op Nederburg begin en toe verskuif na Longridge en Lanzerac. Dit het sjampanje, witwyn, rooiwyn en rosé ingesluit, en ’n heerlike dessertwyn.

Maar laat ek met daai aarbeikleurige een begin. Dit was tydens Nederburg se jaarlikse “Oes teen Sonsondergang”-makietie wat Saterdagmiddag omstreeks vieruur afgeskop en ge-eindig het toe die biesies begin bewe. Ek is ’n groot fan van droë rosé-wyne, enersyds omdat hulle so veelsydig is en andersyds omdat hulle op hul eie net soveel genot verskaf met ’n groot verskeidenheid disse.

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