La Motte Pierneef, Franschhoek blend Shiraz Viognier
A wine from a reknown winery in the French corner of Franschhoek, with a gourmet restaurant, both in the heart of winelands surrounded by mountains.
My rating : 16/20 (Eye : 4/4, Bouquet & Flavors: 6/6; On the palate : 3/6; Overall Impression : 3/4)
With a nose offering dark fruit and spices, a second nose of dark chocolate, this complex wine displays a varied range of aromas with a long aftertaste on the palate. It will reveal some black pepper notes in your mouth.
La Bri, Franschhoek,
97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier.
In this large traditional "farmhouse" style building, at the exit of Franschhoek's French Corner, you can taste the house wines in a huge room with traditional wooden beams overlooking the production tanks and the outdoor terrace surrounded by the old mountains.
This wine won a silver medal in 2017 and leaves us with notes of plum, mint and black cherries.
Petit Plaisir Red, 2015
from Plaisir de Merle winery
In this farmhouse, still in Franschhoek, made from stones and dark wooden decoration reminding some French regions, we can discover beautiful blends such as this one:
50% Shiraz, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 3% Roobernet (South African grape variety!).
This rich and complex wine, aged 16 to 18 months in French and American oak barrels, with a purple color, bears on red fruit, raspberry, spices such as cloves and very ripe black fruit. It suggests some notes of light tannins with a subtle finish on the palate and a hint of smoky vanilla.
from Vrede en Lust
In this large and modern building surrounded by many terraces, you can admire the majestic view over the vineyards and mountains displayed over the Franschhoek Valley while enjoying wonderful wines served by the hostesses dressed in their long red dresses.
This 100% Malbec grape, a powerful and "masculine" French grape, brings out some "Mocha / Moka" and chocolate aromas on your nose that follows through the palate. It has been aged 9 months in American oak barrels. Enjoy the wine with a wonderful piece of chocolate topped with almonds!
Shiraz from Saronsberg, 2015
Located in the Tulbagh region known for its excellent Shiraz, Saronsberg is a modernly built house that was divided by the two Krone brothers in the 1950s. The vineyards are spread on both sides of the upper Breede River Valley.
The soil is made from clay, is a little bit sandy and has many stones.
This wine constantly wins awards over the last ten years (Platinum Award 2015 South Africa Wine Index).
It has light aromas of textured tannin, with a nice body in the mouth, a silky finish in the palate combining a beautiful blend of red berries and black fruit with some floral notes and nuances of fynbos (South African plant in mountainous area and under sea spray, fire resistant, heather type). It is pleasant with the Biltong, a dried meat from South Africa or with grilled meat accompanied with nice sauces.
This Pinotage, a grape variety created in South Africa in 1925 is a good companion for evenings in front of the fireplace with a chocolate in hand! But be aware that Pinotage can show a very variable quality from one winery to another, from one region to another and can be either light-medium bodied or full bodied according to the maturation methodology. It develops aromas of red and especially black fruits including blueberry, with some notes of plum. It is slightly woody and leaves you with a nice final touch of dark chocolate. Its tannins are well integrated with a subtle smoky note! It could be nice to taste it with Belgian or Swiss chocolates (and if possible dark, for chocolate lovers!)