Mulderbosch, Steen op Hout
Mulderbosch, Steen op Hout
These vineyards are located in Stellenbosch district, further inland from Cape Town, close to the French corner known as Franschhoek.
My rating : 15/20 (Eye 4/4, Bouquet & Flavors: 4/6; On the palate: 4/6; Overall Impression 3/4)
A nose of tropical fruit and pear, this wine is ideal to start an aperitif after a beautiful sunny day with some appetizers. I do not recommend it during the meal because the nose of tropical fruit can take over the appreciation of your meal. On the palate, you will get a very floral taste with some notes of smoky vanilla and spices.
Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir 2016
Another neighboring wine from the French Corner, in Stellenbosch (a little closer to the Ocean, which may bring some minerality : the more Ocean breeze there is, the more acidity you get !)
My rating : 15/20 (Eye 4/4, Bouquet & Flavors: 4/6; On the palate: 4/6; Overall Impression : 3/4)
This is an original Golden yellow color for this blend, with some pinkish tints reminding some cheeks « blush » ! Fresh and mineral, we can get some apple and pear notes !
It will be ideal to pair it with a yummy goat cheese, some feta or even some seafood platter !
Rickety Bridge, 2016
Rickety Bridge is a traditional winery with Dutch farm architecture style from the Cape dating back to 18th century (1797) in the French corner of Franschhoek. Named after the bridge creation for the old railway line over the Franschhoek River, this house displays wines that regularly win prizes. Rickety Bridge welcomes you in a warm tasting room. All the vines are harvested manually! This white Chenin, highly grown in South Africa presents aromas of guava, white peach with a rich palate, having a nice body and some final notes of tropical fruit.
It is ideal as an aperitif in the summer heat with some starters such as toasted bread or brioche with some fresh cottage cheese, a hint of apricot or mango and why not, a shrimp on top!
Grande Provence, 2015
Famous and chic winery established in 1694 in the heart of Franschhoek region, Grande Provence is surrounded by mountains, protecting vines from the wind. This huge property offers an idyllic tasting setting with its French gardens as well as a contemporary art exhibition gallery and a gourmet restaurant. This house with Dutch Cape architecture also offers a luxurious stay in its guest rooms. The "premiums" wines (high quality) remain rather expensive unfortunately. On a blind test, this Chardonnay is quite impressive and reminds quickly of the Burgundy region in France with its very fruity aromas of apricot, toast, honey and vanilla.
My ideal suggestion for such a bouquet is to enjoy it with a fruity Comté cheese, some bread, nuts and dried apricots.