Golf and Wine: The Bar Keeps Getting Raised in Capetown

Back to Ken Forrester for a great tasting: 9 wines starting at 10:30am. First we started with the petit chenin blanc ’14, nice, crisp acidity; Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc ’13 with richness added by barrel fermentation; FMC chenin blanc, Ken’s signature wine with

FMC Vineyard

FMC Vineyard

honey overtones; Roussane ’12, only S. Africa winery to produce a 100%; the Gypsy ’10 juicy with 64% grenache and 24 months barrel aging; Three Halves  ’07, a meaty blend of mourvedre, grenache and shiraz made only every three years; Three Halves ’09; barrel sample grenache ’14; and the grand finale: TNoble  ’11 a late harvest chenin with ripe sweetness but well-balanced acidity.

Then on to lunch at his brother’s restaurant: 96 Winery Road for an alfresco wine and food pairing: calamari with petit chenin blanc ’13; potato gnocchi with chenin blanc reserve ’13; Kataifi Salmon with Martin Meinert The Italian Job white merlot ’13; basil sorbet; Springbok Ravioli with Renegade ’10; Pepper Fillet with Martin Meinert Cabernet Sauvignon ’11; Tarte Tatin with Something Sticky.

96 Winery Road

96 Winery Road

A quick hop down the road and we are at Ernie Els Winery. The world famous golfer has plowed a ton of rand into this winery with stunning landscaping and state of the art facility. After touring the trophy room and the wine facilities, we had an alfresco tasting: cabernet ’12 with 12 month’s oak aging; Syrah from the Proprietor’s Series ’12 with 5% viognier, 17 month’s oak; Proprietor’s Blend ’12, a blend of all 6 grapes grown at the estate, with 60% cab, 20% syrah and equal amounts of merlot, malbec, petit verdot and cab. franc.; and we finished with the Signature ’12, a classic bordeaux blend with 60% cab, 25% merlot, and equal amounts of cab franc, petit verdot and malbec.

 

Practicing at Ernie Els

Practicing at Ernie Els

Ernie Els Winery

Alfresco tasting at Ernie Els

Alfresco tasting at Ernie Els

 

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