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
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.
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.