Wine tasting is tough work. It’s impossible to taste all of the wines at the Wade Bales Wine and Malt Whisky Affair that he is hosting in partnership with KayaFM and Old Mutual on the 28th and 29th May at the Rosebank Firs in Johannesburg, so we asked Wade to pick out the five wines that he will make sure he is tasting this week.
1. De Wetshof Method Cap Classique Brut 2008
Wade suggests starting off your wine tasting with the Methode Cap Classique Brut 2008 from De Wetshof – an estate has been synonymous with the production of Chardonnay since the 1970’s. He thinks it would be interesting to try another serious bubbly from the Robertson Valley famous for the ubiquitous Graham Beck bubbly’s. 60% of the blend for the Brut 2008 is from Chardonnay and the balance from Pinot Noir resulting in an elegant Brut with yeasty citrus aromas and an ideal companion to all festive occasions.
2. Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2014.
He recommends you start your white wine tasting at the award-winning Delaire Graff, where no expense has been spared to create luxurious wines high up the Helshoogte Mountain Pass in Stellenbosch. Their Coastal Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc is rich in tropical fruit flavours, underpinned by layers of blackcurrent, gooseberry and nettles.
3. Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2014.
Having recently been awarded the best Chardonnay in the world for the 2013 vintage, Wade thinks it would be fitting to seek out a tasting of the follow up vintage from the oldest wine farm in SA which was established in 1685. Winemaker Boela Gerba is as charismatic as the wines he makes, with this full bodied wine, showing a chalky, mineral character, some orange and butterscotch on the nose and citrus and toasted almond on the palate.
4. Giorgio 2012 from Dalla Cia Wine Company.
The Georgio is crafted by the legend Gio Dalla Cia of Meerlust fame. He was the cellarmaster at the historic estate for 25 years before creating the eponymous Dalla Cia label which garnered 5 stars for his maiden Giorgio 2007. The Giorgio 2012 is a classic Bordeaux Blend consisting predominantly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The mouthfeel is opulent with a generous lingering aftertaste which compliments all red meat, roasted or stewed.
5. Vilafonte Series C 2012.
Considered to be one of SA’s few ultra premium wines, the owners of Vilafontes dream is to produce wines which stand shoulder to shoulder with the great wines of the world. Nothing less. Series C takes its name from the Cabernet Sauvignon which defines the style of the wine. The Series C style is that of a firm, powerful and concentrated wine, rich in fruit at release and blended for long aging.
Make sure you take Wine23 along with you to the wine tasting, so you have tasting notes on all the wines literally at your fingertips.by