Wine Tasting 3/30

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on March 25, 2010

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.

It wasn’t till the late 1980s and 1990s when Apartheid was ended and the world’s export market opened up that South African wines began to experience a renaissance. The style of wine coming from this reborn nation seems to straddle the New World and the Old, combining the ripe fruit of the former with the elegance and restraint of the latter.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday March 30th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

 

RAATS ORIGINAL CHENIN BLANC, 2008

Harvested separately from sandstone and granite soil in different pickings over the ripening period to enhance diversity of flavour, vinified separately according to their soil type. Crafted without oak to preserve all the “original” vibrant freshness.

Exploding with succulent green melon, apple, pineapple, citrus and hints of ginger in the mouth, perfectly weighted with a crisp, mineral finish.

87 point rating  in the March 31 issue of Wine Spectator 2010

BTG $ 5.50                                  Retail $13.99

 

MULDERBOSCH FAITHFUL HOUND, 2005

43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc

Smoky, with incense and coffee aromas up front, followed by a focused palate of red currant, crushed plum and boysenberry fruit, all layered with additional cocoa, grilled herb and mineral notes. The long finish lets both the fruit and herb notes linger

90 point rating  in the March 31 issue of Wine Spectator 2009

BTG $ 9.00                                  Retail $ 23.99

 

KANONKOP KADETTE, 2008

Pinotage 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 15% and Cabernet Franc 10%

A full bodied wine with ripe, sweet banana and berry flavours. This wine shows remarkable complexity with soft grape tannins and a long dry finish.

91 POINTS Wine Enthusiast

BTG $ 5.75                                  Retail $14.99

 

KANONKOP PINOTAGE, 2006

100% Pinotage

Very ripe but pure and streamlined, with range and depth to the layers of mocha, blackberry preserve, fig sauce and graphite notes. Long and plush through the finish. Shows Pinotage’s dark, grippy profile but none of its hard, rustic edges.

91 point rating  in the March 31 issue of Wine Spectator 2009

BTG $13.50                                  Retail $37.99

 

KANU KIA-ORA NOBLE LATE HARVEST, 2004

The grapes were handpicked in the early morning from selected bush vines. The vineyards are situated in the prime Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch. The word koel is the Afrikaans word for cool and best describes how the area benefits from gentle sea breezes in the summer months. Rich and sweet, but with bouncy acidity too, keeping all the dried apricot, mango, persimmon and ginger flavors harmonious through the exotic, alluring finish.

92 point rating  in the September 30  issue of Wine Spectator 2006

                                                               Retail $ 23.99 (375 ML)