For years I thought I don’t like wine. But in the past few weeks I discovered that what I actually don’t like is box wine. That’s because this month I went for my first wine tasting tour to where the best wines in world are made – Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape.
To those who have never been there, the Cape Winelands are beautiful, enough to almost compel me to join the EFF and petition for an acre or two of this splendid piece of heritage.
Whether you are a novice or one who has developed a sophisticated pallet, you are bound to find something that suits your taste at Stellenbosch Vineyards. You don’t even need to prebook for the wine tasting. You can just show up and their friendly staff will take care of your every need.
But that’s not all.
When I arrived back in Johannesburg, almost as if they heard I was in the Winelands and didn’t pay them a visit, I got an invitation from Stellenbosch-based Spier Wine Farm for a wine tasting and networking event in Johannesburg.
The setting was incredible. Nettled in an upmarket suburb a stone’s throw away from Joburg’s famous Westcliff Hotel with its own private driveway come street, the private residence, actually pool house of the family that owns Spier Wine farm was the venue for the event. “Expropriation without compensations,” I kept thinking.
I felt that I had already earned my stripes at this point, so I welcomed the invitation by Spier Cellar Master Frans Smit to try their Creative Block selection, made up of a trio of bottles labelled 2, 3 & 5, which describes the number of grape selections used to make the specific wine.
I was also introduced to Spier’s Chardonnay / Pinot Noir, a pink drink that plays a heavenly tune on the tongue.
My choice out of the 4 – Creative Block number 3, a blend created from shiraz, mourvedré and viognier, giving it that bold red wine taste that you want with your steak but still makes it palatable for those who cannot brave a full-bodied shiraz.
After all that my stance on wine has definitely changed. From now on I will proudly raise a glass of good wine in honour of the master wine makers who put South Africa on the map with every bottle of this heavenly brew.