Just an ordinary sun filled Wednesday in the middle of the Cape winter and so what better excuse could you have for a braai and great bottle of wine?
With 10% discount at the Windmeul market on Saturday of course we were going to get a Reserve bottle for our friend’s birthday (and one for the rack).
One of the reasons we liked the wine was the number of awards stickers all over the bottle and the reasonable price considering it is a reserve with so many awards. And well deserved awards at that! Just look at all those stickers.
Our braai guests had the choice of any bottle on the rack and settled for the Windmeul Reserve Cape Blend. So, a Cape Blend by in general is a red blend with a significant percentage of Pinotage in the blend. Pinotage being a varietal founded and bred in South Africa, a cross between a Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (Hermitage). The blends are usually similar to a Bordeaux style with the exception of the Pinotage which adds more berry flavours to the blend and less spice from the Cab Sav.
A blend we can be proud of here in the Cape!
We will definitely be getting a few more bottles for the wine rack at the market next month.
My other half’s notes in the little black book…
WINE: Windmeul Reserve Cape Blend
PRODUCER: Windmeul Cellar
REGION & COUNTRY: Agter Paarl, Western Cape
GRAPE VARIETY: Cape Blend – 60% Pinotage, 30% Cab Sav, 5% Merlot, 5% Tannat
BOUGHT: The Market at Windmeul, first Saturday of every month
PLACE TASTED: At home
APPEARANCE:A dark red, almost purple colour.
NOSE: Earthy and fruity. Coffee beans.
TASTE: It has the smoothness of a blend, it is fruity with an edge and not too earthy. It has a subtle coffee flavour when you are drinking it, but none of the bitterness.
FINISH:A slight dark chocolate, like 85% Lindt dark chocolate finish. A smooth and soft finish.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Excellent! It is actually quite reasonably priced considering
OVERALL VALUE: Exceptionally well priced for a fantastic uniquely Cape blend.
A fantastic wine which complimented our lamb ribs and roasted vegetables beautifully!
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