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Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Dave Erickson » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:08 pm

I'm going to be in Cape Town, late January early February. It's been a dozen years since my last visit, and I'm looking for recommendations. What's the latest out of Stellenbosch and the Paarl? Who should I visit? Other areas with reach of Cape Town worth a visit?
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:20 pm

Will email pal Keith Protheroe of UK board fame for you. He lives in area for 6 months of the year. Peter May might show up here, he is very good on the area I think.
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Bruce K » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:35 am

Dave Erickson wrote:I'm going to be in Cape Town, late January early February. It's been a dozen years since my last visit, and I'm looking for recommendations. What's the latest out of Stellenbosch and the Paarl? Who should I visit? Other areas with reach of Cape Town worth a visit?


Since you've been there before, you may have already done something like this, but I loved the drive down to the Cape of Good Hope, stopping at Groot Constantia on the way down and Simons Town (for the penguins) on the way back.

We didn't wind up doing this, but I've heard great things about Hermanus/Walker Bay, too -- a bit farther drive, but I like the wines I've had from the region and the whale watching is supposed to be spectacular -- if it's the right time of year for it.
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:22 pm

Dave, I heard from Keith, PM just sent to you.

Perhaps check this out, some very nice reds a la Sarah Ahmed.

http://www.thewinedetective.co.uk/blog/ ... -in-focus/

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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Dave Erickson » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:02 pm

Bruce K wrote:
Dave Erickson wrote:I'm going to be in Cape Town, late January early February. It's been a dozen years since my last visit, and I'm looking for recommendations. What's the latest out of Stellenbosch and the Paarl? Who should I visit? Other areas with reach of Cape Town worth a visit?


Since you've been there before, you may have already done something like this, but I loved the drive down to the Cape of Good Hope, stopping at Groot Constantia on the way down and Simons Town (for the penguins) on the way back.

We didn't wind up doing this, but I've heard great things about Hermanus/Walker Bay, too -- a bit farther drive, but I like the wines I've had from the region and the whale watching is supposed to be spectacular -- if it's the right time of year for it.


Funny, I did exactly that 12 years ago. Groot Constantia is a gorgeous property, and a restaurant in Simons Town provided my introduction to Southern Right sauvignon blanc.
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Bruce K » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:20 pm

Dave Erickson wrote:Funny, I did exactly that 12 years ago. Groot Constantia is a gorgeous property, and a restaurant in Simons Town provided my introduction to Southern Right sauvignon blanc.


Great minds... And agreed on all fronts.

I especially like Southern Right's Pinotage -- which is easily the best version of that grape I've ever had. I believe the winery's in the Walker Bay area, which might be incentive to travel there.
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Peter May » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:02 pm

Dave Erickson wrote:I'm going to be in Cape Town, late January early February. It's been a dozen years since my last visit,


You see tremendous change since your last visit and a huge difference in the quality of wines.

There's much more focus on visitors, upgraded facilities and many many more wineries. OTOH traffic congestion is much worse and a journey that took 45 minutes back then can be double now.

Get the latest Platter and - using your previous experience - narrow down your interests.
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:34 pm

Mullineux is producing some lovely wines so should be on your list! If you scroll down Jamie`s list, there are some other wineries of not mentioned.

http://www.wineanorak.com/southafrica/s ... lineux.htm
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Peter May » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:03 am

Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:Mullineux is producing some lovely wines so should be on your list!


Bob, which ones have you had that you recommend?
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by John S » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:07 am

I agree with Peter's comments. The region is very different now, much more focused on wine tourism. I was there in 2003 and 2011. It isn't Napa-like, yet, although in some places is heading that way (especially in Franchoek), with some pretty spectacular buildings. Delaire is quite a building, but I didn't love the wines. Tokara is another impressive place, but with much better wines. Their Director's Reserve white is always impressive and good QPR. Chamonix is a nice winery to visit as well - nice wines.

Getting the latest Platter guide and giving it a good read is really useful. The 2013 edition just came out. There are so many wineries it's hard to provide specific recommendations without knowing more about what you are looking for. Vergelegen is a must, I think. I really enjoyed the Walker Bay (Hermanus) area. Great wineries and great scenery. Newton Johnson and Hamilton Russell are two top wineries in that region.
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Re: Stellenbosch/Paarl visit

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:07 am

Peter May wrote:
Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:Mullineux is producing some lovely wines so should be on your list!


Bob, which ones have you had that you recommend?


2008 Mullineux White.
2009 Kloof St Red.
2009 Syrah.
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