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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES (article first published : 2001-08-7)

The annual Stellenbosch Winemakers’ Roadshow, one of the most popular events on the wine calendar, comes back to KwaZulu/Natal on August 13 at the Kloof Country Club and August 14 at the Durban Country Club.

For the past 12 years this show has become an ever-widening platform for top quality wines from Stellenbosch. This year 107 wines will be available for tasting from 28 estates. KZN has grown steadily in recent years as a market for quality wines and red wines in particular have sold well here. Sixty-three reds will be available at the roadshow, which takes place from 18h00 to 21h00 at each of the two venues.

Tickets R45 booked at Computicket and a limited number will be sold at the door each evening. Inquiries to Belinda Croxon on 082 896 3317.

The red wines on the show include 17 blended reds, including outstanding examples from such relatively little-known cellars as Bellevue, Dellrust and Yonder Hill. Better known names in this category are Uitkyk, L’Avenir, Le Bonheur, Middelvlei and Vriesenhof.

The 14 cabernets include the show’s only Veritas gold medal winner, the Delheim cabernet of 1999. Other estates will be releasing new vintages. There are 14 pinotages and nine good examples of shiraz, a cultivar that after a period of relative neglect is now very much in demand. Eight merlots from such well known producers as Hartenberg, Overgaauw, Lanzerac, Stellenzicht and Zonnebloem, and one malbec from Bellevue, complete the list of red wines on show.

Eighteen of the 37 white wines for tasting are newly released 2001 vintages of sauvignon blanc. Newcomers in this category are Knorkoek estate, Dellrust, Waterford and Yonder Hill, and old favourites include Delheim, Neethlingshof, Simonsig and Uitkyk. The chardonnays include the award-winning Lanzerac chardonnay of 1999, and a new blend presented for the first time will be Lanzerac de Forellen Lerato, a natural sweet rose. There are two gewürztraminers, a good accompaniment for Durban spices and curries.

The show is rounded off with three stands featuring port from Dellrust, Heldekruin and Overgaauw. – Michael Green




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