30 Oct @RMBWinex: A feast for the taste buds!
I am a bit of a fiend on Twitter. What this means is that I identify people who have interesting things to say, I add them to lists and regularly retweet them. One of these people is @JoziStyle. This blog features the most interesting, must-attend events in Jozi, and Edward – who runs the site – is always at the forefront of what’s happening. So, it just so happens that I follow @JoziStyle and I regularly retweet his content. One day last week, I received a Tweet from him saying that I had won a set of double tickets to @RMBWinex! (I can’t even remember entering the competition, nevertheless I was ECSTATIC!)
So, on Friday night, my husband and I went off to the event, which was being held at the Sandton Convention Centre. As we had been to @RMBWinex previously, we decided to avoid the well-known wine brands that are freely available on restaurant menus and in bottle stores and instead chose to try the labels that we hadn’t come across before.
Here are our favourites.
Sumaridge Estate Wines
First up on our tour of @RMBWinex was Sumaridge Estate Wines, which is located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Our favourites were definitely the Maritimus (which is a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc 49%: Chardonnay 25%: Semillon 21%: Viognier 5%) and the Chardonnay.
Doolhoof Wine Estate
Doolhoof – which is situated in Wellington – has an extensive selection of delicious reds to taste at the show as well as one or two whites, which we were not too keen on. The winners for us were definitely the Single Vineyard Collection (Malbec) as well as the Single Vineyard Collection (Cabernet Franc). These two could potentially be put down for a year or two but they are – in our opinion – very ready to drink now.
Highlands Road Estate
The star for Highlands Road Estate – as far as Gav and I were concerned – are definitely the Sine Cera Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc as well as the Chardonnay. We were so impressed with the Sine Cera that we bought a couple of bottles.
Pandora’s Box Wines
Pandora’s Box Wines definitely won the award for good value-for-money wine. (All their bottles – on the night – were retailing for R35 a bottle.) We enjoyed their reds far more than their white, and definitely recommend The Persian Connection (Shiraz) as well as The Bell Pepper (Cabernet Sauvignon). The wines sell at Makro, in addition to other well-known bottle stores, so it’s freely available.
We have a very special place in our heart for Prosecco as this is one of the wines we had at our wedding. So every time we see a brand of Prosecco that we haven’t seen before, we jump at the opportunity to try it. This is exactly what we did when we saw the Valdo range of Prosecco. At @RMBWinex, they had the following to try:
All of these are equally superb, but – what stood out for us – is the Oro Puro Prosecco DOCG. So much so that we bought six bottles!
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