Get Curried Away This Winter. I find wine and curry combinations both exciting and challenging. Feel free to explore and experiment, but there are some golden rules when pairing wine with curry…
Winter might be here but nothing will dampen the spirit of a true rock n roller. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate hosted the rocking trio Cloud 9 on a balmy February eve earlier this year and by the 2nd set they already had everybody on their feet, even 80 years olds! Now it is a matter of counting the days until their next performance on 22nd June when Benguela Cove is bringing them back in the heart of winter. This time the courtyard will make way for the elegant indoors tasting room with roaring fireplaces and enough space to boogie the night away. So tuck away those blankies and prepare yourself for a serious party through music genres that stood the test of time. I for one will definitely be back.
The owner of Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, Penny Streeter OBE, has won yet another award. At the South African Chamber of Commerce Awards, Penny Streeter OBE won the Business Woman of the Year Award on 15 May 2019.
The 2017 vintage had laid a few gems in the Benguela Cove crown with the Catalina Semillon 2017 taking the lead in the 2019 SA Platters Guide. Scoring 92 points in the 2019 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, the newly released Benguela Cove Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 has joined these ranks, highlighting that this cool climate estate can do the King of Grapes justice with balance, power and finesse.
Now there is a name that kneads recognition, something a lot more wineries should get their fists into. When shaped into something special, one is rewarded with plenty of deliciousness to feed thy wine soul.
I have the grave suspicion that many wine drinkers deprive themselves of the privilege to enjoy different wines due to the simple fact that they cannot pronounce its name. Loosely translated as “the little green one” in French, “Petit Verdot” doesn’t exactly hold the promise of something fruity either, and it certainly doesn’t help that it is most often hidden away in blends.
9 April 2019: The long-awaited SA 2019 Platters five-star achiever, Benguela Cove Catalina Semillon 2017, was launched with great fanfare at the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate this past weekend. Following suit was the estate’s new artisan range, Vinography, sharing the platform with the estate’s latest vintage releases. The tasting was ruled by a distinguished 2017 vintage, the year in which the wine cellar was completed, celebrating a huge milestone for Benguela Cove.
South Africans love Shiraz – so much so it is worth having an annual competition to identify the best of the best. This competition also “spills” some light on the array of styles made in South Africa.
Winemaker Johann Fourie thought about naming his small-batch wines like any dad would ponder about the name of his firstborn. Not that this would be the first time he pushes the boundaries, but it would be the first time that Benguela Cove would highlight vineyards with a trajectory of consistent quality.
The impact cork has had on the wine world
Cork trees are to Portugal what Amarula trees are to Africa. They both grow wild, create numerous job opportunities and one can hardly imagine a world without them.
The energy during harvest time is infectious. The cellar doesn’t sleep. Everyone is working around the clock to assure that all the initial phases of winemaking are soundly set in place. Now the smell of fermenting grape juice is filling the cellar, a smell that evokes a sense of nostalgia. Being in love with wine and everything it encapsulates, I was only a little girl when my mom and grandma introduced us to fermenting must. It was the early days of the Stellenbosch wine route and every formidable baker would que for a liter of this tangy, sweet fermenting grape juice to bake her beloved version of Mosbolletjies.