Once you think Benguela Cove Wine Estate has reached its full potential with a plethora of offerings including food, wine, and art, it introduces yet another reason to visit the estate.
Following a 3-month aspirational campaign, Going Places, it was written in the stars that Benguela Cove would be rewarded for their tenacity to succeed.
Benguela Cove debunked the belief that cool climate wine regions are only best suited to Pinot Noir and white cultivars and shined with two National Champions on the podium for their Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot.
"I get plums … red maraschino cherries … nuances of English leather with a hint of mocha…"
We need to build a vocabulary of smells and aromas when we cook, travel, dine out, or go for a walk in the mountains. Nature has all these little libraries of smells that can help you in your pursuit to become a good taster. And trust me; it is fun and a continuous learning process.
The consumer wine world is forever-changing. People’s tastes are determined by the latest restaurants, trendiest superfoods on supermarket shelves, popular food programs on the telly and of course, what is best suited to enjoy with the weather.
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.