Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Report from ... KWV Lunch and Tasting - September 23, 2013

Lunch and Tasting with ...
Richard Rowe , KWV Chief Winemaker
at Spencer in Burlington
Cathedral Cellar 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($15.95 - #328567)
14-16 months in 40% first fill barrels; 96% French / 4% American
lots of dark and red fruit, smoky, cocoa powder, nice lingering spice
delicious dark smoky finish (****+)
Roodeberg 2011 Red ($12.95 - #007187)
The blend: Cab Sauv (40%), Shiraz (30%), Merlot (20%), Petit Verdot (10%)
10% in barrel - the rest is done with oak staves
Richard says the "Petit Verdot is the most interesting aspect, it holds the acid really well"
Richard: "in the past we sat on this wine too long - we release them earlier for freshness and vibrancy"
Aromas of red and blue fruit - Fruit driven palate: blueberry, blackberry, white pepper, nice acidity with smoky elements
good finish with a touch of coffee (****)
KWV (Contemporary Collection) 2013 Chenin Blanc ($9.45 - #18689)
An amazing fresh and fruity wine with no oak maturation
nose: lanolin, pineapple, tropical notes, peach pit and melon
taste: follows from the nose pleasantly along with Bosc pear skin
Great patio sipper and party pleaser  (*** 1/2+)
Cafe Culture 2012 Pinotage ($9.45 - #18689)
if you like coffee and mocha this is your wine
you'll also find hints of raspberry in the mix  (*** 1/2+)
As for the lunch, this was the best dish:
can't remember what it was but it was delicious.

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