Just a few weeks after the devastating fire around Cape Town, Groot Constantia won the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde 2015. Their Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2013 beat no less than 825 other wines and took first prize.
This wine has won 16 gold medals during the past 10 years, so it was maybe a little expected.
Between Paarl and Wellington in the South African winelands, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, lies the small vineyard Temple Wines. The farm is run by Swedish Alf & Marie Ljungqvist, a couple that is impossible not to like. A visit here was a ‘must during our time in Cape Town, we hadn’t been there for several years and it’s always so nice.
Temple Wines specialises in the grape Pinotage, which is a South African specialty created in 1924, when Professor Abraham Izak Perold crossed the two varieties Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The latter was at the time called Hermitage in South Africa, which explains the name Pinotage.
We had the pleasure to try five lovely wines when we were there. Difference and Evidence, of which Evidence was our favorite as it’s a wonderful full bodied Pinotage, 3D, which is a South African version of a Bordeaux wine and Opus 5, Temple Wine’s fifth Pinotage which will certainly be really really good within a few years old (we have a bottle in our wine rack, waiting for the year 2020!).
The coolest wine Temple Wines produces though must be Innocence, which is something as rare as a white Pinotage. Temple Wines is one of only four producers in South Africa that do this. And it’s a very good wine that messes up the communication between eyes and taste buds…
Temple Wines is not only a winery but they also have five lovely rooms where you can stay while exploring the winelands. Affordable and personal, here you will definitely have a lovely time! You have the opportunity to have a braai (bbq) and they also offer a delightful delicacy platter with wine if you don’t want to go into town for the restaurants.
Last, but not least, a stay here also includes wine tasting and a cellar tour with Alf, which is a real experience.
Temple Wines is a wonderful place run by wonderful people!
The weekend is finally here! Hope you all have some lovely plans. I think I will be both quiet and still throughout the weekend, I’ve completely lost my voice and feel generally very tired (not fun at all when it’s 32 degrees outside). But Lina is going out for dinner with nice company at beautiful Melrose Arch.
We thought we’d give you a wine tip that could be a good match for any of the meals of the weekend. We think Diemersfontein Coffee Pinotage is a really nice wine. It has been one of the favorites for quite some time actually. I know it’s sold in Sweden, but the rest of you out there – you will have to go and search for it. Let us know if you find it!
This is a wine that smells strongly of coffee and chocolate, but it also has a fruity flavor (and toasted oak character with hints of coffee, blackberry, chocolate and vanilla – at least that’s what the ones who know say). It’s great with lamb and beef, but also to drink just the way it is.
Have a nice weekend everyone!