As I’m sure you are aware, my husband loves wine, especially reds where as I am more like a wine beginner or virgin. I am still exploring and discovering what I like and what I don’t like.
This is the main reason we decided to host a wine tasting and pairing day with our close friends. It was really just an excuse to go overboard with the catering and enjoy some fantastic wine and great company.
So I will warn you now, this is just an overview of the wines we choose to taste. I will do detailed posts on the different wines, what we liked, what we paired them with, etc.
What vineyard did we choose?
We decided to sample Nederburg wine, as they are a really good wine farm, who make some great wines. We then thought it was best to keep to one collection and thought that the Winemaster’s Reserve would be a great place to start as they are Nederburg’s core superpremium wines. They were named to honour the long-established tradition of winemaking excellence. These classically styled, food-friendly wines with refreshing fruit flavours, elegance and finesse, treasure the integrity of the Nederburg grapes in every step of the wine-growing and winemaking journey. Every glass demonstrates an unwavering commitment to world-class vineyard and cellar skills.
One thing you will soon realise as I am a huge fan of go big or go home! So we tasted a total of 10 different varietals from the Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve.
- Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Chardonnay 2014
- Riesling 2014
- Shiraz 2013
- Merlot 2013
- Pinotage 2012
- Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
- Elderood 2012 (Cab Sauv & Merlot blend)
- Special Late Harvest 2014
- Noble Late Harvest 2013
How did we rate the wines?
I decided that we need a score sheet or something that we could score the wine and also give comments based on our scores. So, obviously I searched google fro some examples and came across the American Wine Society Wine Evaluation Chart…which I thought was a great starting point. So I adapted it, added a column for comments, adding in the wines and printed it for everyone to use.
I am going to end off by saying…stay tuned for my next post on the delicious and awesome Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve varietals we tasted!
For more information on Nederburg’s Vineyards & Wines, visit their website: nederburg.com
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