jamie goode's wine blog: South Africa, day 2

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

South Africa, day 2

First chance to report from the road. Arrived late on Tuesday and spent the afternoon with some wine scientists at Stellenbosch University, before heading out to Durbanville for a dinner at Ntida with some of the top producers in this small but appealing wine region. It was great fun, and I liked the wines.

I stayed overnight at River Manor in Stellenbosch (pictured above), and then met up with the two other journos on the trip at Flagstone, where Bruce Jack told us all about his journey with Constellation (the drinks giant who bought him out a couple of years ago).

Today was focusing on the more commercial end of the market, and we followed Flagstone/Constellation with KWV at Laborie, where we had lunch. After this, we finished the day at Nederberg (part of Distell, South Africa's largest wine company). Now it's almost time to hit Stellenbosch for an informal feed.


At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Hartenberg said...

Dear Jamie

We hope you are enjoying your time in South Africa. It will be lovely to see you here at Hartenberg, if your program allows of course. We would like to give you the opportunity to taste the new vintage of the Merlot (2006). The 2005 received the Trophy for the best international Merlot at IWSC in London.

Kind regards

Huibre Hoff
Hartenberg Estate

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Constellation, Distel, KWV - wow, what next? An Arniston Bay vertical?

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, someone's got to pay for the trip!

At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever wrote the second post on here clearly knows nothing about the wine trade.

If they think that Constellation or Distell (as it is actually spelt) only deal in cheap plonk, then they really aren't very bright.


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