White, rosé, and sparkling wines are in the first part of the tasting notes report. Red wines will come later, in part II.
Drostdty-Hof Chardonnay 2005 (Western Cape)
color: pale yellow
palate: full-bodied yet dry and refreshing, flavors of citrus and tropical fruits, long aftertaste. “Bites back.” Goes well with seafood and chicken. Also nice on its own.
Della Cia Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Meerlust)
color: very pale
nose: citrus, grass, honey melon
palate: refreshing. "Anonymous" at the start but really develops itself. A different kind of dry, with a powerful grapefruity aftertaste (“bites” in the end). Flavors of tropical fruits, grass, hint of grapefruit.
grade: :-)+ with food, and :-) on its own
Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2006 (Franschhoek)
nose: flowers, perfume
palate: interesting blend – the flavor of chardonnay with the hint Pinot Noir to make it all refreshing. Full-bodied, refreshing, slightly bubbly. Flavor of green apples and pears. Easy to drink. Lovely wine for summer, for example with seafood.
Rosé and Sparkling Wines
Delheim Pinotage Rosé 2005 (Simonsberg, Stellenbosch)
color: pale for a rosé
nose: strawberries and raspberries
palate: round, full-bodied, slightly sourish aftertaste but not in a bad way. Refreshing, with the flavor of raspberries. Goes nicely with fish and seafood, also good on its own.
Haute Cabrière Bella Rosa
color: orange with hints of pink. Very pleasing color.
nose: citrusy but otherwise difficult to determine
palate: refreshing dry flavor of grapefruit with a hint of orange. Slightly bitter aftertaste.