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lenbosch. Pinotage, as Michael pointed out in his article, is the signature red varietal of South Africa. We tried a lot of Pinotage in “S.A.” and, to be honest, it was a mixed bag. However, the Beyerskloof 2014 Reserve showed a lot of refinement. Then it was off to the Winelands region north of Cape Town. We made a stop at La Motte Private Cellar in Franschhoek on our guide’s recommendation. La Motte is a showy (dare I say touristy?) winery. However, their 2015 Chardonnay, W.O. Franschhoek impressed as a very clean, wellcrafted product with just a hint of wood. And that is coming from someone whose Chardonnay palate has been abused over the years due to mediocre products. At our insistence, our guide finally took us to Vergenoegd Wine Estate near Stellenbosch. The 2006 Estate Blend and 2007 Terrace Bay Bordeaux Blend that Michael raved about were sold out by the time we got there (boo hoo!), but we tasted and purchased the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, which I can report is one heck of a consolation. Even their workhorse “Runner Duck” blend way over-delivers in depth and finish considering we paid the equivalent of C$7 for it. As Michael wrote, Vergenoegd’s products are unfortunately not available in Canada. As we did at Cellar in the City, we showed the folks at Vergenoegd a copy of Michael’s article at the end of our visit, so I think that the amazing hospitality, as was shown pretty much everywhere in South Africa, was sincere. When we showed them the article, our hosts were truly flattered and appreciative of the coverage. So between Michael and his wife and my wife and me, the path for B.C. bar members and their partners to South Africa’s wineries is now clear! Andrew S. Roth Terrace 296 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE t t t t t


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