In a nutshell:

  • Longest main road in the southern hemisphere
  • HQ of the KWV
  • Shiraz a feature

Paarl RSA

A Quartet of Sauvignon Blancs

♥♥♥ Freedom Hill 2012 white peaches, tangy tropical with a touch of sweaty asparagus

Boland Flutterby 2011 tangy tropical, lemon pith and yeast

Boland 2012 cheese curls, passion fruit and limes

Ridgeback 2012 ripe gooseberries and pineapple

A Quintet of Chenin Blancs

♥♥♥♥♥ Boland Five Climates 2012.  Pear drops, boiled sweets and apricots, floral nose and palate

♥♥♥♥ Freedom Hill 2011 ripe oranges on nose and palate

♥♥♥ Mellasat 2012 delicate floral, very elegant

Landskroon 2012 grassy nose, limes and citrus palate plus pineapple

Druk My Niet C68 2012 nutty candied white fruit with a mineral tang

Seven Stunning Chardonnays

♥♥♥♥♥ Mellasat 2010 woody nose, ripe and creamy lemons palate, zippy acids, long finish

♥♥♥♥♥ Glen Carlou Quartz Stone 2010 rich and ripe flavours, fab intensity, tangy minerality, honeysuckle and orange blossom, Mersault style

♥♥♥♥ Boland Reserve #1 2010 toasty marmalade, fresh citrus, elegant

♥♥♥ Freedom Hill 2010 rich and ripe floral nose and palate, cream and nuts

Boland Five Climates 2011 fresh with charming fruit sweetness on palate

Glen Carlou 2011 a smoky honey butterscotch bomb

Rhebokskloof 2011 lemons and limes plus sour citrus

A Brace of Viogniers

♥♥♥ Fairview 2011 floral fynbos and peachy, light and elegant

♥♥♥ Ridgeback 2011 pronounced wood, nutty and intense peaches

A White Pinotage

♥♥♥♥ Mellasat 2011 super rich, plums and herbs

A Pair of White Blends

♥♥♥♥♥ Fairview Nurok Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Rousanne, Grenache 2011 floral medley, creamy palate, fresh and delicate

Boland Sixty 40 Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc 2012 fresh and ripe, tropical fruit salad

A Duo of Rosés

♥♥♥♥ Mellasat 2012 onion skin colour, tangy mulberries, peach skin and toast

Boland Flutterby 2012 dusty ripe and sweet strawberries

One Malbec

♥♥♥ Druk My Niet Malbec 2009 powerful and dense mulberry nose and palate plus spice for Africa

One Barbera

♥♥♥♥ Fairview Barbera 2010 spicy nose, tangy redcurrant milkshake

Twin Pinot Noirs

♥♥♥♥ Glen Carlou 2011 sour cherries, tangy mulberries, barnyard nose, silky palate

Glen Carlou Reserve 2011 bruised strawberries on toast, herbal palate with some mocha notes

A Quartet of Merlots

♥♥♥♥♥ Veenwouden 2011 grassy and herbal, tangy red plums, rich and dense flavours

♥♥♥♥ Boland Flutterby 2011 fresh red berries, tangy

♥♥♥ Boland Five Climates 2011 smoky brambles, chocolate and blackcurrants

♥♥♥ Landskroon 2011 spicy black olives and savory leather

Five Pinotages

♥♥♥♥♥ Fairview Primo 2010 exotic nose, elegant, sweetly fruited, floral with an underlying chalky minerality

♥♥♥ Boland 2009 herbal fynbos, sweet fruit and toast

♥♥♥ Boland Five Climates 2009 rustic green bananas, grippy tannins, long finish

Freedom Hill 2008 chocolate and spicy plums plus ripe bananas

Boland Cappupinoccinotage 2011 coffee, mocha marmite and toast

Seven Shirazes

♥♥♥♥♥ Fairview Beacon 2009 incredible concentration of black plums, vanilla spice, silky palate and dark chocolate

♥♥♥♥♥ Fairview Eenzaamheid 2010 polished palate, silky smooth, plums, prunes and peach peel

♥♥♥♥ Landskroon 2010 perfume nose, white chocolate, rich and silky palate

♥♥♥♥ Rhebokskloof Black Marble Hill 2010 extra oak, dense black plums and bacon

♥♥♥♥ Rhebokskloof 2010 huge concentration of blackcurrants, rich, a discovery

♥♥♥ Landskroon Paul de Villiers 2010 bacon, toasty vanilla and prunes

Boland Reserve #1 2010 sweet red fruit and bacon bits

A Quartet of Cabernet Sauvignons

♥♥♥♥♥ Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry 2008 dense and intense, blackcurrants, lingering

♥♥♥♥ Landskroon Paul de Villiers 2010 chocolate style, red berries and plum pudding, creamy palate

Boland Five Climates 2010 lively fruit, clean, fresh

Landskroon 2011 bell peppers, clean and fresh

Nine Red Blends

♥♥♥♥♥ Druk My Niet Invictus 2009 minerals, dense, intense, persistent 20 year lifespan confidently forecast

♥♥♥♥♥ Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009 dense red and black plum flavours

♥♥♥♥♥ Rhebokskloof 2010 intense fynbos, sweet fruit and herbs, elegant

♥♥♥♥♥ Veenwouden Classic 2009 toasty, dense, elegantly spicy with hints of violet and cigars

♥♥♥♥ Mellasat M 2006 fresh, savoury plums, tobacco

♥♥♥ Freedom Hill 2009 celery and tea, deep and dense, grippy palate

♥♥♥ Freedom Hill 2010 chocolate mulberries

♥♥♥ Landskroon Paul de Villiers 2010 milky and silky, red berries

Boland Sixty 40 2011 clean, rich and ripe

Four Stickies

♥♥♥♥♥ Mellasat Tuinwyn Straw Wine 2010 fresh and intense rooibos tea and quince marmalade, herbal dried fruits, nuts and figs

♥♥♥ Boland Red Muscadel 2011 floral nose, rose petal palate, citrus pulp and zest

♥♥♥ Landskroon Port 2008 baked fruits and chocolate

Ridgeback Natural Sweet Viognier 2010 grass and hay then Tarte Tatin