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Vinous gems


The line-up (from left to right): Kanonkop 1976, Middelvlei 1982, KWV Roodeberg 1977, Zonnebloem 1970 (the wine in the glass), Nederburg 1973.


Yesterday a tasting of some of the great old names of Cape wine.

Overall the wines showed very well with elegance and purity and that vinous quality that only comes with age. Notes:

Zonnebloem 1970 – Had the richest colour of the lot and showed the most body and flavour. Also slightly less acid than the others. Excellent

Nederburg 1973 – Very elegant with good acidity. Excellent

KWV Roodeberg 1977 – Typical old Cape wine and not unlike old Chateau Libertas. 1977 was said to be a poor vintage but this wine was excellent.

Middelvlei 1982 – Showing more modern profile and Cabernet leafiness. Very good.

Kanonkop 1976 – My first impression was that it was spoiled, but with time becoming better although it showed a foreign-tasting sharpness. Good.