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Blaauwklippen: The Cherry on the Cream

by Götz A. Primke

„We want to be the cherry on the cream“ told me today Rolf Zeitvogel, General Manager and Wine Maker at the Blaauwklippen Vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa. And indeed, this magnificent site is on the best way to be one of the big names in the african wine business. The vineyard is since some few years on the way from a mass production to quality and especially to fit the wines for culinary tastes. Wines for the restaurants, that is what this german owned south african vineyard is going to promote.

After a very nice guided tour through the cellar and some nice insight views of the vineyards, thanks to Crescenda, a 29 years old native south-african girl, who studied german at Stellenbosch University and learned the wine business on the go at Paarl, I spent some delicious wine tasting hours with Rolf Zeitvogel.

We have been tasting a 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, a 2007 White Zinfandel (sic!), a 2004 White Fum’e, a 2006 Calash, a 2007 Landau Ros’e, a 2005 Barouche, a 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2005 Cabriolet, a 2005 Zinfandel and at last a delicious 2007 Noble Late Harvest Zinfandel. Some more to these wines you will read in my articles.
Thanx to this lovely vineyard I had some wonderful and tasty hours at Stellenbosch.

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