Our September Events

A review from Karin Wild

With CWG, Taste the Best and Bestseller Degu, we were able to taste our way from highlight to highlight from Thursday to Saturday, with around 550 bottles of wine worth CHF 26 000 being opened. An unbelievable event that has yet to find its equal.



Karin Wild, wine consultant at KapWeine

«Crown jewels» of this wine tasting

I would like to start today with one of the most talented winemakers in South Africa, Donovan Rall. Already on Thursday, at the Cape Winemakers Guild Event, he personally presented his CWG Noa Syrah 2021 from the Swartland. In the nose with typical dark fruit but also fynbos notes. A wine with intensity and structure at only 12.5% alcohol, simply great stuff.

Friday and Saturday Donovan showed his entire wine range. My chosen jewels are the two white wines AVA and NOA, named after his two children. Both are Chenin Blanc, NOA aged in clay amphorae with notes of brioche and apples and an incredible tension in the wine. There are only 1200 bottles of AVA, the notes are more exotic, especially pineapple and guava. Both wines have a wonderful minerality and a salty finish, which according to Donovan is quite typical for his white wines with the 2021 vintage.

I found another gem with another young, incredibly passionate and talented winemaker. His wines and their story touched my heart. Bernhard Bredell, who grew up in a family of winemakers, is the 7th generation of his family to practice winemaking on the soil of his ancestors. With his wines from the Scions of Sinai winery, he pursues the goal of producing authentic wines of the highest quality, which he succeeds in doing without exception in my eyes. The vines for his Chenin Blanc Granitsteen are only 3.5 km from the sea, closer than any other winemaker. I fell in love with his Grenache Blanc Gramadoelas from the Klein Karoo. By the way, this is the only registered Grenache Blanc vineyard in the Klein Karoo. I am convinced that these wines will touch your heart as much as mine with their expressiveness and precision.

Chenin Blanc AVA – 2021
CHF 55.00

Sixpack Special >6 bottles
Chenin Blanc NOA – 2021
CHF 44.00 instead of CHF 55.00

Special Offer
Grenache Blanc Gramadoelas – 2022
CHF 26.90 instead of CHF 35.00

Personal favourites

Actually, I could tell you something about every wine again, with so many great wines, it’s hard to choose. However, I’ll try to focus on just a few. One of them is the Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon Five Generations of the Nieuwoudt family, which settled in the Cederbergs in the 19th century and whose vines are located at an altitude of around 950 – 1000 metres above sea level. The Cabernet shows dark fruit, currant and plums, very intense and with a lot of structure, just the way I love «Cabsav».

While we’re on the subject of Cabernet Sauvignon, there’s no way around the Vergelegen «V» for me. The price is high, but for me it is also one of the best. The wine is complex, multi-layered and very deep. You find aromas of cedar, spices, cigar box, cherries, raspberry and, and, and…. simply wonderful. Again one of those wines for special moments or all moments you want to make special. A speciality of mine! Also really great for me is the G.V.B. also a Cabernet Sauvignon, which is always a highlight, as is the pure Semillon. I admit it, I am – among other things – a Vergelegen fan.

Von wegen Semillon, schon komme ich zum nächsten persönlichen Juwel. Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, er stammt von einem der ältesten Weinberge Südafrikas. Zwei Drittel wird im Barrique und ein Drittel im Betonei ausgebaut, wie mir Marc Kent persönlich erläuterte. Das Resultat ist ein grossartiger Semillon mit ganz viel Alterungspotenzial wie der am Taste the Best Geöffnete 2006-er Jahrgang bewies. Um noch kurz bei Boekenhoutskloof zu bleiben, zu meinen Shiraz Juwelen gehört definitiv der Porseleinberg, einfach Weltklasse. Weine von Boukenhoutskloof machen einfach grossen Spass, wie man auch den beiden Fotos mit dem Export Manager entnehmen kann…

Top Sale
Cab. Sa. Five Generations – 2020
CHF 59.00 instead of CHF 79.00

Killer Deal >6 bottles
V – 2016
CHF 79.00 instead of CHF 99.00

G.V.B. Red – matured – 2015
CHF 59.00

Killer Deal >6 bottles
Semillon Reserve – 2020
CHF 21.90 instead of CHF 29.90

Semillon – 2020
CHF 44.00

Killer Deal >6 bottles
Boekenhoutskloof – 2020
CHF 69.00 instead of CHF 89.00

Story in a glass

Finally, I would like to mention a few wines that particularly impressed me with their uniqueness and, how could it be otherwise, with the story they tell in the glass. These are the three Damascene Syrah, all vinified in the same way. One from the Cederberg region, one from Stellenbosch and one from Swartland. My favourite was the Stellenbosch, find out which is your personal jewel.

And last but not least, I would like to share my Merlot jewels with you. Thelema Merlot Reserve, a blend of the best parcels with violet notes, dark berries and graphite, a great Merlot that should not be missing in any cellar. Just like the Shannon Merlot Mount Bullet, an expressive Merlot from the Elgin region, which is only surpassed by its big brother Shannon Black, a high-end Merlot.

Killer Deal >6 bottles
Syrah Stellenbosch – 2020
CHF 36.90 instead of CHF 49.00

Killer Deal >6 bottles
Merlot Reserve – 2020
CHF 32.90 instead of CHF 44.00

Killer Deal >6 bottles
Mount Bullet Merlot – 2019
CHF 39.90 instead of CHF 59.00

Sixpack Special >6 bottles
Series C – 2019
CHF 109.00 instead of CHF 129.00

The review is a bit long, but with sooooo many excellent wines open, it simply can’t be any shorter. I will tell you about my Bordeaux blend jewels in person at the next event. Ok, I’ll mention one more, Vilafonté Serie C, all I can say is Taste the Best…

Your Cape Angel Karin

Wine consulting

By the way, if you would also like a personal guided tour through the world of South African wine with me, just get in touch with KapWeine. If possible, a time slot will be reserved for you at the next event.


All prices in CHF incl. VAT. Daily price as of 04.10.2023.
Offers valid while stocks last. Errors and price changes subject to change.