Adding a bit of Portuguese spice to the wine rack – ABSA Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival 2014
Posted on: 2014-06-24
Posted by: ABSA Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival
This past weekend festival goers to the ABSA Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival were tempted not only by the fine array of authentic Cape “Ports”, but also delighted by the table wines crafted from Portuguese varieties & the discovery of boutique producers.
The long weekend of 14 - 16 July saw festival goers attend the 3rd ABSA Caltizdorp Port & Wine Festival 2014. Festival goers were delighted by the finest Cape “Ports” crafted by South Africa’s benchmark producers and also given the opportunity to discover possibly previously unknown table wines from Portuguese varieties and small boutique producers located in this Klein Karoo outpost of the wine lands.
The Calitzdorp boutique producers: Axe Hill, Peter Bayly, TTT, Withoek & Du’SwaRoo, shared the station tasting venue with Grundheim, Muratie, De Krans, Calitzdorp Cellars and Boplaas, showcasing their wines and “ports”. Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Tempranillo (or Tinta Roriz), Verdelho and Souzão might not be varieties which come to mind when wine drinkers decide on a glass of wine, but these Portuguese varieties thrive in the harsh Karoo climes producing decidedly different red wines full of ripe fruit flavours, spice and a satisfyingly savoury finish; while white wines with zesty acidity, citrus and zippy minerality are crafted from Verdelho.