Mapping Terroir : Day Five

We tasted almost three hundred Robertson wines over the last two days and the terroir jigsaw puzzle is starting to reveal itself. Full bodied Cabernets without those grassy pyrazines of Durbanville. Rich Chardonnays lacking the racy acidity of Elgin. Spicy Shiraz without the mintiness of Bot River. Elizma Botha (below) and her merry team were cheerful accomplices without whom we’d have progressed at a snail’s pace.

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Tomorrow, its off to Overhex to taste the terroir of Worcester and on Thursday we’ll be at Opstal in the Breedekloof. At some of these venues we’re the first wine hacks they’ve ever spotted and are treated as mini celebrities. Which speaks volumes.