I never take for granted the gorgeous country that we live in and even less, our corner of

Woolworths Limited Release TMV Spectrum 2008

Woolworths Limited Release TMV Spectrum 2008

paradise on the banks of Zandvlei. It’s hard to think that today was the shortest day in the year, supposedly the middle of Winter, and we found ourselves enjoying the early sunset, on the jetty with our canine companions and pelagic birds,  sipping another delectable South African wine.

Mostly we enjoy red wines but the glorious sunshine today called for a fresh white wine and Tullbagh Mountain Vineyards Spectrum was the perfect choice.

Tulbagh is a wine district in the Coastal Wine Region of South Africa, a valley enclosed by mountain ranges. TMV is run using a terroir driven approach and bio-dynamic farming methods, by  Paul Nichols who tends the vineyards and Rebecca Tanner who is the cellar master.

Spectrum 2008 is a much lauded blend of Chenin Blanc 62%, Chardonnay 14% Grenach 9%, Rousanne 8% and Viognier 7%.  The components were fermented seperately in old oak barrels and 600 liter Nomblot egg-shaped fermenters and only native yeasts were used. Malolatic fermentation was allowed and the wine was left on its lees without sulphur additions. After a year the wine was racked and blended. The result is natural richness and mouth feel as well as natural minerality. The palate is rich and complex with elegant layers of citrus, lime and vanilla flavours ending in a long, long finish.

Food matches are roast herb chicken or duck with orange or ginger sauce.

For me this is a superior quality wine and I rate it 19/20.

It has a screw cap and the alcohol content is 13.5%.


2 Responses to “Midwinter in Cape Town”

  1. Vera says:

    Very nice and inspirational description of your region – I wish I was there! Hopefully, I will be lucky to visit South Africa one day, as we are discovering better and better quality wines from your country here in American market for the last few years. I haven’t had the chance to taste this Spectrum, but I will look for it in the stores. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Fat Gary says:

    Wow, it looks amazing. I used to sail in Zandvlei when I was a boy scout many years ago, I dont remember it being quite so picturesque.

    Thanks for making me homesick as hell, I think I’ll head home and crack one of my few, treasued SA wines.

    Great blog, keep it up. I’ll be back!

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