Not everyone has the ability to detect the subtleties of aroma and taste when tasting wine.

The good people from Leopard’s Leap in Franschhoek sent this useful note to me, together with a bottle of their Leopard’s Leap Chardonnay Pinot Noir:

Anyone who has ever been to a wine tasting, knows that there is a lot of ‘nose’ action. Swirling the wine in the glass to open the ‘nose’ and smelling the wine to identify the ‘nose’. This can be quite intimidating for wine novices and those who drink wine purely for the enjoyment it brings.

While identifying the berry flavours – and if you are really good, the specific berry – raspberry, not cherry… – really is not necessary, it can actually be quite a bit of fun! These nuances are what differentiate wine from other drinks – vintage influences, winemaking methods, maturation, serving temperature, food pairing and even stemware all have an influence on what you experience in your glass of wine. With a little bit of guidance, some information and of course practice, one might actually enjoy building a memory bank of flavour associations.

As an example, the Leopard’s Leap Winemaking team has deconstructed the popular Leopard’s Leap Chardonnay Pinot Noir from our Classic Range. The flavours identified are Pink Lady apple (quite different from Golden Delicious or Granny Smith or Top Red…), raspberry, red grape, grapefruit and strawberry.



Taking advantage of some Autumnal warmth, we sat on our stoep the other afternoon, and enjoy a glass or two of the Chardonnay Pinot Noir. I’m not much of a chardonnay fan, but with the pinot noir in the mix, it brought a gentle smile to my palate. At a cellar price of just under R50-00 a bottle, well worth a try.

Now you too knowse about it!


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