Having been given the opportunity to sample some of the tastings on offer at The KWV Emporium, we were very excited to see all the choices on offer . They certainly didn’t disappoint, there are so many brands that form part of the KWV group, they really do cater to every last person’s taste.
Below is a list of the brands which form part of the KWV Group,some might even surprise you…
Produced only in exceptional vintages, the Perold Shiraz is representing the best a South African wine has to offer.
KWV The Mentors is a range that honours the diversity of terroir and climate that influences the different styles of wines from South Africa.
Cathedral Cellar wines are amongst the most decorated both internationally and locally, testimony to the superlative quality of the wines in that range.
Celebrate special occasions with the rewarding taste of KWV Reserve Collection, wines that deliver that little bit extra.
Wherever you go, KWV Classic wines reflect the social and diverse nature of the Rainbow People, offering a wine for every taste and occasion.
KWV sparkling wines have a rich tropical fruit aromas characteristic of the Chenin Blanc grapes used. Served well chilled, they are the perfect welcome drink or served as an accompaniment to light meal dishes.
Roodeberg is a wine that has stood the test of time. It maintains its legendary heritage & style, but is also continually evolving with the modern lifestyles of its global enthusiast.
Named after the historic KWV farm, Concordia, this range of smart and sophisticated wines (blends) achieves a balance of subtle flavours and careful crafting. Classic wines with a touch of new world fruit nuances.
It was the opinion of a Frenchman, Leguat, who visited the Cape in 1698, that Laborie wine was “the best in the colony and similar to our small wines of Champagne”.
Golden Kaan represents modern, South African wine enjoyment for every palate. The classic portfolio comprises a range of eight noble single varietal wines.
A lively, vibey social spirit with a sense of adventure and exclusivity . . . even decadence.
The heat of the Cape summer ripens the grapes to perfection, and in the afternoon, gentle southern breezes from the Bay cool the grapes and ensure the perfect balance.
This is no ordinary red wine but a wine that’s as unique as the people who appreciate it. Young at heart, contemporary in attitude, always fresh and fun.
South Africa is well known for its quality brandies and is one of only three countries world-wide that produces grapes and wine specifically for brandy production with the double pot still process. The other two countries are France and California. Other countries mostly produce their brandies from surplus wines.
Port in South Africa has a distinguished heritage and, since its establishment in 1918, KWV has helped develop this tradition by producing port style wines of outstanding quality.
KWV has long been involved in the production of dessert wines, producing well-aged vintage muscadels and jerepigos. During World War 2, South Africa and KWV in particular, was the only major supplier outside of Europe to provide notable volumes of brandy and fortified wines.
KWV has been at the forefront of producing high quality sherries in South Africa for more than three decades.
KWV Dry Gin, KWV Vodka, KWV Van der Hum Liqueur, KWV Van der Hum Cream Liqueur
Engage your taste buds in this delicious smoothness. Enjoy your Wild Africa Cream neat on the rocks, in your speciality coffee or smothered over vanilla ice-cream.
A new range of spirit based, ready-made cocktails with a high fruit juice content, sold in 2 Litre Bag-in-box. The unique taste of Ciao relies on the expert infusion of real fruit juices married with the selection of the finest spirits.
So as you can see we really are spoilt for choice, and it doesn’t matter whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply an easy drinker like me, there is something to for all of us.
Our tasting assistant,Millicent,was so proud of the KWV group and product she went well beyond what was required and made sure we had everything we needed even though they had busloads of people due to arrive.
We opted to have the KWV Mentor’s Tasting, the Brandy and Fudge Tasting, the Fortified Wine and Cake Tasting and a new addition for, the designated driver’s ,the pregnant partners,non-alcoholic’s or kids of the group the Tea and Chocolate Tasting, which means we go back we can sample another 4 more different tastings.
First Up – A TASTE OF THE BEST-KWV The Mentors and Perold Tasting-
Taste the diversity of terroir and climate that influence South African Wines. The wines truly reflect the best this country has to offer. The grapes used to craft these wines are mentored through specific site selection, treatment in the vineyards, and special cellar care. The result? Wines without equal that reflect the best South Africa has to offer.
Visitors can choose five wines from KWV The Mentors and Perold ranges
Cost: R50 for five wines
We choose the KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013-described as a white blend with layered aromas of gooseberry, limes and floral blooms, perfectly paired with seafood, chicken or a salads. A very easy drinking wine.
Next the KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013– A more complex zesty wine with notes of peach and apricots but also some almond and dried fruit on the palate. Excellent paring for most Tappas.
We then went on to sample 3 more wines from The Mentors range namely, The KWV Mentors-Pinotage 2013, The KWV Mentors Cabernet Franc 2013, The KWV Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2013, all of which were rich in flavour and did well as part of a range fit to be called THE MENTORS RANGE.
We then went on to experience A TASTE OF RICHNESS-Brandy/Spirit and Fudge Tasting- 3 x KWV Brandies and 1 Vodka with Fudge.
KWV Three Year Old Brandy paired with Vanilla & Hazelnut Fudge- KWV’s journey into brandy started with this one, double distilled and pot still blended the fruity pear flavours are complemented beautifully with the Vanilla and Hazelnut Fudge.
The other 3 pairings are:
Laborie Alambic Brandy paired with Fudge with Apricot pieces
The multiple award winning Imoya Brandy paired with Milktart and Cinnamon Fudge
Lastly the KWV Vodka is paired with Orange Fudge-your typical Vodka and Orange Juice Combination
We then needed some respite as it was going to be a long day and tried A TASTE OF TEA– Dilmah Leaf Teas were paired with chocolates to bring you an amazing aromatic and rewarding experience.
Cost: R45 for 5 Teas and 5 Chocolates
The pairings were:
Moroccan Mint & Green Tea with Dark Mint and Apricot Chocolate
Italian Almond Tea and Milk Spice Medley Chocolate
Acai Berry with Pomegranate & Vanilla paired with White Hot Plum Chocolate
Blueberry & Pomegranate Tea with White Almond and Apricot Chocolate
And last but my no means least, Peppermint & English Toffee Tea paired with Creamy Milk Hazelnut Chocolate.
Each tea was paired very well with the accompanying chocolate and the pairing brought out the best of both chocolate and tea.
And you thought KWV Wine Emporium didn’t serve dessert, well think again…for only R50.00 they offer a FORTIFIED WINE AND CAKE TASTING, and they paired all the sweet wines very cleverly with not too sweet cakes, so the balance was reach between the too. One of the best pairings I have had for sure.
KWV Muscadel with a raspberry cupcake-The tartness of the raspberry added the acidity needed to tone down the sweetness of the wine.
KWV Tawny Port paired with Apple and Pecan Nut cupcake-The nuts complemented the wine and apple just added the contrast needed to make this the excellent pairing it is.
KWV Van der Hum Liqueur paired with Lemon Mascarpone cupcake-the citrus flavours of both the liqueur and cake and the sweetness of the Mascarpone make this another cleverly crafted pairing.
KWV Wild Africa and Hazelnut Mini Cake-The nutty flavour of the cake and the caramel and coconut flavours are one of the best partnerships, another winner.
So you see this is just a glimpse into what they have on offer at KWV Emporium in Paarl,next time you in the area please stop by or better yet make it a day and do the Cellar Tour you certainly wont be disappointed.