#BECCASWINESWAP X CANTO WINES

I’m baaaack!! I can honestly say that this has been a LONG year and I’m positively limping along towards the end of the year. Burnout is a real thing, but I wouldn’t trade any of this year’s experiences for the world. This edition of #beccaswineswap was made super special by a guest hopping on a plane and joining us all the way from Zimbabwe!! We’ve gone international y’all!! Shout out to Thembi and hopefully, we’ll be seeing you next year too!!

Let’s get into it. This edition was held at a small boutique winery located in the Durbanville Wine Valley called Canto Wines. I’ve come to appreciate the love and intention that goes into the creation of a limited number of bottles, particularly when limited by space and other resources. Canto is a beautiful little chapel (literally) built on land that used to be part of its neighbour, Meerendal. When Canto owner, Marinus Neethling bought the land, he didn’t think he’d me making wine on it, lucky for us, that changed and Canto was born. The farm is 18ha in size, and its vineyards are unique in that most of the wine come from old vines with small production and excellent quality.

Karien, Canto’s knowledgeable Wine Manager, guided us through our tasting. We started off with the 2018 sauvignon blanc, a crisp and fresh wine on the palate with medium acidity. It’s also lovely on the nose – tropical fruity notes. With summer in full swing, I highly recommend this chilled, on repeat.

We then moved on to the chardonnays, of which Canto makes two, a wooded and unwooded. Karien advised that we taste them alongside each other to get a better understanding of the difference between the two. unwooded. I found myself partial to the unwooded Chardonnay which has an the expected acidity of a full bodied wine coupled with the crispness of a white. The wooded chardonnay is a beautifully balanced wine. It finds its complexity in the oak, the butter & citrus on the nose .It is rounded off by a subtle creaminess.

Time for the reds!! We transitioned with the merlot which spent 18 months in an oak barrel, flavouring the wine with smoke and leather. It has very soft tannins and makes for easy drinking. We then tried the pinotage which boast the classic red berries, mild spice and that subtle roasted coffee. A medium to full bodied wine that feels like fine silk in your mouth, definitely my favourite of the reds.

What is summer without bubbles??? We tried the award winning, 100% chardonnay MCC which is made in the traditional French Method Champenoise, having spent 24 months on the lease. It is a brut among bruts – classic with extra fine bubbles and deliciously rich. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Canto’s MCC & Macaroon tasting which allows you to taste their full range of bubbles paired with scrumptious macaroons for only R98 per person.

I want to thank the team at Canto (shoutout to Karien) for letting us invade their chapel and frolic in the sun on their rolling lawn. If you’re pressed for activities in the coming holiday season, please put Canto on your list – you will not be disappointed. No frills, no fuss, just excellent wine (and cheeseboards – I cannot stress this enough).

A truly wonderful afternoon was spent with these humans – half of whom were first timers and hopefully not last-timers (#dadjokes).

One more #beccaswineswap episode to go for 2019!!

Love and wine,

The Empress

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