Stemware Mat­ters

Condé Nast House & Garden - - DRINKS - es­ona.co.za

Cham­pi­oning this be­lief is Rowan Beat­tie, owner of bou­tique win­ery Es­ona, who’s part­nered with mas­ter glass mak­ers Riedel to of­fer wine lovers the glass slip­per of tast­ings. De­scend into the 95-year-old build­ing’s can­dle-lit kuipe (fer­men­ta­tion tanks) to learn, com­par­a­tive to grape-spe­cific stemware, just how coun­ter­pro­duc­tive ‘joker’ glasses are for sip­ping on fine wines. And the gim­mick works: the Es­ona Chardon­nay 2016, with its grapes picked in three stages and paired with orange dark choco­late, is es­pe­cially re­ward­ing.

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