To be honest this isn’t my favourite place to drink wine. It isn’t the wine list or the glassware, or even the service; I think it’s the proximity to the Main road in Seapoint or maybe not, I don’t know, it just isn’t for me. When I drink wine I want it to be somewhere elegant, or rustic, essentially it must have character; and Harold’s doesn’t have much of the latter. It feels a bit cheap really
The wines we were presented with however were very interesting and whether they were liked or not they proved much to talk about afterward.
|Drakensig Sauvignon Blanc 09||14.5||14.25|
|Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Chardonnay||16||14.88|
|Amani Pansy Poppy Blush ‘09||15.5||15.33|
|Zorgvliet Cabernet Franc ‘07||15.5||14.75|
|Altydgedacht Barbera ‘07||14.5||14.69|
|Stellenrust JJ Merlot ‘05||16||15.19|
|Eaglevlei Shiraz ‘07||15.5||16.44|
I feel that I am learning to score as I go along. I might have over scored here a little, although I do feel there were some standouts.
The Viljoensdrift impressed with its toasty oak that didn’t nearly overwhelm the pineapple and peach fruits (to be honest I though this was a blend). Maybe not classical Chardonnay but a lovely wine. I perhaps over scored a little here as I found the finish a little hot.
Some of the group disliked the Stellenrust JJ Merlot on the grounds that it was too thin. I’m not so sure; I really enjoyed the fresh acidity the slight oak spice and the minerally finish. I thought it was austere, others astringent, I thought it elegant, others thin. Maybe it is like the bar itself: most liked the place I thought it a bit of a dive.
If you want to pop in somewhere on the top end of Seapoint Main road then Harold’s is a decent enough place., but if you want an engaging atmosphere with a cosy seat to nurse your wine I’d choose somewhere else.