Botriver Spring Festival
|Enjoying "brunch" at Eerste Hoop|
|Goedvertrouwd tasting room|
|Tania, Rozanne and me enjoying Goedvertrouwd Chardonnay|
Next stop Luddite! This boutique farm only produces
. They have just released the 2007 vintage but the 2006 is also still available and according to wine maker Niels Verburg it will be perfect if you can keep it for another two years. I could not prepare myself for what I was about to taste…Rich dark plum color in the glass with plum and berries on the nose, I was already very exited at this point, it melts away on the palate! Smooth elegant with great fruitiness and just the right amount of spices to make this the best Shiraz I have ever tasted!!! But great wine comes at great prices and this 2007 vintage retail at R290 per bottle but worth every cent! Shiraz
|Beaumont Wine Farm|
Last but defiantly not least was Barton Wines! Barton is a lovely farm on the R43 on your way from Botriver to Hermanus. The farm has three beautiful villas and they produce lavender products such as hand cream, Shampoo and essential oil. They also have their own olive oil and honey witch is both very nice. OK back to the wine. I tasted a Chenin Blanc and blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Both of these were very nice easy drinking summer wines, great to enjoy every day.
|Ready for blending!|
After the tasting it was off to blending our own wine. Barton hosted a competition where you could make your own blend and the winner won a weekend in one of their fabulous villas. Each blender received five 200ml bottles each containing a different cultivar witch was unknown to the blender. With this you also had a tasting glass and a measuring cylinder and an empty 100ml bottle for your final blend. The whole process was “supervised” by the wine maker P.J. Geyer. This was so interesting and fun I sat there for almost an hour just to get things the way I liked it.
|Red smiles after a great day|
Great day, good fun with good friends, lovely wines and did I mention we shared all this with baby Isabella now only 17 weeks, what a pleasure!!! If you can this is a festival not to miss next year!