In a nutshell:
- A beards and barrels harvest party is the annual social highlight
- Exotic Pinot Noir
- A dynamic mix of Elgin elegance and Hermanus hedonism
Bot River Bubbly
Genevieve MCC 2010 Fresh and limey with toasty honey.
A Pair of White Blends
♥♥♥ Gabrielskloof Magdalena 2010 Lanolin and minerals, asparagus, tropical fruit, spice and honey.
Beaumont Raoul’s Jackals River White 2012 Chalk and peaches, creamy palate.
A Trio of Sauvignon Blancs
♥♥♥ Paardenkloof 2012 Green and grassy nose, deceptively light palate with pleasant ginger notes.
Gabrielskloof 2011 Spicy nose, lemon and tropical fruit on the palate.
Rivendell Estate 2011 Rustic limes with a grippy palate.
A Trio of Chenin Blancs
♥♥♥ Wildekrans 2010 Big honey bomb with fresh acids and a good length of dried stone fruit and sweet spices.
Barton 2012 Citrus style with hints of mint and camphor, some pith.
Beaumont 2012 Big mouthfeel, citrus and white candied fruits.
♥♥♥♥♥ Gabrielskloof 2010 Rich and Rhône-ish, ripe stone fruit and layered complexity.
Feiteiras 2012 Pithy lemons and spice. A food wine.
A Trio of Rosés
♥♥♥♥ Beaumont Raoul’s 2012 Floral nose leading to Strawberries and cream.
♥♥♥♥ Gabrielskloof Rosebud 2012 Floral spicy nose and those sweet strawberry pastries.
Feiteiras 2012 Creamy palate with some veggie notes.
A Quartet of Red Blends
♥♥♥♥♥ Gabrielskloof The Blend 2010 Minty bordeaux blend of bell peppers and cherries. Good complexity, spicy oak, tobacco and leather.
♥♥♥♥♥ Gabrielskloof Five Arches 2008 Powerful red and candied stone fruit, blockbuster rich and ripe. Will last till next payday.
♥♥♥♥ Wildekrans Cape Blend 2010 Spicy berries and black pastilles New World paladin, chewy tannins.
♥♥♥ Feiteiras Troca Tintas 2011 Red berries and green peppers, fresh acid, good aging potential. A food wine with sweet fruit.
A Cabernet Franc
Wildekrans Cabernet Franc 2010 Fresh cherries and camphor. A good match for game dishes.
A Trio of Shirazes
♥♥♥♥♥ Wildekrans 2009 Floral and mint a Bot River benchmark, leather and tobacco.
♥♥♥♥ Wildekrans 2010 Dried stone fruits, prunes and mint, very attractive.
♥♥♥ Gabrielskloof 2009 Rhône-style: savoury spicy benchmark, peach peel with fresh elegance.
A Cabernet Sauvignon
♥♥♥♥ Eerste Hoop 2009 Left bank Bordeaux doppelgänger, maritime bell peppers. Fresh and toasty with good balance.
A Trio of Pinotages
♥♥♥♥♥ Wildekrans Reserve 2010 Minty berries, black plums and candied red fruit. Superior oak management and seamless balance.
♥♥♥♥ Wildekrans 2010 Minty and fresh cherries lead you back into the glass.
♥♥♥ Beaumont 2010 Green banana on nose, sweet fruit, spice and toast.
A Perfect Pinot Noir
♥♥♥♥♥ Goedvertrouw 2009 Exotic perfume, Turkish delight. Candied roses and cherries. Creamy mouth feel, quintessential feminine.