Bot River

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

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.

A Viognier

♥♥♥♥♥ Gabrielskloof 2010 Rich and Rhône-ish, ripe stone fruit and layered complexity.

A Verdelho

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.