In a nutshell:

  • Value for money
  • Awe-inspiring mountain vistas
  • Huge diversity of dessert wines

The Breedekloof Valley – courtesy Lirita Hugo

One Bubbly

♥♥♥ Deetlefs Estate 2006 toasty apricot fruits, lively, fine palate, creamy, muscular

Eight Sauvignon Blancs

♥♥♥♥♥ Merwida 2012 tropical fruit plus asparagus and green peas, sweat, tangy and persistent

♥♥♥♥ Slanghoek 2012 lime blossom nose, soft creamy palate, good food wine

♥♥♥ Goudini 2012 strong vegetal nose, fresh palate of grass and veggies, tangy finish

♥♥♥ Avondrood 2011 expressive asparagus and green peas, creamy palate

♥♥♥ Badsberg 2012 lemon pith and minerality, citrus zest and sweet pastries

Lorraine 2011 fine green pepper flavours, easy-drinking

Palesa 2012 some sweat on nose, soft mouth-feel, tropical and creamy

Lateganskop 2012 pear drops and apples on palate, delicate, drink up

Four Chenin Blancs

♥♥♥♥♥ Palesa 2012 finely fruited, fresh grass and minerals, long

♥♥♥♥ Seven Oaks 2012 yellow fruits and citrus jam, leesy, subtle

♥♥♥ Deetlefs 2011 classic boiled sweets nose, minerals and honey, fine palate, long

Waboomsrivier 2012 aldehydic nose, soft palate of ripe apricots and peaches

A Quartet of Chardonnays

♥♥♥♥ Bergsig 2009 honey and butterscotch lead on to nuts and flint

♥♥♥♥ Bergsig 2010 oily palate, mineral style rather than fruit driven, creamy palate

Goudini 2011 grassy, creamy and ripe white fruits

Slanghoek 2012 cream soda perfume, reminiscent of viognier

One Riesling

♥♥♥♥ Deetlefs 2006 floral nose with some petrol, fine, delicate limey flavours, for Riesling freaks only, excellent acids

One Gewürztraminer

♥♥♥ Bergsig 2012 soft palate of Turkish delight, citrus zest and roses

 A Brace of White Blends

♥♥♥♥ Deetlefs Family White 2009 rich fruit with mineral backbone, dried stone fruit and nuts

Opstal Estate – The Mill Iron 2012 exotic nose of tropical fruit and roses, appealing

One Merlot

Botha 2010 light, savoury, clean red cherries

A Duo of Cabernets

♥♥♥ Merwida 2010 tobacco and tomato paste with some caramel

Bergsig 2011 exotic floral nose, sweet fruit plus mint

A Duo of Shirazes

♥♥♥♥♥ Avondrood 2009 coffee mocha style, super red plums and berries, creamy palate

Botha 2010 chocolate candied red fruit, grippy palate

A Six Pack of Pinotage

♥♥♥♥ Bergsig 2010 minerality, chocolate, fresh red berries with an elegant texture

♥♥♥ Botha 2011 mineral nose, raspberries and stylish tannins, super freshness

Seven Oaks 2009 good varietal character, fresh and clean ripe bananas

Deetlefs 2010 toasted spicy oak, ripe bananas with a chocolate finish

Palesa 2011 clean and sweet, fresh ripe berries

Badsberg 2011 mocha chewy fruit with a textured palate

One Touriga Nacional

♥♥♥♥ Bergsig 2010 floral nose, fresh, mulberry fruit and oranges, a wine for foodies

A Quintet of Red Blends

♥♥♥♥♥ Bergsig The Family Friend 2011 serious wine, complex melange of flavours, long finish

♥♥♥♥♥ Waboomsrivier Arborea Red 2010 superb nose, fresh intense red and black fruits, with chocolate

♥♥♥♥ Deetlefs Family Red 2005 savoury fruits and tobacco, good grip and length

♥♥♥ Daschbosch Procavia 2009 green pepper pyrazines, dried tomatoes and plums, fresh, mineral

Goudini Ruby Cabernet/Merlot 2011 juicy fruit, clean and fresh

Eleven Stickies

♥♥♥♥♥ Deetlefs Hanepoot 2009 fruit intensity and exotic perfumes, herbal and nutty

♥♥♥♥ Bergsig Cape LBV 2001 authentic Port style, savoury, prunes, caramel and dried fruits

♥♥♥♥ Goudini Hanepoot 2006 nutty and rich apricots, citrus cheesecake

♥♥♥ Slanghoek Cape Ruby 2011 floral, sweetly fruited, earl grey tea, dried plums and cherries

♥♥♥ Waboomsrivier Hanepoot 2008 citrus and rich peach flavours, nuts and toast

♥♥♥ Slanghoek Red Muscadel 2011 rooibos tea, apricot jam and nuts

♥♥♥ Slanghoek NLH 2007 apricots and honey marmalade

♥♥♥ Slanghoek Crème de Chenin 2010 raisins, marmalade and honey

Opstal Chardonnay Barrel Dessert 2011 raisiny rich and silky palate

Badsberg Special Late Harvest 2011 ripe apricots, tangy citrus and tropical fruits

Badsberg Red Jerepiko 2011 candied red fruit and plums