Week 4 and we’re on to Vrede en Lust, with two lovely blends the Cotes de Savoye and White Mischief open from Thursday:
“Whilst they may claim a heritage that extends back to 1688, the real story here began in 1997 when Dana Buys, in partnership with his brother Etienne bought this stupidly beautiful estate between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. When the neighbouring farm of Wolve Kloof came onto the market shortly thereafter Dana scarcely hesitated before adding that to the family property portfolio and, in so doing, restoring the boundaries of the property as they had existed in 1783. Subsequently, they have acquired 57 hectares in the slightly cooler climate of Elgin where the focus is on Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Pinot Noir.
Winemaker, Susan Erasmus has developed a broad but uniformly impressive range covering a wide range of styles from just off-dry Riesling to a strikingly good Bordeaux blend – Boet Erasmus; this latter wine is one of three from the estate to find its way into the 2017 SA Top 100.
85% of the estate’s wines are currently sold on their domestic market – here’s hoping that we can tweak that number and see sales in the UK reflecting the quality and value on offer.”
The life of a vintner can be a lonely, frustrating experience but, just occasionally, it throws up the sort of opportunity that makes the whole thing worthwhile.
So it was that, in the company of food and drink writer and Birmingham legend, Paul Fulford, I set about one of the toughest food and wine matching challenges to date in the beautiful surroundings of Chung Ying Central on Colmore Row
For the final week we look at Louisvale, and will be opening their Stone Road Sauvignon Blanc and the newly arrived sparkling MCC Brut Chardonnay-
“We have a particular soft spot for Louisvale as it was our introduction to them 12 months ago and the subsequent success that their wines have enjoyed that encouraged this project in the first instance.
For week 3 we’re focusing on Longridge:
“With a series of awards and a trophy cupboard which, it’s fair to say, is more along the lines of Barcelona than Birmingham City this is a truly impressive line-up. Stars of the show were the ridiculously pretty, The Emily, a Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend that just cries out to be drunk, a delicate, beautifully balanced 2015 Chardonnay, the truly exceptional, Bordeaux style, Eklipika 2014 – widely regarded as one of the country’s finest reds and, for me the real surprise – Pinotage 2015 – it’s Pinotage Jim but not as we know it; bright, full of sweet red fruit and not a trace of burnt rubber in sight.