Being located so close to the wine farms of the Robertson Wine Valley we are definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to sourcing wines for our wine list. Our biggest problem is how to keep it to a manageable number whilst still supporting our neighbours, but still reflecting the variety and quality that this region has to offer.
Recently we decided to ‘go tasting’ and in fact as it was so good we decided that we just had to go again and try to work out which wines to feature for this season.
Our selection starts from as far away as Robertson with the ‘Gorgeous’ rosé wine of Graham Beck, then Kranskop on the hilly slopes of Klaasvoogds for their exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, followed by our friendliest and most picturesque Springfield Estate for our firm favourites of Life from Stone and The Wholeberry. De Wetshof’s Limestone Hill Chardonnay is a tough choice – they produce six different Chardonnays! then on to Excelsior for their excellent Merlot and finishing up in Bonnievale at Weltevrede for their delicious MCC – Entheos. It really is a tour down the Breede River and a great day out as everyone is so friendly and enthusiastic to show off their wines.
This year we also decided to include a few ‘exceptionals’ on to our list – wines that are a little different, for those who are feeling adventurous – starting with Springfield’s Wild Yeast Chardonnay (watch out for Candy Floss) also their Work of Time 2010 vintage blend (complex, Christmassy, fruity and spicy), the De Wetshof’s ‘Nature in Concert’ Pinot Noir (pure cherry delight) and Weltevrede’s Hard Rock Cabernet Sauvignon (dark salted chocolate). An old favourite we just did not want to lose from our list is the magnificent Silverthorn MCC Jewel Box, difficult to find but well worth the effort.
There are so many wine farms, producing such excellent wines it is really difficult to choose, but we think that we have chosen a good selection of some of the best wines available and hope that our guests will agree.