A few weeks ago I went on a wine tasting road trip with Nico of ‘Wine-Spit’. He will pick guests up at their accommodation establishment. For bookings contact him at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 079 4043 974 ,but I will gladly make arrangements for you.I loved the fact that Nico took us right into the vineyards to explain about cultivar and terroir, before the official wine tasting. And of course , the advantage of having a tour guide is that we did not have to ‘wine-spit’ all the time!
The first stop is Herold Wines .
My favourite is a white that turned out pink by accident and was duly named:
♦ Dry, fresh acidity of 42% Sauvignon blanc, strawberry cream tartlet & vanilla undertones from wood fermented 26%
Chardonnay and 32% Pinot noir. An unusual and exciting blend.
♦ Alcohol 13%
♦Total acidity 6.8g/liter; pH 3.27
♦ Total production 2400 bottles
♦ John Platter 31/2*
Appropriately the next stop was Karusa Wines. But not only do they make wine – Karusa is the first and only full grain Micro Craft Brewery in the Klein Karoo. Using locally grown hops (from Waboomskraal), malted barley from Caledon and the sweet water from the great Swartberg, Karusa produces complex aromatic styled ale. The climate of Oudtshoorn lends itself to the crisp refreshing style of ale produced at Karusa.
After lunch we had one more wine farm on the list. Just outside Oudtshoorn, on the road from Calitzdorp, lies the vineyards of Sandkoppies, home of Grundheim Wines. Here six generations of the Grundling family have been farming for over a century. Renowned for its witblits made in a traditional brandy still, Grundheim launched its maiden potstill brandy in 2002. Grundheim’s family recipes have ensured that their homemade liqueurs and witblits preserves have walked away with numerous awards. I bought a number of bottles of delicious white Jerepico – in summer I serve this on crushed ice, garnished with a sprig of lemon zest.
And then for dessert!
At La Chocolaterie Rococo we were treated to a chocolate appreciation class. And then of course we had to buy some chocolates and pralines to take home : each piece of sensual decadence made from the freshest ingredients and finest imported raw-materials from Belgium.