JohanNieuwenhuys

May 142010
 

Nearly 20 members joined us for a weekend away in gorgeously rural Swellendam. The venue gave us the opportunity to visit some unusual areas like Joubert-Tradouw winery on the R62 and some of the lesser know, but very value-for-money options like Ashton Cellar and Montagu Cellar. A real treat was our tasting at Bushmanspad and everyone loved the new tasting room at Excelsior. We were spoiled rotten at our guest houses with Augusta de Mist coming out tops!

Click on Gallery to see some of the pics from Swellendam.

Apr 062010
 

Nearly 40 wine lovers descended on the small, quaint town of McGregor from 14-16 May for a weekend of wine tasting, gourmet food and just “kuiering”!. After a cosy evening tasting by two garagiste winemakers and wonderful food prepared by the team from McGregor Country Cottages, the group was off for an early night in preparation for the next day’s arduous tastings. Three wineries were visited on Saturday morning with Kings River, Tanagra and McGregor Cellar all showing off their wares. After relaxing for the afternoon and a great win by the Stormers, all arrived at Lord’s guest house for which was undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend! The tasting of Lord’s Wines and those of Kranskop, professionally presented by winemaker Newald Fourie, was a huge hit with stock selling out on the night.

Sunday morning dawned clear and sunny and after a substantial breakfast, it was time to make our leisurely way back to Cape Town.

The next weekend-away is planned in September for the Elgin region.

Click on Gallery to see some of the pics from McGregor.

Mar 172010
 

Making wine in the country of the Silver Fern is a challenge that makes life very interesting for Hennie Bosman, a local businessman turned winery owner in New Zealand, after emigrating with his family in 2004.

Hennie is visiting South Africa this week and 3 of his Sandihurst wines will be tasted with comparative South African examples in a special event arranged by Wine Clubs SA on Friday, 26 March from 18h30.

Hennie will share his insights about winemaking in South Africa versus that of New Zealand during the event.

Obvious climactic differences and an adventurous approach have led to interesting experiments at Sandihurst, like covering the vineyard with broken glass to enable more light and warmth onto the grapes. This project was undertaken with the Christchurch University a few years ago and the first wines released after this project was started form part of the tasting.

Limited seats are still available at TheOnly1 Restaurant on the Bottelary Road where Hennie will show his Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Paul Cluver (Pinot Noir & Riesling), De Grendel (Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris), Villiera (Riesling) and Anthonij Rupert Wines (Pinot Gris) will be represented with their wines by their respective wine-makers and cellar masters, ie. Andries Burger, Charles Hopkins, Jeff Grier and Neil Patterson.

Tickets are available at R200 per person, which includes dinner consisting of canapés, a main course of five spice scented pork belly with an apple and thyme stuffing set on roasted garlic and herb pureed potato, sautéed seasonal vegetables with a bourbon jus, followed by petit dark chocolate macadamia nut springroll served with coffee.

Contact Björn van Oort at bjorn@wineclubssa.co.za or 084-5111-806 for more info or to book your seats.