SOUTHERN RIGHT Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.southernright.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 (Tasting Room closed) Wines: 4.5/5 The Hamilton Russell dynasty does things in pairs. Hamilton Russell vineyards grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and produce 2 single variety Estate wines only. Ashbourne Wines, that border the Hamilton Russell property to the East and founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell … Continue reading Good Things Come in Twos – at Southern Right too!
SUMARIDGE ESTATE WINES Friday 12 May 2017 http://www.sumaridge.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The ocean was clearly visible 8 kilometres away from the elegant teal Tasting and Dining Room at Sumaridge wine estate. Whilst the glowing fire brought welcome warmth from the stiff, chill breeze outside, I needed no reminder that the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is famed … Continue reading British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge
LA VIERGE PRIVATE CELLAR Friday 12 May 2017 https://lavierge.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 The La Vierge Private Cellar is a lot of fun. Set on a rising bend off the R320 between Hermanus and Caledon in the attractive Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the approach to the large, open Tasting Room and Restaurant is via a raised walkway … Continue reading Virgin Whites Led Me into the Last Temptation
ATARAXIA WINES Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.ataraxiawines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The Ataraxia vineyard sits high up in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The distinctive wine lounge, built to look like a white chapel in the vernacular architectural style of the Overberg, sits high too. Its elevated position beneath the Babylonstoren mountain range makes for a spectacular … Continue reading Serenity without Worry or Preoccupation in the Chapel
CREATION WINES Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.creationwines.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3/5 The words ‘wine’, ‘creation’, ‘heaven’ and ‘earth’ seamlessly blended together into a complete sentence as I made my way from tastings at Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson to the top of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Afrikaans for ‘Heaven and Earth’) valley above Walker Bay. Creation Wines … Continue reading Heaven and Earth Create a Costly Pairing
BOUCHARD FINLAYSON VINEYARD Saturday 6 May 2017 https://www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 It took less than 5 minutes for the kilometre hop from Hamilton Russell to Bouchard Finlayson. Cape Town, my start point for the day to explore wines of the Hermanus region, was over an hour and 120 kilometres away. I was pleased for … Continue reading Heaven Meets Earth at Bouchard Finlayson
HAMILTON RUSSELL VINEYARDS Saturday 6 May 2017 http://www.hamiltonrussellvineyards.com/ http://www.ashbournewines.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 The Hamilton Russell brand evokes quality wines of award-winning excellence. A glance at the Platter’s Guide shows 5/4½ stars for their 2 wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the grape varietals for which the vineyard is renowned. I wanted to see and taste for myself. I had … Continue reading Two Dam Good!