Rietvallei Harvest Day Tweetup

March 1st, 2011 by karen

Dusan Jelic, the social media guru and much more for wine.co.za, organised a hugely successful “tweetup” at Rietvallei (www.rietvallei.co.za) in Robertson over their Hands on Harvest Festival 26th and 27th February 2011

We were collected in CT for an early morning start and drove out to Robertson arriving at the family owned, Rietvallei Wine Estate, about 8:30.  Our Twitter friends were there en masse,  and we were also joined by many others just as eager to get into the harvest spirit (though none too keen on the music gees:)).  We spent some time picking ripe Muscadel grapes (this estate has the oldest Muscadel vines in the country – 1908 bush vines), and tasting the fruits of our labour, whilst lapping up the beauty of the area – really breathtaking!

After some must tastings and plenty of grape stomping the sixth generation winemaker, Kobus Buger, ably assisted by their Marketing Manager Colyn Truter, walked us through an amazing line up of Rietvallei wines. As recently as 1981 a new wine cellar with cold fermentation capabilities was built and in 1987 the first estate white wine was released with the estate now planted with 75% noble white cultivars.  We were treated to older and latest vintages of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay (all from their Special Select Range) with the oldies winning hands down!  Always impressed how beautifully some of our well made whites can age!

We also got to taste some older and latest vintages of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon (2004 a stand out). Their red wine making is conducted in open fermenting tanks. For colour and flavour extraction the cap is wetted every few hours by pushing it down into the must by hand during fermentation, the traditional method but possibly still the most effective.  Their flagship wine, Esteanna, is named after Kobus’ two daughters, and boy has he done them proud.  This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is pure finesse, showing mellow complexity and where Kobus intends to take the brand in the future.

We spent several hours thereafter on the sprawling lawns in the shade of trees enjoying the most phenomenal and generous picnic, wines and company.

Thank you to all involved for an incredible day.  In the words of Dusan “memories were made”!

One Response to «Rietvallei Harvest Day Tweetup»

  1. March 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm, Colyn Truter said:

    It was awesome having you there and we do hope to see you soon!!! Thanks for all the kind words…

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