Wellington Harvest Festival 2011

March 23rd, 2011 by karen

Beautiful view of Wellington

This was my first experience of the Wellington Harvest Festival and I was more than pleasantly surprised!  In fact, it reminded me of the Wacky Wine Weekend experience from several years ago before the arrival of “the masses” over the past few years.  This quaint Boland town was named 2010 SA Terroir Top Wine Area and celebrated the bounty of the harvest at their 5th Wine Harvest Festival.

Our agenda was a fairly relaxed one, in fact we only made it to one estate on the Saturday, having gotten totally caught up in a long lunch at Klein Optenhorst with their delicious pink bubbles!  The only one from Wellington I hear! And made by Bubbles Ferreira, how can you go wrong:)

Klein Optenhorst Pinot Noir & MCC

It was great to spend some time with Jane Eedes in the comfort of her “home” where we enjoyed a Mediterranean-style feast for lunch in one of the most beautiful gardens in Wellington.  Time was whiled away in the gardens and meandering through the exhibition of art and ceramics

Through the looking glass

Klein Optenhorst opulent gardens

Sunday was a taste tester of note.  Kicking off with fresh palates we met the lovely Corlea Fourie, the skilful winemaker at Bosman Family Vineyards (www.bosmanwines.com), who aided us through a tasting of their wines.  I was intrigued by their complex 30 Grape Varietal Rose, and fell in love with both the exceptional Adama white and red blends, and their barrel fermented Optenhorst Chenin Blanc.  I eagerly await my trip back their in a couple of months to see their Vine Nursery

Corlea Fourie discussing Bosman Cabernet Sauvignon

With this being the only weekend which the Mischa Estate (www.mischaestate.com) is open for tasting, and never having tried either their Mishca or Eventide wines before, we popped in here en route to Doolhof (www.doolhof.com).  I loved the look and feel of Doolhof with The Grand Dedale Country House being exactly that – GRAND!  What a pity to miss out on the special gourmet dinner hosted there – next time hopefully!

Grand Dedale Country House

I have some friends who name Doolhof as their favourite wine and overall I think their wines were lovely and great value for money.  With three ranges on offer (The Legends of the Labyrinth, The Signature and The Cape Series) it took us quite some time to taste through them.  My favourites were the creamy, oak matured Chardonnay and their gloriously balanced Petit Verdot

Onward and upward to James Mckenzie who personally walked us through his Nabygelegen gems (www.nabygelegen.co.za).  Rarely do I taste a range of wines of which every one is an absolute winner but that was what I felt about these wines!  Literally, from the first sip of green apple and flint Sauvignon Blanc, followed by the Lady Anna Blend, onto the gorgeously complex and concentrated flavours of the Chenin Blanc, the big Scaramanga (with an interesting blending of Tempranillo), the elegant and unfiltered Merlot, concluding with the Seventeen Twelve – sigh, to be back there again!

Scaramanga at Nabygelegen

Our final stop was at Val du Charron for a late tapas lunch and a tasting of Andreas (www.andreas.co.za).  With the reputation and knowledge of the Shiraz in mind we were not disappointed.  In fact, we were delighted to get to taste a Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend as well.  We even managed to find some space in our boot for a final purchase of a few bottles:)

After a very successful weekend we departed Wellington under a gorgeous sunset and with certain intent to return again in the near future!

Gorgeous sunset on departure

2 Responses to «Wellington Harvest Festival 2011»

  1. July 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm, KGB Wine » KGB Wine Club hosts Nabygelegen said:

    […] first time I came across Nabygelegen was during the Wellington Harvest Festival this year.  I was really impressed by James Mckenzie for several reasons.  The first reason was […]

  2. August 23, 2011 at 10:38 am, KGB Wine » Bosman Family Vineyards & Lelienfontein Vinegrowers said:

    […] the tasting with winemaker, Corlea Fourie, at Bosman Family Vineyards over the Wellington Festival earlier this year she invited me to go back in winter to learn about their vine nursery.  What an […]

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