Hermanus Food and Wine Festival 2011

August 19th, 2011 by karen

We spent 2 days at the festival which offered us the opportunity to taste through white wines on the first day and concentrate on reds the second.  However, with the number of estates represented, and each with a large range of wines I limited my tastings to the estates I was less familiar with or had not tasted in a while.

This unfortunately meant skipping past some long-term favourites that I get to visit with guests on wine tours such as Ataraxia, Bouchard Finlayson, Creation (though we did spend a large amount of time at their estate over the weekend), Gabrielskloof, Hamilton Russell, HPF, Iona, Jean Daneel and Sumaridge.

White highlights include (you may see a trend here 🙂 ):

  • A 2007 Domaine Des Dieux Claudia MCC blended from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with 36 months lees contact
  • Newly released medium bodied Barton Chenin Blanc 2011 with tropical fruit palate and pineapple on the finish
  • Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2010 grown on the pristinem fynbos rich mountainside in the Kogelberg Biospherea
  • Yes, another Chenin Blanc, this one, a 2010 Terroir Selection from Springfontein with a small amount of oaking
  • Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon Resonance blend from Newton Johnson offering purity of flavour with texture from oaked Semillon
  • Newcomer Rivendell Sauvignon Blanc 2011 will be released in October and reminded me of my comments on Seven Springs last year, currently made at Gabrielskloof cellar
  • Seven Springs Chardonnay 2010 was literally hand labelled the day before by Riana the winemaker.  She has performed miracles with this maiden vintage allowing the wine to express minerality, crisp citrus and a buttery finish

Red highlights include:

  • Boschrivier Shiraz who concentrate on their only wine, a 4 Star Platter one at that
  • From the garagiste Hornbill House I enjoyed the Naked Vine Collection Pinotage 2009 which admittedly still needs some time
  • Jakob’s Vineyards also only have a single on offer which is their well balanced Bordeaux Blend 2007 made by Marc from La Vierge
  • Dense, flavour packed Rhone blends of Syrah / Mouvedre from Domaine Des Dieux & Newton Johnson
  • Craig makes incredible red wines across the Elemental Bob and Spookfontein, meaning Ghost Fountain, ranges.  With Cabernet Franc on my radar I loved this 2008 vintage from Spookfontein and at R75 an absolute steal!  His Elemental Bob The Turkish, 2 barrels of 75% Barbera & 25% Gewurtztraminer was my “Most Unusual” find of the festival
  • The Spioenkop “1900” Pinotage 2010 is very complex yet elegant with a lingering aftertaste and good ageing potential




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