Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Robertson Wine on the River

The wine farm stands inside the marquee
Tasting some MCC on the Weltevrede stand and talking to Elzette
A great warm welcome from Paul de Wet of Zandvliet
Not that you would have wanted to with the river rising after the heavy rains
We could not resist the food sold on the Zandvliet stand. John had the crisp battered yellowtail with onion rings and chips and Lynne the tenderest lamb chops cooked to perfection with a very good marinade, also with crisp onion rings and chips. Only R45 a serving.
The muddy entrance to the festival: Lots of us wore wellies
Heading for the Chardonnays of the valley tasting where they pair all the wines with food
A bit wet for a boat trip. Next year!
The tasting in full swing Lourens van der Westhuizen chats to Bernhard Hess of Mimosa Lodge in Montagu
Fanus Bruwer of Quando making some notes
These wines were on the Tropical flavour table

These wines are on the Complex flavours table. In front is a list of the food pairing

These wines were classified Creamy. We don’t always agree!
Two bubblies for tasting

Lourens talks us through the tasting
Some “wrapt” attendees
A good crowd attends the tasting for each session, which is completely free. 
You just need to book your place
These are the food pairings
Zandi Beetge, the chef who made them
Elegant style indeed
Clark Truter from Siris Vintners, who represent some of the farms
Ivan Oertle, Wine Selector for Woolworths, and his wife talking to Lourens
A boat trip begins for a few hardy souls
Fanus Bruwer of Quando
How we ended the day. Those wines all dwindled as it wore on towards evening
The rain pouring down and the Hess children really enjoying it
The clouds begin to part and the river is suddenly calm
Fida Hess from Mimosa Lodge in Montagu and friend
Fashionable footwear this year was... wellies
We are discussing the next festival – Hands on Harvest in February. See you there?
No-one really wants to go home
Photographs © John Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2012

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