Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wine tasting at Annandale with Hempies du Toit

Annandale has more character in its gate post than some of the large modern wineries will ever have. And it has another attraction, the warmth of its owner - Hempies du Toit, legendary Springbok front row forward and sixth generation winemaker
Here he comes to greet us with his warm, friendly welcome
The farmyard is full of old and new winemaking equipment, and the buildings have an aged charm. Hempies adores his horses and his much loved pregnant mare comes trotting at his call.
She looks as though she is having fun
Inside the very rustic tasting room, filled with Springbok rugby memorabilia, we tasted through their extremely good range of red wines and port with a large tour group of young people from all over the world. Hempies keeps his wine back, so you can enjoy wines that are properly aged and ready to drink. Current vintage on sale is 2004
This wine is going to Australia and Hempies signed both bottles
Magic in the cellar in front of a roaring fire
When the sun comes out you see more of the charm
 © John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013
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