Thursday, September 12, 2013

Franschhoek Uncorked: A taste of wine at Stony Brook

The spacious tasting room
The lovely Christna van Zyl, who runs the tasting room, the office and the marketing, really looked after us
Some of the range of wines which we tasted. 
We really liked the 2007 Lyle MCC which has a rich apple and pastry nose just like the tart tatin Lynne had for dinner the previous night . Very well priced at R125 a bottle from the farm. It is crisp and dry, lean and delicious. The Pinot is shy and only shows right at the end as fresh strawberries
Of extra special note is the Ghost Gum Bordeaux style white blend. 60% Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin with 40% Franschhoek Semillon in second fill oak. Wafts of vanilla and good bitter caramel hover over long flavours of the buttery citrusy grapes. R95.  Could drink lots of this
The J  2011 is a blend of  36% Semillon, 34% Viognier & 30% Sauvignon Blanc and has the perfume of fresh ripe white peaches on top of lively clean crisp flavours R75. Great for spicy Asian food
The Max 2009 a Bordeaux Blend with some Petit Verdot and Malbec smells like an almond cherry dessert with honey and a bit of licorice. It has very good sweet cherries and chocolate and its chalky tannins mean it will last. R95
The 2010 Syrah Reserve is a big wine and has expensive wood notes as 100% new French oak is used. Incense, pepper, spice on the nose. Good fruit and, savoury white pepper, and  chalky tannins add to the elegance.  Needs a lot of time to settle down. R190
SMV 2009 Shiraz & Viognier were co-fermented then the Mourvedre was added later.  It is very spicy and interesting but still opening up.  It tastes of a fruit salad of Raspberries, rhubarb and red cherries. R90
The courtyard in front of the tasting room. The oak trees were being trimmed because several had been damaged by the recent storms (800+mm of rain in August!) and were threatening the buildings
The farm's famous ghost gum tree, which is their logo
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013
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