Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Durbanville Season of Sauvignon

Colyn Truter talking to Lynne while she tweets about the new Bloemendal label, Waterlily. A crisp entry level 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, a juicy 2013 shiraz rosé and two quaffable 2011 reds made from Merlot and Shiraz. Everyone was wearing pink on Sunday, must have been the sun shining that inspired us.
Nice, thin and crisp French fries were on offer
Herb encrusted Patagonian squid strips, moist on the inside, crisp on the outside and perfectly cooked. Very enjoyable for a light lunch.
John had a huge hamburger, topped with ham and avocado
There were good sized Boerewors rolls
Chicken topped with pineapple and grilled brie cheese
The very helpful chefs and serving staff
The food was served under the permanent marquee behind the restaurant. A lovely venue for weddings and larger functions in the good weather. There are koi ponds down both sides of the marquee
On this wonderful sunny spring day, people sat outside on the lawn to eat while the children played on the jumping castle, climbing frame and other attractions
Maryna Strachan, editor of Wine Extra, was also out enjoying the festival with her children and friends

Every farm had the Sauvignons Blanc from the other 10 Durbanville farms available for tasting. You can't possibly get to all of them in one day, so it is a very good opportunity to taste the wines from the farms you will not be visiting. As usual, the quality of all these wines is exceptional.
The view as you arrive at Altydgedacht - beautiful cattle with calves in verdant spring flower meadows
Everyone enjoying the party with the Sauvignon and other wines, food for sale and good music.
Welcome sign
Executive chef Nick van Wyk of Diemersdal, talking to his chefs at the end of a busy service.
Marquees for tasting Sauvignon, slush puppies and food
Inside the main marquee there was entertainment, competitions and people still eating and having fun. This is a very family oriented festival
One of the play areas for children
How nice to be sunbathing at last
We had time for a small tasting of the Sauvignon
This was one of the recycling skips; you can see it was a successful festival.
An indigenous iris with a bee on its runway
Very reasonably priced food on offer

© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013

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