Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shiraz and Charcuterie at Hartenberg

South African Shiraz is going through a fantastic period of growth and massive improvement. And it is being recognised here and abroad. So we love being invited to taste a great selection of them. Hartenberg hold this festival once a year and they invite local farms to showcase their impressive Shiraz. The rain of the week stopped, the sky cleared and the sun shone all afternoon as we and many other Shiraz fans milled around the terrace tasting Shiraz under the pergola and in front of the wine cellar. There were several stands selling charcuterie, good bread and some cheese as well so there was plenty of choice for lunch or something great to take home.
Gunter Schulz and Thelma du Plooy of Kleinood/Tamboerskloof
Dawie Botha of Anthonie Rupert Wines discusses his Shiraz
Steven and Kaylene Jeffery of The Charcuterie making superb sandwiches and charcuterie platters
Bee on Avocado, a study in nature!
Rust en Vrede and their second label Guardian Peak shiraz were very popular with tasters and with us
The slimmed down versions of Hennie Coetzee and Maggie Mostert, of Batonage having fun
Nils Verburg with his Luddite 2009 Shiraz ,which was incredibly popular. People kept coming back for more so Nils got through lots of bottles. Guys, you are just supposed to taste..... Some people were charging for full glasses of their wine, we think this is a good idea
Luddite empties
Nils Verburg and Andrea Mullineux
Michelle van Eeden, with Thelema and Sutherland Shiraz. Not to be confused with the Old Mutual Trophy winning Shiraz, grown in Sutherland. Someone is going to have to sort this name confusion out
Musicians kept us entertained all afternoon
Sue Baker's daughter at Wild Peacock's table with a selection of their delights
Neil Jewell and Linda Coltart, on the Bread & Wine stand
Hartenberg Shiraz range, so much variety, and some lovely flavours
Hartenberg winemakers Tamsin (Tammy) Jaftha and Patrick Ngumane
A lovely day for good Shiraz and relaxing under the trees
Ghenwa & Geza Steingaszner of Ghenwa's Lebanese Cooking Club, were serving lots of Lebanese food for lunch
Sommelier Xolani Mancotywa, recently returned from Dubai, having fun at the festival and reconnecting with lots of friends after coming third in the World Junior Sommelier Competition
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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