Saturday, January 24, 2015

A day in Franschhoek - 1 Chamonix

Onward to Franschhoek
John has a booking for a large tour party in February, who will start their tour in Franschhoek and we wanted to recce some of the places he will be taking them

The first is Chamonix, where we were delighted to find winemaker Gottfried Mocke, who gave us a tour of the wine cellar and a tasting of his 2014 Chardonnay, made in an oxidised style in one of his ceramic egg fermenters, two delicious Cabernet Francs - one matured in barriques and one in a large vat - and a classic Pinotage, all from the tanks, where they await bottling in the next few days. We suspect there may be some winners in that group. They were all 2013. They begin harvest in a few days

Gottfried taking a sample of the Cabernet Franc from the tank
Talking about the wine
The underground cellar at Chamonix where they store the barrels. These empty barrels are waiting for this year’s wine
Older vintages resting in the library cellar
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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