Thursday, March 12, 2015

L'Avenir launches Pinotage Lounge

John had another wine tour in Durbanville on Thursday, so Lynne caught the bus which was laid on by L’Avenir to get to this lovely event which started on their lawn at sunset with MCC from Villiera and some canap├ęs. L’Avenir produced some of the very best Pinotage in South Africa and they have opened a lounge in the cellar with a vinoteque where you can taste the wines of the past and hold functions

John arrived just in time for the opening speech by the Chairman of L’Avenir owner Advini
A spectacular moonrise over the Stellenbosch mountains, reflected in the lake
We all go to inspect the new Pinotage Lounge
and sample barrel tastings in the barrel cellar...
...with winemaker Dirk Coetzee. We tasted the 2012 Pinotage
Using an implement known as a wine thief to remove wine from the barrel
There were two older pinotages for tasting in the lounge, a 2011 and a 2008. Both are really special wines, pinotage at its best. The older one was made by Francois Naude and the 2011 by Dirk Coetzee
The vinoteque
L'Avenir's first Winemaker Francois Naude and Winnie Bowman CWM
We all congregated outside the Cellar doors where wine and food were served
Kalinka Lombard, Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal and Winnie Bowman
Beetroot and feta cheese salad
We were invited to stay the night and gratefully accepted as John was very tired after his tour. This is our comfortable room
Early morning weavers take the air
Reading the papers with breakfast. There is a good spread to choose from
Some people chose to breakfast on the deck outside by the pool
Fresh eggs, bacon and tomatoes
A cheese and bacon omelette for John
John spotted a grey heron in the tree
The cellar door
The Vinoteque the next morning
The lounge without the crowds
Commemorative plaques from the central tasting table
Winemaking happening in the stainless steel tanks
A view of the lounge from the barrel cellar
Cockerels for the French heritage at the door of the tasting room and restaurant
Same sculptor, same sense of humour: A French Poodle and an SA Boerbul. Depicting the two nations who run L’Avenir
A crab apple tree filled with autumnal fruit
So pretty
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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