Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Pinotage and Biltong Festival at L'Avenir, Stellenbosch

This annual festival was held on the grass at L' Avenir last weekend. It is a chance to taste some Cape Pinotages and lots of biltong. The days are still quite hot, so the wine farms were also encouraged to bring a chilled white wine or a rosé so there would be something for every taste. It was good value at R200 a ticket. This festival will be held in Gauteng on the 14th and 15th of October this year at the Leriba Hotel, Centurion. Tickets will cost R250
Despite the confusing sign it was Pinotage not Pinot Noir
The ticket queue
How it works: You were given this card with the list of the Pinotages you can taste. They tick them off as you taste them. Every wine is paired with biltongs from two suppliers: Boschendal with their Black Angus Beef Biltong and Dad's Choice, so you got to taste each biltong twice. You were given a very small bamboo tray that took 3 or 4 pieces of biltong. There was quite a selection of different biltong - some delicious and some rather weird. If we never taste chicken or bacon biltong again we will not mind. All other wines on the stands could be tasted without ticking a card
L' Avenir's tasting room, with outdoor seating
They had a cheese board on offer for R100
On the Lanzerac stand, Zelda Furstenburg and her colleague. Lynne enjoyed their Rosé
Knorhoek had an interesting Pinotage, which John liked
Nice moist Lemon Pepper Biltong from Boschendal. They were generous with their portions
Lots of places to sit and thankfully as it was a hot day, lots and lots of umbrellas giving shade
Mellasat showed their white Pinotage. We like the new packaging
Stellenbosch Vineyards had a very enjoyable bubbly, their rich and nutty Infinity Brut MCC made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier on sale at a very special price
Now that's fast food
There were some food stalls
We had Boerewors rolls from Boschendal which has the meat steeped in Pinotage. Good flavour but, sadly, they were a bit overcooked and dry
Great views of the lake and the Simonsberg
The band was great and played music to bop to all day
Our celebrity shot! Two members of the media we see often: Sue-Ann Allen, (Masterchef SA 2012 runner up) and Broadcaster John Meinking of #Hashtag Radio
A very important, award winning Stellenbosch winemaker visiting the festival gave Lynne a tip, "Go and taste the Wellington Wines". He was so right, they are doing some really good things to taste, leading with two good Pinotages
Chilling under the oaks
Still lush vineyards
Altydgedacht with their Pinotage delighted us
More enjoyment. It’s a very chilled festival
Where next?
Asking questions about the Paradyskloof wine
Leipzig pouring wine
It’s a Platter 4 star
The L' Avenir wine cellar
Girls having fun with Vriesenhof’s Paradyskloof Unwooded Chardonnay
We ended the day chatting with L' Avenir winemaker Dirk Coetzee. Now that Ad Vini, who own L' Avenir, have bought Le Bonheur wine farm and a share of Forrester Vineyards, Dirk is going to be very busy. Everyone was talking about his Pinotage rosé, just bottled and we were very impressed. It still has to be labelled, but will be available very soon. But the wine that blew our socks off was his Glen Rosé which is our Wine of the Week. Sadly, this is currently sold out off the farm but might be on good restaurant wine lists or in some of the wine retailers. The new vintage is on the way

The afternoon draws to a close with happy people still relaxing on the lawn
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