Thursday, November 02, 2017

Durbanville celebrates Sauvignon blanc

Sunday saw us summoned to be at Diemersdal by 9.30am for the media briefing of the Season of Sauvignon, which actually had begun the previous day, Saturday. We managed it even after a rather hectic week and saw the tents and marquees with the food trucks setting up. The festival was different this year in that your Computicket pass was for just one farm, which you had to choose. If you wanted to move to another farm you would have to buy another ticket. This was your chance to experience one farm in depth. As media we were given special passes which enabled us to move from farm to farm so we could see what was happening
Thys Louw, winemaker of Diemersdal and chairman of the Durbanville Valley, chatting with Siobhan Thompson, CEO of WOSA
Here we could taste the Sauvignons Blanc from every farm involved in the festival, which was 12 out of the 18 in the valley
We loved the Diemersdal 2017 Sauvignon blanc
One of the farm horses was having such fun gambolling around the lake
Winnie Bowman CWM and her sister Lynne having fun with one of the tweeting signs
Standing under the trees tasting the wine, it was becoming a very hot day.
We all took advantage of any shade
They had organised a brunch for the media in the Farmhouse Eatery. This was the menu
When everyone had arrived, we all moved inside the restaurant
Clever piece of table decoration, many plants growing hydroponically
These are the canapés served. From Left to Right, the steamed hake topped with a sliver of raw scallop and strawberries, the vegetarian option - a slice of butternut with a pumpkin seed pesto and halloumi; the sliced of very tender lamb rib eye with a little dribble of bordelaise sauce and the very salty smoked duck with a Pinotage mousse. This was a portion for three people
Angela Fourie, who does the PR for the Durbanville Valley
Love those frog princes!
Thys tells us more about the festival and the wines
The restaurant manager tells us about the canapés
After Brunch, John took a walk around to see what Diemersdal had to offer
Food tents including Kitchen Cowboys
And some fussball!
A large marquee for those seeking shade
There was a band at one end
The farm's tasting room and the garden where the media were relaxing
Then it was time to move to another farm and we headed off to see what Klein Roosboom was doing
They too had a marquee with a band and we met a some of our readers, also enjoying the farm and its wine
Some food tents
and a lovely place to taste their wine was at this tiny table in the middle of the vines
The tiny grapes are surviving the drought and the heat. We hope they do produce good grapes this year
Next we ventured to Durbanville Hills, which is across the road from Klein Roosboom. They too had lots of food trucks set up in the parking areas and were very busy indeed. The car park had been moved to a nearby field and was almost full and they had arranged a shuttle to get visitors up to the main buildings
They had a marquee there as well
And up on the main lawns the festival was pumping, with good music and lots of happy people. The heat drove us into the cooler tasting room area where we met marketing manager Kate Jackson
Oh so enticing was the cold bubby. We loved the new Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc which has just been launched. It is nice and crisp and has a very attractive bottle too
And the white wines; we tasted both our favourite Durbanville Hills Sauvignons Blanc, the Rhinofields and the Vineyard Selection Biesjies Kraal
 The tasting station was busy
We had a lovely time chatting to an old friend, Cellar master Martin Moore and supping some of their Sauvignon Blanc upstairs in the restaurant . It was a lovely way to end a festival
As we left at about 3.30 the festival at Durbanville Hills was still pumping

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