Thursday, November 02, 2017

Tasting and a sale at Vondeling; October Festival at Perdeberg

An enjoyable wine filled Saturday
We were invited to last Saturday’s Perdeberg Festival and then to Vondeling for their annual 3 hour wine sale, so we decided to combine these as they are just a few kilometres apart. We set off at 10am on a really lovely day
On arrival at Vondeling we could see they had been busy
Lynne chatting to Matthew Copeland, their talented winemaker
Matthew at the tasting table looking doubtful about this photo! We tasted some lovely wines and then bought five cases to see us through the summer. They had some older vintages of their excellent Babiana Chenin-based white blend and a selection of their other wines including an excellent, unlabelled white blend of Chenin, Chardonnay and Grenache blanc
At 12, we were invited to the farm's chapel, where we stood for a short silence in respect for the victims of the farm murders that have been happening; the local vicar said a short prayer
Then off down the road to Perdeberg cellars for their annual Wine Festival
Entry at the gate
Lots of food vans. It was now about 1pm, so John stood in this queue and had a good hamburger. Lynne bought some fish and chips, which was rather disappointing, for R60. A piece of deep fried I&J battered hake with a few potato crisps.. She finished John's (rather too slap) chips
Seats outside with any shade were hard to find, so we came upstairs where they had tables with staff offering tastings of the wines
One of the winemakers pouring some of their lovely red wines. Marketing manager Johan van Dyk was everywhere that day, overseeing a very successful festival. We learned that the Pinotage and Biltong Festival - usually held after harvest may be held next year at Perdeberg
Lots of marquees and umbrellas, but they did need a few more as it was becoming very hot indeed. Before we left, we bought some more wine for our summer entertaining. The prices were very good indeed, they had discounted them for the festival. We just had to buy some of the award winning Dry Land Sauvignon Blanc, a case of the wooded and one of the unwooded. We also bought a case of their excellent Rooted Chardonnay

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