Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Robertson Wine Valley's Wacky Wine Weekend 1. Tanagra

Our hosted accommodation was at Tanagra Wine Farm in McGregor, which was taking part in the festival with its wines, grappa and Eau de Vie. We were warmly welcomed by the owners, Anette and Robert Rosenbach, and taken to The Garden Cottage where we were to stay, which was very comfortable and is perfect for self catering. They have some interesting accommodation, some on the farm and also their Faraway and Hillside Cottages away from the farm, which are magnificent. Check out their website:
A small kitchen as you enter then the large living/bedroom with a wood burning fire, essential for the very cold nights at this time of year. We saw temperatures drop to 7 degrees at night, but daytime temperatures are much more pleasant and on Friday and Sunday we had 25 degrees and full sunshine. There is also a commodious bathroom with a walk-in shower and plenty of hot water
The kitchen has a hob, and a microwave and is fully supplied with all cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery. And it has its own terrace with braai facilities and loungers. Sadly we didn’t have any time to use these, as we were always rushing off to another farm on our busy schedule, organised for us by Beatrix Galloway, Wine Route Manager at Robertson Wine Valley
We were gifted this bottle of the 2015 Tanagra Cabernet Franc which is our Wine of the Week
These are their other wines with the farm price list. The wines are made by Lourens van der Westhuizen, 
The tasting room was moved for the weekend. Tanagra is a lovely farm. As they say on their website: "Tanagra is a treasure waiting for you, come and find it." It is a Birder Friendly farm and we saw many, many different species and they have many walking, hiking and mountain biking trails. They also have access into the nearby Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve with longer bird-walks and mountain trails.
Robert Rosenbach is the distiller of the spirits and they brought a German 200 litre still with them from Germany when they came to live here. It is a combined pot still (copper) and column still (stainless steel). This combination allows him to distil in a single process, resulting in a purer yield
The Grappas and Eau de Vies are very impressive, and you can taste them all
Arriving to see the tasting room with Anette. Robert is behind the temporary tasting counter in the cellar
Some happy visitors enjoying the day
And sampling the wares
What to taste first?
Thank you both Anette and Robert for a very comfortable stay;
we hope to return one day soon to see you both - and your dogs and cats
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