Thursday, June 20, 2019

Robertson Wine Valley's Wacky Wine Weekend 12. RiverGold, Le Roux & Fourie

We had been invited to a curry lunch at RiverGold farm which is right next to Arendsig but, sadly, on Sunday the only food on offer was some samoosas and Chilli bites.  The curry had been on offer the previous day
They were not expecting us, but we were given a warm welcome and could taste their wines in the impressive cellar
Owned by the Naidoo family from Durban, we met some of the family members
Mr and Mrs Naidoo on the tasting counter
The wines are made by Lourens van der Westhuizen. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is full of green notes, typical of Lourens's style. The 2016 Chenin is bready on the nose, very fruity and sweet with a good acid balance. The Chardonnay has a yeasty nose, and is full of flavour with nice peach with a citrus zing and a bitter grapefruit marmalade finish
The deck outside. The Merlot is green and minty on the nose, and rather agricultural in the old style. The Cabernet Sauvignon has nice cassis on the nose, and good ripe cassis fruit, very juicy. The Shiraz, with we have tasted before at Wine on the River, is perfumed, with plums and very quaffable juicy fruit
A locust in the garden
We went to collect our samoosas and chilli bites from the happy ladies in the kitchen
They have a restaurant and this is the interior
The outside of the restaurant
We sat in the garden and enjoyed the very crisp and flavourful samoosas and chilli bites with a glass of the Chenin blanc
Then it was time for our last call, a new producer for us but, apparently, they have been making wine for several years
It is on the road home to Cape Town and just beyond Rooiberg winery, near the limestone quarry, you will find Le Roux & Fourie
The tasting room is inside
And this very nice young man took us through the wines. He is passionate about wine and we hope he has a long career in it
They seem to hold on to vintages for quite a long time and the wines we tasted were from several vintages back
They also have a café
Which seems to do nice cakes and pies.  It was getting late and we finally got home at 6 pm on Sunday. What a full and busy weekend. We used up a lot of petrol getting to all the places in the two valleys and beyond. We had a nice fresh salad for supper and, of course, a bottle of Robertson wine to celebrate being home
Thank you to all of those who welcomed us warmly and gave us such excellent hospitality
The area is well known for it
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