I have just discovered my ideal location to taste wine – this lightbulb moment happened at this year’s Wine on the River in Robertson.
This annual event is held on the banks of the Breede River on Goudmyn Farm. This year’s event offered wines from 31 Robertson Wine Valley wineries and also local ‘country’ cuisine and great music.
The farm’s green lawns next to the river are an idyllic spot to relax and enjoy and the comfortable scale of Wine on the River makes this pleasure possible for every visitor.
I have long enjoyed the wines of the area, their quality is ever improving but at the same times have managed to remain comfortably priced. A special privilege at the event is a tutored wine tasting with a local winemaker focusing on a specific cultivar of the Valley.
We attended three of these: a tasting of MCCs, Chardonnays and one of Cabernet Sauvignons. Each offered a range that displayed the variety available from the Valley.
Our MCC tasting was led by Phillip Jonker (of Weltevrede); Chardonnay by Johann de Wet (of De Wetshof Estate – what else!); and the Cabernet Sauvignon by Peter de Wet (of Excelsior Estate). Informative and entertaining and eloquent. All that was missing from the speaker line-up was a Bruwer…..
We tasted 22 wines in all, and each had something special to offer. Two in particular appealed to my palate:
The Villion Blanc de Blanc MCC 2009 from Viljoensdrift which had a delightful whiff of Marie biscuits and lovely fruit and honey flavour.
Also doing nice things to my taste buds was the Evanthius Cabernet Sauvignon 2012from Excelsior Estate. Dark red and full-bodied with a dark berries and chocolate nose, it drank beautifully and had a lovely long finish too.
Back to the setting, we sat in a tent, with a gorgeous view, tasting lovely wines, eating local food and enjoying stimulating company, all that was missing was a hammock. Wish every wine tasting could be this serene.
If there is such a thing as a Breede smile, I certainly couldn’t wipe mine off afterwards.
See you next year!