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... cherry and perhaps some olive on the close.
4. Pinotage 2012 15%
Grapes from the mountain vineyards in Piekenierskloof for their intense flavours and character. Crushed and cold soaked for four days. Inoculated and intensely pumped over for four days before pressing. Malolactic in barrel and aged for 14 months.
Dark ruby. Med-high intensity. Quite hot on the nose with a touch of rubber but smoke and dark ...
... to more mountains thrusting into the blue sky. Up down and around through mountains, switchback after switchback we go for about four hours, with appropriate stops for photos and creature comforts.
We had lunch at Clarke of the Karoo - a perfect lunch of salad and cold meats, mead or water and time for some shopping in craft shops. From here a drive to some Port and Cheese tasting. Yum! I am a ...
... between people and animals.
Then we headed to a famous facility Groot Drakenstein Prison from where Nelson Mandela was released in 1990. Since the prison still operates they didnīt let us in without making an appointment in advance.
Vineyards visited in the afternoon:
- Boschendal. No wine tasting because it was already closed. We visited the Manor House (1812) belonging to the vineyard. The De Villiers bought the farm Boschendal ...
... admitted wine snob and aficionado, and had taken great pride in planning our two days in the Stellenbosch area. He first "got into" wine when he was studying in Cape Town and had already spent a lot of time in the area. That said, with dozens and dozens of wineries, he concentrated on setting up visits to vineyards where their product was not yet available in the United States and which were highly rated. While winery heavy, Stellenbosch does not have ...
... age, Salmon Roses, and Uramaki Yohohama Rainbow. Our meal ends with a pot of green tea and we head back to our tent, having just dined like kings. A most comical irony.
Tomorrow we return to La Petite Ferme. Today has been a top day and, although our memory of La Petite Ferme is pretty impressive, I’m not sure it will be able to top the experience we’ve just had. I just hope we’re not disappointed; I would hate to tarnish our previous memory. ...