In Franschhoek, day 3

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So, my third day in the paradise that is the Franschhoek valley. I began at La Bri, with Irene Waller (above), who has been making wine here for a while. It’s a lovely spot, and the wines are really good. Viognier impressed, as did the superb 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Release. There’s a lovely freshness to her wines.

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It was another gorgeous day. Irene also showed me her debut MCC, which is pretty serious.

 

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Then it was off to see DP Burger at Glenwood. DP has been here for 25 years, man and boy, and planted the vines here originally – it was his first job out of Elsenberg.

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Chardonnay is his thing, and the wines here are rich, generous, but balanced.

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He took me up to the top of the hill. It was a scary ride, and very bumpy, but the views were worth it.

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Then, in the evening, we had a technical tasting with around 20 winemakers. I had chosen the wines – 16 of them – a mixture of local and international, around the theme Rhone -style Syrah. It was a super-interesting tasting, helped by the fact we did it blind. DP cooked some snook that he’d caught over the weekend. The night went on, and it ended up a 3 am special at a pub in town.

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1 comment to In Franschhoek, day 3

  • Geoff Bolton

    Jamie, i enjoy your blogs but please can you avoid the use of ‘So’ at the start of paragraphs. It’s not needed.

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