While at Kronendal Farm I had the chance to sample a few of the other wines produced by some of the members of the Durbanville Boutique Wine Association. As most of the producers are small garagiste type producers it makes sense to have the chance to taste these wines at one venue. Please be sure to phone Magdeleen of Kronendal and let her know what wines you are interested in and she will make the necessary arrangements.
From the fairly long line up of wines I chose the following: Klein Roseboom Sauvignon Blanc 08, Da Vallei the full range, Hermit on the Hill Pinot Noir and Syrah, Galleon Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The stand out wines for me were the Klein Roseboom Sauvignon Blanc, the Pinot Noir and the Galleon Chardonnay. Each of these wines are made in small quantities and are difficult to come by but worth the effort.
On Friday 5th September the Durbanville Boutique Wines Association will be holding its annual tasting event at Eureka Farm in Durbanville. This is an event not to be missed, and one that I will be attending. Have a look at their web site fore details: http://www.durbanvilleboutiquewine.co.za/
With spring just around the corner wine festivals are a plenty. Be sure not to miss the McGregor Wine Festival. This must be the smallest wine festival on the calender but certainly one of the best. Very intimate and sociable. Only 12 producers from the region, meaning you don't have to rush and you can chat, talk, taste, sip and eat your way at your own leisurely pace. Look out for the wines of John Hargreaves, his tiny label, Rusty Red is a real treat. John makes his wine in the heart of the village from his garage in true garagiste fashion.