Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lovely Lorraine and The Love of My Life


From Jason's Hill we made our way to Lorraine Private Cellar. The De Wets have been farming these lands since 1875, and current custodian Johan, pictured left, is rightly proud of his families long standing tradition of producing fine handcrafted wines. The farm can be found at the end of a long and winding dusty road, off the well trodden tourist tracts, but certainly worth the effort. The farm is steeped in history and the De Wets have gone a long way to preserve their heritage. Original concrete tanks, out buildings and a traditional brookie lace home all add to the charm and allure. Johan makes a handful of wines in his small cellar, each wine from the very best vineyard blocks, the balance going to the local co-op. My personal favorites were the 2007 Cape Harmony, Love of My Life Rose' and the Sauvignon Blanc 2009. The Cape Harmony is a 3 way blend of Pinotage, Cab and Merlot. It has only just been bottled, having spent 18 months in a mixture of French and American Oak. This wine will only get better, some bottle age will add to its complexity and should be at its peak in a couple of years. The Love of My Life is a 100% Pinotage Rose' that Johan made for his wife and should be popular with the ladies and a perfect match for sushi. The Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is a bold fruity wine with loads of zip and tang, this is a perfect match for any al fresco occasion.

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