Olive Oil, Lavender and Wine: Are We in Provence?

My recommendation to wine lovers who haven’t been yet to Capetown: make plans ASAP!

The dollar is strong against the rand- I’ve overheard people in our group “complaining” that they can’t spend enough money. Everything seems real inexpensive- great meals for under $15, superb wines for about $10 bucks and less…I could go on and on.

Today we visited 2 wineries that also specialize in olive oil, wine and gardens.  Babylonstoren has a beautiful setting (all of the wineries we’ve visited so far also have a great view), gardens and dynamite wines.We tasted their chenin blanc ‘15 (that’s this

Garden at Babylonstoren

Garden at Babylonstoren

year!), a light, crisp dry fruit driven wine; the mourvèdre rosé ‘15 with unusual complexity due to some oak aging; the shiraz ’13, with a smooth fruit forward dimension of cherry, cassis and violets; the chardonnay ’13, a dead-ringer for a Burgundy with some oak aging and a delectable creaminess; the Nebukadnesar ’12, a bordeaux blend of cab, cab franc,merlot,malbec and petit verdot. We also had a visit to their state-of-the-art frantoia and tasted  delicious olive oils.

We then headed to Fairview, famous for its Goat Do Roam low-end wine which we did not taste. We had another alfresco lunch accompanied by a crisp sauvignon blanc with the

Fairview's goat tower

Fairview’s goat tower

appetizer and a complex cabernet with the beef main course and their high end, 5 star rated Nurok, a blend of chenin blanc, roussane, viognier and grenache blanc. We then had a great wine and cheese tasting conducted by their young female winemaker, Stephanie Wiid. Look at this lineup: Fairview Brut ’13 (viognier, grenache blanc and grenache) accompanied by chevin goat’s cheese; the sauvignon blanc ’14 from Darling that’s dry farmed, with the goat’s milk camembert; the ’15 sauvignon blanc tank sample; chenin blanc ’14 again from the Darling area; the Caldera ’12 (mourvédre, grenache, syrah) with traditional camembert; the petite syrah ’12 (a cross between syrah and peloursin) with crottin-goat’s milk; Beacon Shiraz ’12 from the Swarthland, with traditional brie; the Jakkalsfontein shiraz ’12 from bush vines; and their top wine, the Cyril Back ’12, 100% syrah with goat’s milk chèvre roue.

On the way to our beautiful Vineyard Hotel, we stopped at a grapperia for a tasting of grappas. Are we masochists, or what? 17 wines today + grappa.

Another gorgeous Capetown setting

Another gorgeous Capetown setting

olive harvest

olive harvest

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