NEDERBURG’S THE WOOD DIARIES: A ‘SMOKY’ WINTER EXPERIENCE

A few weeks ago I was part of a small group that experienced an intimate late afternoon event at Nederburg in Paarl to learning about the intricacies and skill associated with not only the ageing of wine in oak, but also the blending of a number of wines matured using different types of oak and ageing techniques, into one beautifully balanced blend.  

HAND CRAFTED BOUTIQUE WINES

Beautiful Cabernet vines usher you to the wine-tasting area of this boutique winery situated on the foothill of the Simonsberg Mountains. In 2008 the Du Toit brothers Stephen and Retief developed a boutique vineyard on Le Present; making the “Deux Frères Wines” dream a reality. Le Present nestles on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Winelands District.

We traded the city lights for fireflies and the sound of beeping cars for crickets

Our home away from home was the luxurious L’Avenir Country Lodge (pronounced “love in here”). Nestled in the valley below Simonsberg Mountains, L’Avenir Country Lodge offers some of the best views of the Stellenbosch Winelands. [caption id="attachment_17146" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Reception Area[/caption]

Behold the changing leaves and enjoy the crisp breeze

Greeted by a kaleidoscope of colours and memories of harvest 2018, the “The De Meye Estate” is a remarkable family-owned boutique winery, situated in the lush Mulservlei area. [caption id="attachment_17016" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Entrance at De Meye Wines[/caption]   This unique little spot has been the home and farming ground to the Myburgh family for five generations. In the earlier years the family used to farm with cattle as the area was popular for cattle farms. The estate is named after the De Meye river in Holland, the birthplace of the first Myburgh, who came to farm in South Africa in 1665.

I was interview by Megan Badjies on 25th  MAY 2018 to get my opinion on millennials and their sipping preferences. "It’s hard to keep up with millennials and their trends. One minute they’re into black food, the next they’re all sipping on blue wine." Link below https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/food-drink/drink/how-wine-producers-are-keeping-up-with-the-millennials-15144063   Tell me what...

EAGLES NEST WINES

Eagles Nest was initially purchased by the Mylrea family in 1984. Unfortunately, the harmful fires of the year 2000 did extensive damage to the farm. It was later revived and varieties that are most suitable for the unique terroirs were planted. During the colonial period, there was a section of land along the Constantia mountain range, used as a refreshment station between Wynberg and Hout Bay. Currently the farm produces wines such as Shiraz, Merlot, Viognier and the Little Eagle Rose amongst others, which is a testament to the unique terroir and attention to detail.  

If you’ve read my “about me section”, you now know that I only started experiencing wine at the ripe age of 21-ish and I can think of many reason why I didn’t do so earlier, but that one that totally stands out, would be the...