Dieu Donné Vineyards

 – ONE OF THE BEST VIEWS YOU’LL FIND!

This farm definitely has one of the best views of the Franschhoek Valley, half way up the mountain and looking down over the paddocks and vineyards – Stunning!  We actually caught a perfect sunset there the other night when we attended a Pink Lady Apple function at Roca Restaurant which is on the farm.

The Dieu Donné wines are very good and surprisingly reasonable considering they are Franschhoek vineyards.  The tasting room has a bunch of tables on the lawn in front where you can enjoy your wines while taking in the surrounding beauty.  Not the best tasting room service, but perhaps they are looking to create a more relax atmosphere.  
You can choose four different wines to taste at R15 and must go inside to the wine counter to collect your wines.  The TRH ladies weren’t too clued up, their knowledge extended as far as the tasting notes on the wine list, not usually what you expect in Franschhoek, but nonetheless, not too much can bother you when you have good company, lovely wine and another beautiful day in Africa!

If you are visiting Franschhoek remember to check out the Wine Tram – http://winetram.co.za/– Dieu Donne is on one of their routes.  It is a fantastic way to see the town and it’s wine.

Unfortunately the award winning Reserve Shiraz Viognier 2008 and Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 are unavailable for tasting.  You will have to get yourself a bottle to take home when you visit them.

Some quick wine notes below…

Méthode Cap Classique 2010 (R95) – 100% Chardonnay.  Delicious, stylish drinking.  It tastes like lemon creams with bubbles – yum! 
MCC Brut Rosé 2011 (R95) – 96% Chardonnay, 4% Pinot Noir, to add some colour.  This one is slighter sweeter than the MCC in a strawberry sort of way but still earthy and a pleasantly dry finish.
Rosé 2013 (R40) – Smells like red juice from when you were a child, lovely floral and candy flavours.  Perhaps a little too sweet for some though.

Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (R55)- Very fruity and strong green fig flavours, a little tart.  Nice.
Viognier 2011 (R45)- Fresh, easy and floral with more flavour than some other Viogniers that tend to be a little bland.  This was a one of the favourites in the whites.
Chardonnay 2013 (Unwooded) (R50) – Definitely agree with the lemony undertones together with some soft honey notes.  Not at all heavy and quite smooth.
Chardonnay 2011 (Wooded) – Lighter in colour and very creamy with vanilla and soft lemon flavours.  Very nice!

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2011 (R45) – Great blend.  One of the favourites for the day.  Very soft, smooth and flavoursome with hints of pepper.  Very good value.
Shiraz 2009 (R85) –  A lovely Shiraz, with all the typical tobacco spice and white pepper flavours.
Merlot 2010 (R105) – The farm’s flagship wine.  Loads of dark berries.  A very juicy, excellent Merlot with a nice slightly dry finish and tanniny structure.  Not everyone’s favourite, but then this lot tend to prefer their Cabs and Shiraz.
Reserve Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (R90) – Wine of the day.  Dark, blackcurrant flavours with an earthy spice (not tobacco spice, earth spice!)  Delicious! and very well priced.

Another superb afternoon in the Cape winelands, we’ll definitely bring visitors back for the views!


DIEU DONNÉ VINEYARDS
Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek – Follow the signs from the Main Road
Tel: +27 21 876 2493
Open Sundays.

 

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