Not all the farms were open again on Sunday, but your festival pass and glass still gave you entrance to those who were having picnics on the lawn as well as live music and some other activities. Friends of ours went to Perderberg who still had their mechanical bull operating and loads of wine to taste, as well as Rhebokskloof who still had a range of activities happening.
We decided to have a leisurely lunch at Proviant restaurant in Paarl. Not a wine farm, but still taking part in the festival, they had four boutique wineries set up with tasting stations, an awesome live band and the usual petting zoo and jumping castles for the kids. We love a boutique winery, there is always so much heart that goes into the wine making and each has a different story to tell, so I thought I’d just do a brief summary of each below.
A small winery situated in Paarl Main Road, owned by the Clift family who are actually better known for generations of granite and stone masonry, hence the name. Their vineyards are a small block on the De Hoop farm above Main Road and stretch up towards the Paarl Rock. Their Shiraz we tasted was superb, seriously, it was really really great! After packing up their stand, one of the men (possibly an owner) came passed our table and one or two other tables saying he saw us tasting at their stand and wanted to give us a bottle – yes please! Fantastic wine, great marketing and we will definitely be spreading the word about Mason’s Winery.
Mitre’s Edge Vineyards
Situated on the R44 towards Stellenbosch, they had their Cabernet Sauvignon and their Shiraz available for tasting. Also, both great wines. They told us how their Shiraz is unfiltered – which leaves some residue on your glass but also enhances the natural flavours, it was smooth like it had already spent some years in the bottle – lovely wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon had a typical green pepper earth smell and was deliciously full bodied, but not crazy heavy.
Painted Wolf Wines
The name of the wine comes from the African Wild Dog, an endangered African animal. A portion of the revenue from the wines goes towards the conservation of these “Painted Wolves” (direct translation from their scientific name). The owner’s have three different areas of vineyards and produce the wines at two different cellars. The wines available for tasting at Ommiberg were primarily those grown and produced in the Paarl region. The Chenin Viognier of the Cape Hunting range is somewhat of a White Cape Blend, smooth and crisp with little acidity. The Sauvignon Blanc of the den range is a little different, grown towards Stellenbosch far from the usual sea breezes that often accompany a Sav B, and so the winemaker produced it with some time in wood resulting in a slightly heavier Sav B. The Rousanne of the Black Pack range is a Rhone varietal, produced by only about 3 winemakers in the country. Having won the award for the the best white wine in an unusual varietal category, in South Africa, it is quite an interesting wine, floral and tropical. There are a number of other wines available which we did not get to, but the ranges, the branding and marketing together with the contribution to the conservation of African Wild Dogs are all great reasons to support these delicious and a few unusual wines.
Black Pearl Wines
The farm is situated underneath the Paarl Rock, and when it rains the rock is said to glisten, looking like a pearl, hence the name Black Pearl. The two Mishief Maker, Shiraz based wines were available for tasting at Ommiberg. We sampled the Shiraz Mourvedre which was most enjoyable.
Were you at the Ommiberg Slow Festival on Sunday? Have you tried any of these wines?
Mason’s wine is available at selected restaurants and exclusive wine shops.
Cellar tastings / barrel tastings by appointment only
MITRE’S EDGE VINEYARDS
Wine tastings by prior arrangement
Tel: + 27 21 875 5960
GPS: 33.83S 18.88E
BLACK PEARL WINE
By appointment only
Tel: +27 (0) 83 297 9796
PAINTED WOLF WINES
Tel: +27 (0)21 863-2492