Vrede & Lust wine farm is one of the older farms in the winelands, with beautiful old buildings and history, having been around since 1688. It is a really beautiful farm situated between Paarl and Franschhoek looking up onto the Helshoogte mountains.
When you visit for a wine tasting. try and sit on the big couches next to the huge glass doors overlooking the vineyards and up to the mountains. Or even on the small veranda. One rainy day we even enjoyed a tasting on a couch next to the fire – lovely.
The tasting room girls in RED are well versed and entertain you with a unique story for each wine (some may border on dramatic and theatrical, but they entertain nonetheless). The wines are lovely, and the experience is thoroughly enjoyable.
The wine tasting is complimentary unless there are more than 5 of you (it is then R25 per person).
The Boet Erasmus is one of the well known wines from this farm and rightly so.
They have one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the winelands, the historic manor house is now a guest house and their newish Bistro & Bakery – Lust – has some delicious freshly baked goods, “make your own sandwich / pizza options” and other scrumptious menu items.
A few wine notes below…
The JESS DRY ROSE is a combination of Pinotage and Shiraz, this rose is drier and definitely has more of a RED wine taste than your usual sweet Rose. Served with a strawberry, it is a lovely light, crisp summer wine.
SARAH (Unwooded Chardonnay) – I agree with the pears on the nose and also noted peach flavours. It is more acidic than its wooded counterpart below, but also lighter with its crisp apple and pear flavuors..
The nose on the MARGUERITE (Wooded Chardonnay) reminded me of the brewery, with a honey, barley, oats porridge sort of smell, quite a strong smell. It has a butter, caramel, wood flavour. A very rich, good Chardonnay. Although from experience, not everyone is a fan. You have to like Chardonnay to enjoy this one.
You should definitely taste this together with the SARAH above to note the distinct difference the wood makes on the wines.
CASEY’S RIDGE SAUVIGNON BLANC is very nice, you can definitely pick up the passion fruit and gooseberry flavours mentioned. light & crisp.
The WHITE MISCHIEF (A White Blend) smells like caramel, but somehow tastes much lighter and fruitier. It is a combination of 5 different white wine grape varietals. Quite a nice white blend.
I thought the BARRIQUE (Flagship White, Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon) smelt like blossom flowers. A very nice white wine blend, not too sweet. With a zesty, spicy, fruity flavour. VERY nice.
The VIOGNIER has white peaches and fruity perfume on the nose. Slight wood flavour, together with dried peaches and apricots. Quite lovely.
As the name suggests, the MOCHOLATE MALBEC 2012 has a strong mocha, coffee, earthy nose with a very berry flavour and cigar finish. A nice summer RED, easy drinking wine.
The SYRAH 2009 is like a cigar, it is sweet and dry and manages to fill your mouth with aromatic smells and flavours. I definitely tasted the plum fruit and sweet spice flavours mentioned. I do love a good Syrah!
The flagship, BOET ERASMUS 2009 (Flagship Red, Gold Michaelangelo 2011), is a blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot, Malbec. This wine has a spicy smell with a fruity taste. It is smooth and easy to drink with a depth of flavours and an explosion of taste. Quite delicious I must say, an excellent RED blend. Served with chocolate, this is the perfect finish to a great wine tasting. The BOET is definitely a favourite.
VREDE EN LUST WINE FARM & ESTATE
Intersection R45 & Klapmuts Rd, Simondium
Tel: +27 (0)21 874 1611
33 degrees 50’14.96″S 18 degrees 57’11.62″E