If you consider yourself a bit of a wine enthusiast – you will surely have heard of Tulbagh, in the Winelands of the Boland, in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. If not, this region is famous for producing some of the most incredible South African wines. This is no exaggeration. For example, the Saronsberg Full Circle and Shiraz, are SAWi’s top scoring wines for the past ten years. South Africans know how to do wine, and we know how to do it damn well.
So, who was I to pass up exploring this stunning wine farm when The Tulbagh Boutique & Heritage Hotel organized a wine tasting for us?
After first visiting the nearby Oakhurst Olive Farm, we arrived at Saronsberg Wine Estate. Despite the modern nature of their facilities and their progressive approach to winemaking, Saronsberg is an inextricable part of the deep history of the Tulbagh valley. The valley is flanked on all sides by mountains of the Upper Breede River Valley and is unique in its topography and natural beauty.
We started off by visiting the avant-garde tasting room, which reminded me of a contemporary Soho loft apartment, showcasing some of the finest art, paintings and furniture. The winery’s state of the art fermentation cellar and the traditional wood maturation cellar, can be viewed from the tasting room through huge glass panels. The building housing the wine cellar is a modern take on the area’s rich heritage.
Frikkie van Zyl and his wonderfully knowledgeable team explained to us the process of hand harvesting, fermenting and how to detect the red berry flavours in their range of wines. What gives Saronsberg the ability to produce such an impressive portfolio of wines is the distinctly different terroir in various parts on the farm. These differences include soil type, aspect, altitude and temperature, thus producing grapes with an array of quality characteristics.
Being a red wine drinker, it was no surprise that I fell head over heels for the multi-award winning Saronsberg Full Circle.
The Saronsberg Full Circle is a remarkable Rhone blend that shows a mesmerizing dark purple colour in the glass. Meticulously crafted using a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier, this exquisite wine delivers a crushed berry profile that is accentuated by seductive spice and fragrant violet notes.
After the wine tasting we moved to the outside lawn area where we encountered what looks like a magical meadow with huge trees, a stunning lake, endless mountain views. Could literally sit there for hours and just be…
It was the perfect way to spend a beautiful Monday in Tulbagh and the wines tasted markedly different to those that can be found in the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek areas.It was the perfect way to spend a beautiful Monday in Tulbagh and the wines tasted markedly different to those that can be found in the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek areas.
Thank you to The Tulbagh Boutique & Heritage Hotel and Saronsberg for organising a remarkable day.
If you are in the Tulbagh area and have little more time to spare, why not book an informative wine tour at Saronsberg?