From cape town to paarl region- paarl town named after rocky outcrop perfectly rounded that glistens in morning dew.
Here we visited Bovlei estate -'above the lake' - tried gewurztraminer, chenin blanc, pinotage, cab sauv. Found wines a bit flat, maybe wanted more oomph. Poss. Suffered from being first on list and attendant cautiousness. 2008 chardonnay was going for 13R (1 pound) a bottle and was not bad! Bargain.
then over the bains kloof pass built by italian pows. Past beautiful river in the mountaisn, out into tulbagh region.
Over the pass problem with 1979 VW kombi develops-alternator/battery related.
Proceeded to tulbagh for automotive diagnosis-cum-refreshment. Offered baboutie-kind of cape malay spicey shepherds pie, but scorching hot in dry valley heat.
Back on road to bergsig estate. Tried chenin blanc, sauv blanc, chardonnay, touriga nacional, cab sauv, vintage port.
Enjoyed all whites, had notable characters, slight time pressures meant possibility of extended mulling over flavour not possible. Wanted to try touriga nacional (from 'bain's kloof' range) out of curiosity but didn't find it particularly palatable. This range of wines were all produced and sold rather than aged.
Cab sauv was pleasant but was tasted in hurried surroundings, advised that it would keep for up to 5 yrs and would age better.
Port- I have no abilities for distinction of port as yet so my opinion is completely unqualified but it was certainly tasty (the wine farm was recommended for its ports by hans our leader and kombi-driver).
On leaving discovered split in tyre prompting tyre change. My role-to put hub cap back on. Kombi has full toolset incl jack that stows under passenger seat.
All repairs effected, return to cape town.
Bains kloof vista
Biltong king shop (wellington, 'die beste in die weste)
River with beautiful pools + tweede top camping
Further exploration of many wine farms in area
Overall, a real adventure and good introduction to SA wines. Particularly want to check out more pinotage. Ambrose