Set in the heart of the Cape Winelands and a short drive from Stellenbosch (4km) and Cape Town (50km) the Remhoogte tasting room offers a beautiful setting to experience their wines. All wines are available for tasting and their professional staff will offer you an informative and friendly tasting. In summer tastings are outside with beautiful views of the Stellenbosch mountains, their vineyards and a wildlife camp stocked with Zebra, Wildebeest and Springbok. In winter, you can warm up next to the fireplace while you enjoy the wines on their own or paired with local artisanal cheeses.
Some time back I received an email invite from the Western Cape Sales Manager, Diaan Van Zyl to visit the Remhoogte Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. So, it was with excitement that Heather and I arrived at the estate last Thursday. We were greeted at the entrance by a family of dogs, our own personal greeting sign and a friendly smiling Diaan.
A table had been set up outside under the oak tree over looking the cottages, mountains and wildlife enclosure. Springbok, Zebra, Quagga, Bontebok and Wildebeast roamed effortlessly in the fields. Over a glass of the estate Chenin Blanc, Diaan pointed out the boundaries of the estate. Even though it was a cold winters day the vineyards where still looking beautiful as the icy wind blew through them. It wasn’t long before the chilly winters wind forced us to pack up and adjourn in the tasting room. The warm fire and the photographs of the wild animals and the Boustred family soon created a cosy atmosphere.
We were treated to the full range of the estate wines as well as a few vintage wines specially brought out for the occasion. Paired with the wines, we tasted some local artisanal cheeses.
Whilst we were enjoying the wines, you could hear the tapping of bricks being laid outside. The estate is busy building a new tasting room. It is going to be stunning, with views across the fields and mountains. Keep your ears to the ground for the grand opening, which should happen later this year.
Many thanks to Diaan and Ian Fraser-Jones, the tasting room manager for a wonderful visit, we found it very educational and we loved your wines. We are looking forward to re visitng when your new tasting room is up and running. I am looking forward to tasting your new releases of the “Free To Be” range in August.
The wines we tasted
2016 First Light Chenin Blanc (Premium Range)
Pale gold colour.
Aromas of limes, green apple and apricots are tempered by a floral spice on the nose.
The palate is fresh and crisp with a creamy acidity and limey finish.
2016 Honeybunch Chenin Blanc (Reserve Range)
The nose shows apricots, honeysuckle, a light nutty (almonds) ,leesy character and a light flinty minerality. The palate is fresh and mineral with a zesty acidity. The ripe stone fruits and an element of honey bring balance. The finish is lengthy and exaggerated by a light phenolic grip from skin contact.
2015 Vantage Pinotage (Premium Range)
Strawberries, Christmas cake, cinnamon and vanilla with earthy notes of tobacco leaf and leather on the nose. The palate is opulent with ripe fruit and polished tannin’s supported by flavours of cumin and white pepper. The acidity is mild and combined with a light tannic grip the wine has great length. The wine will mature for 5 to 10 years. Enjoy with venison or dishes with a bit of spice.
2014 Aspect Merlot (Premium Range)
The nose is lively with aromas of plums, figs and cassis seasoned by undertones of peppermint and cedar. The palate is refined and juicy on entry and followed by a broad, grainy tannin and fresh acidity giving length and body. With maturation the tannin’s will round and the wine will move from the broad and generous to more linear and elegant. Will mature for 10 years plus if you can cellar it alternatively drink it now with cheeses or full flavoured dishes.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Reserve Range)
Cassis, white pepper and cedar over berried fruit notes of mulberries and black current.
The entry is full, polished and broad with a light tannic grip giving a savoury and lengthy finish.
Mature for 5 to 10 years.
4 barrels made.
2012 Sir Thomas Cullinan (Reserve Range)
2012 was a great vintage for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon on the estate. The summer was cool and dry, which resulted in perfect ripeness. The nose shows an array of dark berried fruit and cherries with light green spice and cigar box undertones bringing fresh savory notes. The palate is wonderfully fresh and elegant. Balance between the fruit and acid creates the framework and intensity with the subtle tannin giving length. Inspired by the Right Bank of Bordeaux but true to the Simonsberg Ward.
Wild Beast Brewery
Wild Beast Amber Ale
Dark copper in colour, fruity nose gives way to well balance flavours of roasted malt with undertones of fresh hops. Imported specialty roasted malts give a smokiness with fruity American west coast hops bringing freshness, balance and bitterness to the palate.
Wild Beast Blond Ale
A honey gold beer topped with creamy foam. Unfiltered and slightly hazy, this beer is a blend of four malts and two hop varieties. Malty as opposed to hoppy with perfect balance between fruitiness and bitterness. Medium bodied with a fresh finish.
Wild Beast IPA
Brewed for summer, golden in colour. Fruity hop notes of litchi and orange dominate the nose. The palate is medium bodied with a refreshingly bitter finish. The characteristic of IPA makes it a perfect summer sipper. The beer is naturally carbonated through a secondary fermentation in the bottle.
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