The Bastille Festival at Franschoek can often by accused of becoming a glorified pub crawl if left unchecked. The Cowboy and I went yesterday and we were pretty happy to be told that the really frenetic day was on Saturday (the constant misting did not stop once and I can see how the weather was a big deterrent for revelers on Sunday).
I fell in love with three wines yesterday – Haute Cabriere (technically an old favourite), Lynx wines (a new favourite) and the 2007 Boet Erasmus from Vrede en Lust (how did I miss the Boet Erasmus before. It’s gorgeous!).
This elegant New World Style Bordeaux blend is named after Boet Erasmus – grandfather of current owners Dana and Ettienne Buys and the long term Vice President of the International Rugby Board.
It’s won a plethora of awards (it’s ridiculous really: South African Red Trophy IWC, London 2010; Steve Tanzer International Wine Cellar 90 its; 3rd Best red blend at International Trade Show in Las Vegas 2010; Silver Michelangelo and a Platter 4 Star…whew).
The tasting notes are dominant Cabernet Sauvignon flavours and berry aromas, followed by pencil shavings (really!) and cedar on the nose. It’s a blend like no other – 52% Cabernet Sauvignon / 42% Merlot / 3% Malbec / 3% Petit.
So, is it any surprise that the winemaker is a woman? No, it shouldn’t. Susan Erasmus has the distinction of having the top rated white and the top rated red wine in the country.
Oh, and in case you were wondering…it’s cracker with meat. Preferably beef fillet, rump & sirloin steak as well as rich meat dishes with well reduced sauces. I’m thinking venison pie.