Sunday, January 29, 2012

Breakfast at Olivello @Marianne.

          The restaurant at Marianne where we had breakfast.

                     Boules court outside the restaurant.

           View from the back of the restaurant.

      A lovely Bordeaux we tasted side by side with the Desirade. We started of with there 2011 Sav. Blanc that was in 35% new oak for 8 month's. The Rose 2011 blend of 87% Merlot, 12% Pinot Noir and1% Muscat d'Alexandri. Then we tasted 2007 Merlot matured for 16 to 22 months in 30% new oak. Shiraz 2007 was the next wine aged 16 t0 22 month's in 40% new oak. Then we tasted the Pinotage 2005 also 16 to 22 month's in 3rd fill barrels. Very good Pinotage. Now we tasted the Cabernet Sauv.2005 and also the 2009 that is not for sale until 2014. The Cape Blend made from 34% Pinotage 26% Cab. Sauv. 26% Shiraz and 14% Merlot also matured 16 to 22 month's in selected barrels. Now we tasted the Floreal 2005 that is a blend of 33% Cab. 33% Merlot and 33% Shiraz. Same time maturation in 40% new oak. The last wine was the Desirade 2004 which we tasted blind  with a Bordeaux 2004 in the picture above. Wonderful wines and tasting. Sad to spit all these wines.  

          Pictures of some of the barrels in the maturation celler.

                          Fermentation tanks and below the cooler inside the oak fermentation tanks.

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The party at Marianne.

          The kitchen were the food for the party was prepared.

Lovely launch of there Rose with lots of people atending.

               The band with the miss understand musician on the right playing bass guitar.

              Sunset from the pool.


             One of the host's pouring herself some read wine.

Neil and Luke being entertained by a guy that looked even worst this morning at the tasting.
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Guest house at Marianne.

Our room called Kanonkop I was born at Kanonkop in Swellendam funny to be booked into this room.

The bedroom.

Open plan kitchen got most of the basic stuff.

Wet room shower with seperate toilet.

View from the stairs towards northeast and south east.

Some of there very good red wines.
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Meal at Johan's at Longridge.

Thirty five degrees time for a real bear and some water.

Beetroot puree with feta.

Springbok fillet with spinich and chilli polenta and prune jus.

Kingklip with herb mash and watercress veloute.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hartenbrg tapas and jazz.

The first of a series 3, of Tapas and Jazz at Hartenberg. Realy good music and lovely food.

View from the garden.

The bridge to the food table, but there was a lot of waiters to serve you. Below the people at our table.

Some of the food and wine below.

The band Manouche.

What good wine's. The Eleanor and The Stork.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Mountain Bike ride wine tasting McDonald's.

Preping the bikes to go for a ride with my son from HPL Computers.

Me after the ride on way back home, sleeping in the back of the bakkie.

Wine tasting at Waterkloof and from there we went to Haskell where we had the most wondeful tasting with Werner. Realy great way of explaining how the wines were made and why they were made like that.

Chantal ,my son and my daughter at Waterkloof.

My daughter and son with Hempies du Toit at Annandale.

Eating at the Waterfront with my kids at McDonalds realy not my tipe of food.

The end result after an hour.

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