From Wikipedia: “Mourvèdre (also known as Mataró or Monastrell) is a red wine grape variety that is grown in many regions around the world including the Rhône and Provence regions of France, the Valencia and Jumilla denominaciones de origen of Spain”.
Yesterday we were at Fraai Uitzicht 1798 in Robertson, one of the few cellars in South Africa that produce wine of this grape variety. Fraai Uitzicht 1798 is the meeting place for some of the best wine makers in South Africa. The cellar dates back to 1740 and is one of the oldest of its kind in South Africa with the original fermentation tanks. 1798 was the year the homestead was build. The cellar produces around 25000 bottles per year and these find their way to guests in their own accommodation and restaurant and to collectors around the globe.
De Wetshof and Zandvliet are a few of the wine houses worthwhile for the connaisseur to visit in the Robertson Wine Valley (others are Fraai Uitzicht 1798, Graham Beck and Springfield).
Since a month or so there is a new restaurant in (or better: just outside) the village. Not one of 13 in a dozen but it’s one with the first Michelin Star rating in South Africa. Ain’t we lucky!
One can use many, many words in bragging about the food but I just quote one of our previous neighbors who just said: “I ate poems”.
Springfontein Eats is located at the estate of Springfontein Winery and to qualify their wines: “I drunk …..”. My personal favorites of this cellar are the Chenin Blanc and Petit Verdot (only a few estates in South Africa produce Petit Verdot which is an excellent digestive).
Anyway I was there this morning to show my wife the pictures I made and which (on 60×90 CM board) are hanging on the walls. For me the opportunity to make some extra pictures just to show you the ambiance in case you’re in the neighborhood one day…