Time flies when you are working at Wildehurst Wines and having fun! One minute you are busy with harvest and a bit of bottling and the next minute you are two months away from the next harvest!
This week we are getting ready to bottle the 2016 red blends. The 2016 wine in barrel have been tasted, re-tasted and deemed worthy! The wine was blended and the blends are beautiful! Along with blending the 2016 red wine, the red wine barrels of 2017 got racked for the first time and they can now rest in peace until this time next year.
The vineyards are also looking good considering that we are in the middle of the worst drought in 100 years. Our fight against the local birds who enjoy the delicious fruit of our labour before we can harvest it has now drawn to a close. Permanent netting is being constructed over our Grenache and Mourvèdre vineyards to keep out the birds. The baby vines planted last year are slowly putting their arms on the cordon wire, and the vines are starting to look like a real vineyard.
The latest John Platter Wine Guide will be out soon and we are very proud to announce that five of our wines have been rated four and a half stars! The Wildehurst Méthode Cap Classique Chenin Blanc 2014, Wildehurst Méthode Cap Classique Chardonnay 2014, Chenin Blanc 2016, Viognier 2016 and the Petite Wilde 2015 all scored between 90 and 94 points.
In our diary for this coming weekend is the Swartland Heritage Festival in Paternoster. We are going to have some fun in the sun at the beach and we will be pouring a few of these four and a half star rated Platter wines! The Swartland Heritage Festival kicks off on Friday the 3rd of November and continue until late Saturday afternoon the 4th of November. During the weekend our wines will be sold at Oep Ve Koep “die winkel op Paternoster”.
Where ever you are this weekend enjoy a glass of Wildehurst wine and please share your pictures with us on Facebook!
Until next time… Cheers to bottling!