On Saturday, 17 April, we’ll be celebrating our first harvest festival at the newly established Somm & Co. on Karibib Wine Craft collaborative cellar by opening our doors to our neighbours and putting together one serious end of harvest vinous soiree!
Be part of this historic event in what has been described as the coolest region in Stellenbosch, with tasting stands from top Polkadraai Hills producers. Including Reyneke, Raats, Saxenburg, Bein, Boschkloof, some of Reenen’s Ron Burgundy’s, right through to the sought after Carinus Family Wines. As well as our own motley crew of Karibib Wine Craft Artisans.
Polkadraai Hills has been undergoing a silent revolution of late. Much like the Swartland did not too many years ago. Only this time with slightly less facial hair and fewer mysterious winemaking practices.
With the region's grapes attracting the interest of some of the most renowned winemakers in the Cape, the Somm & Co. tasting room at Karibib Wine Craft has established itself as a sort of town square for local winemakers. a Piazza Polkadraai if you will.
And what better way to celebrate the first successful harvest than throwing the doors open for old fashioned end of harvest celebration and inviting some of these vuil honde to show off their wares and rub shoulders with the public.
On the day we'll be showing the likes of Boschkloof wines by Reenen Borman. Fast becoming known as some sort of Messiah of Syrah, he'll be represented on the day with both his Ron Burgundy and Boschkloof ranges. The latter showing off their 2020 Chardonnay and the 2019 Syrah.
“Our Chardonnay quite literally expresses its Polkadraai roots, thanks to our Koffieklip and granite terroir,” Reenen explains. “It’s not an overly serious wine. The balance of oak complexity and acidity is tantamount to a Sauvignon Blanc on steroids,” he teases.
“As for the 2019 Syrah, that one is equally exciting to me,” he adds. “2019 was a stellar year for the vines and they delivered in all aspects, from the wine’s dense, more violet colour profile, right through its elegance and perfume. After 14 months in a mix of second fill barrels and cement casks, the resulting vintage promises familiarity, with traits unique to the area and this young winemaker’s style.
With sixteen producers presenting and sharing the fruits of their labour, punters will get to experience the rich diversity the regions winemakers have extracted to bottle.
From big names in the game to young guns, stirring up the dust and forging a name for themselves in their own right.
One such game-changer who’ll be there on the day is Angus Paul. At the tender age of only 27, he will be releasing the much-anticipated maiden vintage ménage à trois of Pinotage, a Chenin straw wine and a wholly-Karibib fruit Chenin Blanc which Barry describes as pure ethereal pleasure. Tight as a drum, perfumed, chalky and textured with a near-endless finish.
Spoilt for choice on the day, the four-hour walk-around tasting will showcase a broad mix of wines from some of the most highly respected and awarded, right through to the new, up-and-coming future champions, all with a thirst to share their latest creations.
Gimme some Gamay!
In celebration of all things Gamay and the first harvest of our newly planted block right here in Polkadraai, resident sommelier Barry Scholfield and Radford Dale winemaker Jacques de Klerk will be getting their geek on presenting an exclusive Gamay Noir benchmark tasting, showcasing some of the best examples from both South Africa and Beaujolais.
The team from Somm’s Wine Café and Deli will also be stocking the fires from early in the morning, serving up a selection of woodfired pizzas and BBQ classics, including our signature pulled-beef brisket buns produced from Usana’s Polkadraai, reared, free-range, grass-fed, Black Angus beef.
A great harvest demands great tunes. Ours will come in the form of Realised Soul, headed up by the inimitable Christoff Marais. Gifted with a voice that’s channelling some of the world's finest singer-songwriters, expect his performances to be as arresting as the wine in your glass.
Add the chance for gelato and tapas and you’ll want to wine away the afternoon, well after the sun heads west for the night.
All wine on show will also be available for sale on the day,
at cellar door prices.
A shuttle service to and from Cape Town will be provided.
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Here’s the full list of producers who will be pouring their wares from 12:00 - 16:00 on the day:
Angus Paul Wines