Only opening promptly at 10:00 am on a Sunday, I found myself waiting outside the gate at Saronsberg at 9:50 am in the Tulbagh Valley. I was definitely going to wait the 10 minutes until the gates opened. And it sure was worth the wait.
Saronsberg is known for all the artwork throughout their property. On arrival, you are greeted by this interesting piece watching over the gate.
To kick start the morning, we popped open a bottle of bubbles with Gerhardt, because frankly, that is how every morning should start in my opinion. Then a taster or two of the white & rosè varietals that they have on offer.
But lets be honest, I was not there for the white wines, I was there to get down into tasting some of their beautiful red wines.
One of my all time favourite Saronsberg red wines must be the Seismic Rooi. What an elegant & easy drinking blend of 5 cultivars - Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Malbec. Beautiful dark red in colour with hints of ripe red berries on the nose & most definitely a full bodied wine that I can imagine goes very well with a good cut of well seasoned steak.
Super stoked to have been one of the very 1st people to taste the 2016 Shiraz, a few days before it was officially released to the public.
Saronsberg is also well known for their Shiraz. As it is poured, you can see the dark purlple colour & on the nose you pick up on succulent dark berries & fruits, but yet a soft floral note followed by some spices. On the palate you get a full-mouth feel & soft oak flavours with a sort of layered fruit finish.
In the tasting room, you are welcome to take a walk about. There are a few art pieces on display for you to enjoy whilst you are sipping on a glass of their beautiful wines.
Also, if you are thinking of heading up to Saronsberg on a weekend, best be sure to get there early as it gets very busy & you want to grab yourself a seat outside in the sun to enjoy the view overlooking the dam & mountains.
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Once again, driving out of Saronsberg, to head to the next estate in style & comfort in the new Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi Titanium.