I just spent the weekend at the second Swartland Revolution Wine Festival in the very beautiful town of Riebeek Kasteel. What an incredible weekend it was.
What is the Swartland Revolution you might ask?:
‘The aim of the revolutionary weekend is to raise general awareness of the area, and although there might be stylistic and philosophical differences in the wines to be showcased, they all share a common sense of place – as with all great wine regions of the world.’
After Olivier Clap presented the first tasting of 6 of his Cornas wines, and Michael Fridjohon announced the winner of the Bolinger exceptional wine service award, we headed up the road to the Bazaar, where Reuben Riffel and his chefs were preparing a BBQ extravaganza. It was one of the best braai’s I have ever been to.
The second day kicked off with breakfast burgers and then straight into the Mullineaux wine tasting which was moderated by Tim James. Beautiful wines, the highlight for me being the Mullineux Straw Wine 2010.
We then had a beer break to taste some Darling brew and eat a slice of pizza at a bar in town called 6 Degrees.
Then onto the final formal tasting of the program, which blew me away. A panel of 3 experts (Jamie Goode, Michael Fridjhon, Jorg Pfutzer) presented 3 of their favourite wines. Moderated by winemakers Adi Badenhorst and Callie Louw, it was funny, informative interactive and highly entertaining. The wines were exceptional and luckily I got a few extra tastes of the Domaine Mathieu, Cuvee Marquis Vignes ~ 2007, Chateauneuf du Pape.
Then a delicious lunch at Bar Bar Blacksheep:
Tapas and Mezze Starters
Dark chocolate cakes with white chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries
an incredible lunch at bar bar black sheepAfter lunch, there was the Swartland Independent street party where we got to taste many more amazing wines from the region.