Thursday, July 11, 2013

Chamonix Wine Farm: South African winery of the year 2013

Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek
Named the John Platter 2013 Winery of the Year, Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek offers wine tastings 7 days a week in its small rustic, but charming tasting room. Located in The Blacksmith's Cottage – built in the 1700s – the tasting room offers a cosy fire place for wintery days and relaxed counter or table seating.

Chamonix Wine Tasting in Franschhoek

It's R20 for a wine tasting per person, which includes 7 wines, depending on what they have in stock.
It's also R30 per person (booking essential) if guests wish to take a cellar tour.  Tastings run from 9:30am to 4pm, with sales until 5pm.

Chamonix wine tasting room

Chamonix Pinot Noir
I love the Troika Reserve 2010 (red blend of Cabernet Franc 51%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40% and Merlot 9%), which sells for around R180 per bottle. But for a great red at a very affordable price of about R40 from the cellar door, buy the Rouge 2010 (a red blend of: Cabernet Sauvignon 27%, Merlot 28%, Malbec 25%, Petite Verdot 20%).

Chamonix Troika Reserve

Chamonix Tasting Room
Other goodies to try include the Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 (The Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve shows a ruby red colour, with notes of cherry, wild red berries, crushed black pepper, cinnamon and violets on the nose. Although firm in structure and intense in flavour, textures are mellow and round, expanding with time to extraordinary opulence and length on the palate) and the Chardonnay 2011 (The wine shows bright straw yellow colour with golden highlights and ample aromas in scents that recall tropical fruits and grapefruit, mingling with hints of oatmeal, caramel and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with richly complex flavours, mellow fruit sensations are deftly fused with oak in a long, elegant finish.)
Chamonix wine tasting room
The restaurant is currently closed and undergoing new ownership – I'll put up some information as soon as I know more.  For more information, visit:

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