A few months ago, I happened to win a “romantic getaway” to Windfall Wine Farm in Robertson. Because of school and work obligations we had to postpone and thankfully Bianca has been very understanding and helpful.
Finally on the 16th of June, we packed our bags and off we went; direction Robertson. We decided to take the N2, a road less travelled. Also we wanted to see for ourselves what the dams looked like. In hindsight maybe not the greatest idea, as though the shorter route, we ended up on more gravel roads than we might have planned. Thankfully our trusted VW Tiguan stood up to the challenge and got us to our destination and back, gravel roads and all.
After a few hours on the road, we arrived at the Windfall Guest Cottages, the doors unlocked, lights left on, reminded us of a time gone by where people, didn’t feel the need to lock their doors. There are 5 self-catering cottages with everything one would need on your getaway. Even DSTV and the cellphone reception was no problem.
The cottages are fitted with a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, private bathrooms and outdoor braai areas. There is a play area for kids which includes a jungle gym, as well as a swimming pool and a dam. The Boma which includes a braai facility is perfect for a large group braai. The views of the valley are probably best seen from the Boma, just majestic rolling hills and mountains as far as the eye can see.
We unpacked our car and then headed to Town to do a little exploring. Once done, we headed back and started on dinner. Meanwhile we made a friend, Oom Jacko’s dog Cody. From afar he looks like a lioness quite scary but up close he is too cute and supper friendly. As I wasn’t feeling good we ended up calling it an early night.
Next morning we had our wine tasting at the Main house, about 1km from the guest cottages. We were met by Annette, her boys and her trusty companion Avian(hope I spelt it correctly).
We started with the:
Has strawberry and pomegranate notes on the palate with sweet-melon nuances that linger into a long finish. (from the website)
Surprises with honey, yellow peach and citrus on the nose. Hints of an earthiness infused with yellow fruit embody this wine which follows through into a creamy smooth finish. (from the website)
Boasts flinty and mineral characteristics on the front palate with a crisp lingering finish of tropical notes. (from the website)
Is a medium bodied wine which has floral notes
with hints of Fynbos on the nose which follows through onto the palate. (from the website)
Is a medium bodied wine which boasts white pepper, red berries, baked fruit, and red plums. With a beautifully balanced and full finish. (from the website)
Another vintage performance by the Randgold team has delivered the Kibali gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo on time and against expectations.
To mark the event, Rob Alexander and the folks at the Windfall boutique winery have made this bold blend of Cabernet Sauvignon / Tinta Amarella / Shiraz – a truly unique wine for a unique occasion.
A single bottle of this bold red was created to celebrate the commissioning of the Kibali gold mine in the DRC on budget and ahead of schedule; a feat few thought was possible. The mine was developed and is being operated by Randgold.
The proceeds from the sale of that bottle, which fetched R22 000, went to the Nos Vies en Partage Foundation, a charity fund established by Randgold to advance social upliftment projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
A significant portion of the proceeds of all sales of the new wine will also go to the Nos Vies en Partage Foundation. To mark the event, Rob Alexander and the folks at the Windfall boutique winery have made this bold blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grenache – a truly unique wine for a unique occasion. (from the website)
Is handpicked from selected Chenin Blanc which grows on the cool Western facing mountain slopes in the Retreat valley – west of Robertson. Only first-run juice was used and slowly fermented to produce a base wine with nuances of green apple, citrus and green pea undertones. (from the website)
By far my favourite was the Kabali and surprisingly The Hunter, best pot stilled brandy I have sampled thus far.
Annette, urged us to visit the Boma before we leave and certainly we weren’t disappointed. We could see ourselves on a lazy Summer’s afternoon with our friends and family enjoying a braai and waiting for the Sun to set or even getting up before the crack of dawn and waiting for the Sun to raise over the distant hills.
Sadly we had to cut our stay short and left shortly after the tasting and our visit to the Boma, but be assured we going back with friends and family as this is really a gem of a destination and the wines are superb to boot.
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Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Rene Mesias-Petersen
Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen
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