Unconventionally Vriesenhof (Wine): A Vriesenhof Adventure
Those who know me well, know that I am, ahem, rather quirky, do things a little differently, and walk to the beat of my own drum. I have always been this way, never following convention or falling for peer pressure. That is just me. I also have a special love and respect for people and companies who do this. Those who are a little unconventional, who do their own thing, no matter what. I realised Vriesenhof Vineyards was one of those companies when a handwritten letter, complete with postage stamp, arrived at my door step.
The opening paragraph:
“Dear wine devotee, we could have sent you a friend request, but we thought we’d send you actual post instead. Otherwise known as a letter. It’s #weird we know, but that is just us. Much like our wines, we pay homage to original methods”.
Loving the Chardonnay
The letter was an invite to join Vriesenhof, taste all their wines, mingle with fellow wine lovers, and enjoy snacks at Sotano Bree. They did make a quirky remark on the letter about knowing that “everyone’s only really coming for the Chardonnay, but that is okay”. Now, I am having the biggest love affair with Chardonnay at the moment. Well, it’s been 6 months, so it may be more of a steady relationship by now. Anyway, as I was saying, Vriesenhof ‘had’ me at the letter, but they really ‘had’ me at the mention of Chardonnay!
The Vriesenhof Humour
Vriesenhof loves being unconventional in general and they love creating amusing mottos like “Got the panache for Grenache”, “Wander our way and try our Chardonnay”. They also love playing with their feathery logo – the peacock. For instance on the event night, the restrooms were renamed to Peahen and Peacock, signage read ‘flock this way’ and Vriesenhof peeps were decorated with feathery plumes! Super fun!
At the event tasting stations were set up all over Sotano. The whites and pink lived downstairs, the reds upstairs. Of course, I went straight for the wooded Chardonnay and yes, it was a winner and absolutely stole my heart. There is also an unwooded one which I found to be super fresh and happy. I also gave the Vriesenhof Grenache Rosé a try and thought it was fun with strawberry goodness. And then I had some more Chardonnay before making my way upstairs.
Sounds of Jeri Silverman
Walking upstairs, I was met with the beautiful sounds of Jeri Silverman. I have known Jeri for years and love her songs, but have never actually heard her sing live before. She is amazing!
The Red Wines
Moving on to the reds, there were the Vriesenhof Pinotage, Grenache/Shiraz/Mouvedre, Grenache, Pinot Noir and the Kallista. The 2009 Kallista became my fave red of the evening! Well, that was until I was about to leave and discovered the vintage section with two reds in glass decanters. Turns out they were a Red Bordeaux blend, one from 1994 and the other from 1995. I tried the ’94 and not only could this wine tell stories but it was phenomenal. The perfect wine to end the evening!
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A huge thank you to Vriesenhof for doing things differently and for sharing your wine goodness. And, of course, to Kirsten for the awesome invitation letter.
*Photos courtesy of Vriesenhof
Article Date: November 2018
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