An almost hidden gem in the Robertson Wine Valley, one of the most beautiful we have, far from French and Dutch influences, is the Windfall Wine Farm.
Words by Greg Landman
It was given the name by Eddie Barlow when he bought it years ago for the mist which cascades down the mountains when things are going as they should. Eddie was a cricketing legend and certainly had a poetic streak.
Today the farm belongs to Robert Alexander and company and the wine is made by Kobus Van Der Merwe, and they are crackers, as wine legend Norma Ratcliffe would say.
The recently released MCC which they call Mendola is a crisp 100% Chardonnay, gorgeous if on the pricey side at R200. More reasonably priced is the Cabernet Sauvignon, a Gold Michelangelo winner, superbly rich, deep dark and mysterious, packed with dark red berry flavours, a gap at R100 as we say in Sea Point.
Then there is the Shiraz, likewise a Gold Michelangelo winner, soft and elegant with some spice to support all that luscious fruit, also priced at R100. The Barrel 41 is a delicious blend of Cab and Shiraz, smooth and medium bodied at R150 and the two whites, Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc are perfect for summer quaffing.
The wines are available at the farm and in Robertson at the La Verne Wine Boutique Phone 023 626 4314. The number at the farm, which has cosy guest cottages to rent, is 083 320 8473.