The Doolhof Estate in Wellington pays tribute to its Afrikaans name (Labyrinth) with some wines named after the Cretan legends where the Labyrinth played such a huge part in Greek mythology.
The estate was bought by the Kerrison family in 2003 and they obviously have an affinity for this sort of mystique. The Legends of the Labyrinth series has great reds like the Minotaur, deep dark and mysterious with power to spare, a blend of pinotage, merlot, Malbec and shiraz. Then there is The Dark Lady, The Lady in Red (and white) all fabulous.
The place to taste them is at their elegant tasting room in Wellington and if you are lucky you might even find their talented young winemaker, Gielie Beukes hovering around. If it all gets too much for you they have a guest house that you can book into to prolong the pleasure.
On site dining is a pleasure especially on the big veranda overlooking the Wellington Mountains. If you have the energy, there various activities like horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and river walks. Personally I like the indolence of dolce far niente.
Can you describe the best glass of wine you’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking?
It was a 1966 Chateau Haut-Brion I tasted back in 2007. This wine was one of the reasons why I fell in love with Bordeaux varietals.
And the worst?
Was not worth remembering.
Is there something that makes South African wines special? Can you describe it?
Our climate lends us the opportunity to produce competitive premium wines.
What do you find attracts you to people—as friends?
Unpretentiousness, adventurous and fun people normally attracts me.
What do you like most about yourself?
I like to keep things interesting – life never bores me.
My bad eyesight.
When in your life have you been happiest—till now?
I try to make the most out of everyday….there has been many happy moments in my life.
What can you just not do without in your life?
Friends, family and good wine.
When do you think it is right to tell a teensie weeny lie?
When have you been most bored?
On a plane.
Spending time doing everything I love in the ocean.
Doolhof Wine Estate Bovlei Rd Wellington, 021 873 6911
Words: Greg Landman
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.