Having lived Tulbagh in the late 1980s, we got to know the Drostdy-Hof wines and for me the Special Late Harvest Adelpracht is such a special wine, Chenin Blanc left on the vines to get really ripe and sweet. The winemakers make such excellent use of the Chenin Blanc grapes.
The name of course comes from De Oude Drostdy, the original magistrate’s court dating back to 1804, just north of the well known little town. Today this stately building is home to Drostdy-Hof wines and well worth a visit when you are in the area.
The all new singing and dancing Drostdy-Hof Rosé is a fruity, off-dry blend of Chenin Blanc and Ruby Cabernet grapes. Waves of fruit fruit and juice-making strawberries, peaches and cherry drops. Pizza, pasta are it’s perfect partners – but experiment, it would work well with chicken.
The sublime Drostdy-Hof Blanc de Blanc is a medium bodied wine with pleasant Chenin Blanc fruit aromas and a crisp, fresh refreshing taste. Seafood and salads are the partners called for, though give it a try with some roast pork loin where it worked well for us recently.
These wines sell for about R27 each and are available in supermarkets and bottle shops all round the country. Also available in great value for money 2 and 5-litre packs.