Gabriëlskloof Estate in the Overberg will open their cellar for the first ever Che Syrah Syrah wine experience on Saturday 28 July 2018. This rare showcase of their unique Syrah wines will take pace in the newly converted Landscape Cellar, complete with a hearty country-inspired lunch and crackling fires to melt the winter chill.
Gabriëlskloof is situated just outside Bot River, a region that is home to some of the country’s finest expressions of Syrah wine. Syrah also makes up the largest portion of plantings at the estate itself and was the inspiration for Gabriëlskloof’s two Landscape Syrahs, which highlight the diversity of terroir. I had the privilege of tasting these wines at a recent showcase and they really are fantastic.
Che Syrah, Syrah will offer a closer look at Gabriëlskloof’s Syrah evolution, from the old school days of Swartrivier Shiraz to the Landscape Syrahs, and the change in style from dense and oak-driven, to refined and terroir-inspired.
“This is about our journey to find the best sites on the farm, the best clones, and which combination of those two do best and provide the best wine,” says Gabriëlskloof viticulturist and general manager Barry Anderson. “It is about the process of learning to farm with the land; about working towards balance between growth and fruit; and, about the refinement that has led us ultimately to our best wines for the Landscape Series.”
The Che Syrah Syrah programme will start at 11:00 when guests will be welcomed with a tasting of older wines, including international gems and a selection of Gabriëlskloof’s past, current and future offerings. You’ll also get first-hand insights on a walkabout through the Landscape Cellar, led by owner Bernard Heyns, cellarmaster Peter-Allan Finlayson and winemaker Donovan Ackermann.
This will be followed by a wholesome feast prepared specially by Gabriëlskloof Restaurant chef Frans Groenewald and paired with Syrah in its many shapes and forms. Expect a selection of homemade soups and cold-dispelling dessert, as well as the main attraction, a sumptuous lamb stew. Chef Groenewald will steal your heart with his country-style dishes, I promise.
Date: 28 July 2018
Venue: Gabrielskloof Estate, Botriver
Tickets: R450pp which includes the Syrah tasting, lunch and wine pairing. Tickets go on sale in June and can be purchased via gabrielskloof.co.za.