Monday, July 6, 2015
Chamonix: South Africa Winery Visit
Continuing the saga of our wine and safari expedition to South Africa…
The last winery visit during our stay in Franschhoek, the wine and food capital of South Africa, was Chamonix Wine Farm. My wife was getting tired from our long day of tasting, but I was determined to visit this one-of-a-kind winery.
Chamonix has a restaurant with a deck that protrudes into the forest, a tasting room in a blacksmith’s cottage that leads to and underground cellar and a mountain backdrop with an elevated view of the valley. It also has some splendid wine.
After working our way past a boisterous crowd on the deck, we settled in for a tasting inside the blacksmith cottage. Green Dragon, who was getting a bit grumpy, soon brightened as she picked a prime spot near the fireplace.
The 2013 Reserve White is a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. It undergoes barrel fermentation and then is aged for 11 months in French barriques. Barriques are small barrels and their use can result in more prominent oak characteristics. This straw colored wine has a full body and an exotic nose.
Chamonix exhibits the same skill in winemaking that the village blacksmith did centuries ago – forging outstanding wine in a unique setting. This is a recommended visit during the Cape Winelands tour.