Winter is the time for dessert wines and hearty home made soup. Soetes and Soup is a showcase of the Breedekloof’s finest wines and hearty hospitality and took place on 19 – 20 July 2019 to celebrate winter at the annual Breedekloof Soetes and Soup festival.
This fun-filled event, hosted at the various wineries in the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini, and Breede River areas, served complimentary cups of steaming homemade country soup accompanied by a glass of red or dessert wine.
This was our first year attending the Breedekloof Soetes and Soup festival and it is not difficult to see why this valley is fast becoming known as “South Africa’s most generous wine route”.
KIRABO PRIVATE CELLAR
Situated in the picturesque Breedekloof valley of Rawsonville, surrounded by magnificent mountains is the boutique red wine cellar – Kirabo.
Kirabo is an African word and it translates as such “A gift from God…” Kirabo has wine in its blood as the Le Roux family have owned it for six generations, each building upon the improvements of the last with the whole family, lovingly involved in every step of the process and in harmony with community and nature.
Kirabo is a boutique red wine cellar – in harmony with community and nature. We produce small quantities of different, red cultivars. All the grapes are handpicked early in the morning, where after the wine is made and wood matured (24 months) to perfection.
KIRABO MERLOT 2016
Distinct nose of raspberries with a hint of mint. A soft and silky textured wine. Well balanced for easy drinking.
KIRABO BARRELS END
The end of a range barrels always produce a unique and beautiful wine, never to be found again. This is a Vintage blend. Mostly, Petit Verdot 2015, blended with Petit Verdot 2017. A luscious complex wine with layers of blackberry and mulberry flavours, and soft tannins.
KIRABO SHIRAZ 2017
This robust wine is dark in colour with a rich bouquet of black berries and a hint of ripe pepper, accompanied by spicy notes. A well balanced wine with a memorable persistence.
For the young at heart with a zest for life. An easy-drinking-fun wine. Off dry, with a slightly fruity/cupcake nose. Seamless tannins. Unique style that emphasises the contribution made by two varieties: Merlot 50% + Shiraz 50%.
COMPLIMENTARY SOUP: Beef and Vegetable Soup
Uniwines Cellars have over 50 years of winemaking in the valley and is also the largest wine producer in the Breedekloof. This large, ethical wine company is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative.
The philosophy at UniWines is to achieve quality and consistency through a vineyard to bottle approach. UniWines Vineyards produces exceptional wines for all occasions.
Their bottled wine portfolio includes the following
? Palesa ( Fairtrade Range)
PALESA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
Green fig & citrus aromas. Fresh aromas carry through to the palate. Lemony flavours on the aftertaste.
GOUDINI UNWOODED CHARDONNAY 2018
Showing ripe fruit notes of dried mangoes, peaches and orange peel/marmalade with baked biscuit over buttery lemon. Sweet, ripe fruit layered of lemon and grapefruit with a suggestion of vanilla over a rich creamy texture. The finish offers hints of pineapple, marmalade and almonds.
GOUDINI CHENIN BLANC 2019
Upfront and inviting. Clean, fresh, tropical, peach and guava flavours. Medium bodied, fruity and enjoyable. Ripe tropical flavours with velvety mouth feel. Density of flavours runs through palate to dry lime finish.
PALESA PINOTAGE 2018
Full ripe berry aromas, cherry-laden palate and integrated wood flavour. A well-balanced with lots of fruit. Ready for immediate enjoyment and aged for 3-5 years.
GOUDINI SHIRAZ 2018
Pale ruby in colour. Open fruity palate which is soft and smooth. Not too dry with hints of tannin on the tongue for a lingering savoury finish.
COMPLIMENTARY SOUP: Red Onion and Beef Marmelade Soup
DEETLEFS WINE ESTATE
Deetlefs Wine Estate is located below the Du Toitskloof Mountains in the Breedekloof and is the third oldest South African wine estate under the ownership of the same family. Nicolaas Johannes came to De Grootte Eiland in the Goudini-area between 1816 to 1822 where Deetlefs is now situated. His son built the main homestead in 1863 and together with his children, the first winery was established. Deetlefs was registered as a wine estate in November 1977, new vines were planted and production over the next 19 years.
DEETLEFS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
Very light green colour. Tropical new world Sauvignon Blanc. Good balance between herbaceous and tropical aromas. Kiwi-, grape- and passion fruit are in abundance on the nose. The wine has a very drinkable palate with zippy fresh grapefruit acidity.
DEETLEFS CHENIN BLANC 2016
Light lemon yellow colour. Intense aromas of lime, nectarine, green apple with hints of quince and apricots. Fresh green apple acidity on entry. Well rounded middle pallet. Lime nectarine and apricots, ending with subtle, sweet nutty flavours of roasted hazelnut and dried apricots.
DEETLEFS PINOTAGE 2015
A rich, royal blackberry colour with a gentle smokiness on the nose and voluptuous berry fruit on the palate.
DEETLEFS MERLOT 2015
Good depth of colour and rich plummy smoothness with chocolate cherry flavours and hints of mint complete this full bodied wine.
DEETLEFS STONECROSS MALBEC 2017
Intense dark purple colour. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violets, liquorice and ripe plums. This medium bodied wine has a velvety tannin structure with a good fruity finish.
DEETLEFS STONECROSS CHENIN BLANC 2018
Very light lemon colour, with yellow hue. Wine has aromas of Apricots, Golden Delicious apples and fresh lime juice on the nose and palate.
COMPLIMENTARY SOUP: Beetroot, Ginger and Coconut Soup
BERGSIG WINE ESTATE
Appropriately named Bergsig, meaning “Mountain View “, the estate is nestled on the slopes where the towering Drakenstein and Hex River Mountains meet. This family farm was established in 1843, and is one of only a few wine estates in the Breedekloof district.
BERGSIG CHENIN BLANC 2019
Lively tropical fruit aromas dominated by golden apple and pineapple flavours with a tingly acid mouth sparkle. Enjoy with white meat, fish or creamy pasta.
BERGSIG SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
Bergsig Sauvignon Blanc has the appetite appeal of crunchy summer fruits with a vein of lemony freshness. The ideal food partner on a hot summers day.
BERGSIG CHARDONNAY BARREL FERMENTED 2017
Straw yellow. Layered and complexed with aromas of lime and fresh lemon. Flavour of freshly baked bread, hints of wood. Smooth wine with a lingering aftertaste.
BERGSIG GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2017
This wine offers aromatic rose petal perfume, enhanced by the aromas of litchis and Turkish delight. The palate is fresh fruity and beautifully balanced, finishing off-dry.
BERGSIG PINOTAGE 2016
Intensely perfumed, cedar-toned plums and dark berries, backed by a smooth-textured tannin structure.
COMPLIMENTARY SOUP: Chocolate Soup
It’s a fun event for the whole family. If you have missed out on this year’s event, make sure you don’t miss Soetes and Soup 2020.