Wine farm 45 is Montpellier de Tulbagh!
I have rated this wine farm experience 5 star.
What a lovely place to relax in a garden. Montpellier was actually founded by two French men in the town of Montpellier (France). In fact, Montpllier means “Spyseniersberg” or “Chef’s Mountain”. When you drive onto the farm, you will see a beautiful chapel on the hill and this is a wonderful venue for country weddings. Montpellier’s homestead is now a National Monument and stands as an outstanding example of the Cape Dutch architecture
ACTIVITIES and OTHER AMENITIES:
- Wine tasting – R45 per person for 7 wines. Cheese platters and light meals also available.
- Weddings & functions
WHEN TO GO: All year round as there is a great indoor fireplace but better in the summer due to the great gardens!
Montpellier Wine Estate
Tel: (023) 230 0656
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? Yes! Bring the kids and pets! There are plenty of kids and pets around the farm.
LOCATION: About a 2 hour drive from Cape Town so why not stay the night and make a weekend of it. Google Map
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Here is my experience:
I wasn’t expecting to visit any farms on my short visit to Tulbagh but because I was a little early to check into the hotel, I decided to visit at least one.
This farm is very close to the main town.
There was plenty of parking and the grounds were well looked after.
The old manor house is really beautiful and takes you right back into history.
The decor inside is also very ornate and welcoming.
I opted to sit outside and we were looked after by Emanuel.
It is R45 to taste 7 wines. You should also pick up a wine map of Tulbagh so you know how to get around the different farms.
I started off with the Chenin Blanc 2016 which is a Gold Wine Award Winner 2016. Just like most Chenin Blancs, I could pick up tropical fruit. On the palate it was crisp and light. For me more like guava and lime. Some would taste melon too. R65 a bottle.
Next up was the Spyseniersbeg Sauvignon Blanc 2015. I could immediately smell gooseberries and many would pick up grassy notes too. On the palate it was crisp in high acidity and ended of with a full mouth feel. R75 a bottle. Isn’t this label just so divine!
Onto the bubbles! The Brut Rosé 2012 is made from Pinot Noir grapes resulting in a lovely strawberry nose. 11.57% alcohol and 5.8 sugar. It has a good acidity and the bubbles are medium and not so intense. It would be a great MCC to pair with oysters.
The Brut Chardonnay MCC 2011 is great! 3 years on the lees, 120.7% alcohol and 4.8g sugar. I enjoyed this dry MCC with good hints of oak from the Chardonnay. You should pick up notes of apricot on the nose but all MCC smell the same to me. I just smell the bubbles 🙂
Onto the reds! This is the Montpellier Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. It has spent 12 months in French Oak Barrels and was oh so berry on the palate with hints of pencil shavings on the nose. R160 a bottle.
In between tastings, I went for a walk in the garden and it was so nice to sit in these swing chairs!
There is even a function room in the garden which is quite rustic.
The views from the stoep are so relaxing!
This is the Bordeaux blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 25% Petit Verdot which was individually oaked for 12 months.
My absolute favourite was the Shiraz 2011. It has been awarded as one of the top 20 wines in South Africa. It’s R200 a bottle and so worth it! Think dark chocolate and coffee. It tasted almost like a roasted, salty caramel to me. Spicy berries, dry yet very soft of the palate.
Why not stay the night 🙂 Prices vary between R1000 and R2000 a night. Aren’t these rooms lovely!
So which farm will be next? 🙂