Aug 2019 -
La Petite Ferme Variation Wine
La Petite Ferme is as celebrated for our wine as we are for our innovative cuisine and deluxe accommodation. Wikus Pretorius, our winemaker, introduces "Variation", the latest addition to his sought-after Winemakers Edition series.
"I have always enjoyed working with Rhone varieties", says Wikus. "It was in 2017 that I got my hands on the right vineyards to make the blend. I want to emphasize what the different varieties grown in different soils can produce. The blend comprises three or more Rhone varieties depending on the vintage hence the name "Variation". I want to highlight each vintage for its specific characteristics. The blend will be different each year, showing us the differences between wines and winemaking styles.
The 2017 vintage consists of 87% Shiraz that was co-fermented with 1% Viognier and aged in 10% new French oak for 10 months. 12% Grenache aged in old French Oak Barrels and Stainless Steel to uphold the purity of fruit. Purple flowers, Violets and rose petals dominate the nose. A medium-bodied palate with fine integrated tannins. The acidity lingers on the palate and highlights the fruit.
I think this wine is excellent to drink now but would benefit from another year in the bottle. Enjoy from now to 2022."
Build up an appetite by taking a guided walk through the provenance of our estate to learn more about Wikus's Winemaker Series. Our Vine Orientation experience takes place on the property and is offered at 10.30 am, noon, 1:30 pm and ultimately, 3.15 pm. Our Wine Guide leads your journey through our estate vineyards and a flight of 6 wines, complemented by delicious canapes. It costs R200 per person for visitors; however, our in-house guests enjoy this as a complimentary value add. Note no under 18-year-olds permitted and a maximum of 6 guests per orientation. Insider's tip: be sure to keep your La Petite Ferme tasting booklet handy. You may need it when ordering your favourite La Petite Ferme wine online here.
Wikus recommends pairing "Variation" with the Venison Shank on the La Petite Ferme Winter Menu.