The tasting will feature the wines of Val du Charron.
We will enjoy the following wines:
Alphaea Silk Rose
Reserve Pinot Gris
Black Countess SMG
Otherwise here is some background. There is no booking required so see you next week.
Background | Val du Charron Wines
In 2006, the Entwistle Family purchased the 45 Ha farm in the historic Bovlei valley, ten minutes from the town
of Wellington, and under an hour’s drive from Cape Town and re-established the winemaking tradition that
started there back in 1699.
The Entwistles christened the farm Val du Charron as a tribute to the rich history and culture of the area. Val du
Charron means Valley of the Wagonmakers. This was the original name of the Wellington Valley. The French
influence stems from the Huguenots who settled in the area in the early 1700’s while the reference to the wagon
making refers to the fact that Wellington was the last town where the Afrikaner’s ox wagons could be serviced
before heading over the majestic Bainskloof into the then-unknown hinterland.
In 2012, Val du Charron itself became an Estate label i.e. all wines under the Val du Charron labels are bottled,
produced and come from vines grown on the farm itself; thus giving a pure expression of the terroir to be found
on Val du Charron’s southerly facing slopes.
Summary of plantings
Hectares under vine 21.3
Number of varietals 16
Main plantings Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay
Cellar capacity 400 ton
Red & White Varietal Split 60% red | 40% white
Val du Charron Reserve Collection Chardonnay
Theatre of Wine Four White Legs
Val du Charron is one of the most beautiful farms set against the hills in the Bovlei valley. Not only does the
sheer beauty astound, but also the huge potential of our natural resources … all the vineyards are on southern
facing slopes, rich red soils and a whole bouquet of varietals, 16 to be exact, from Merlot to Touriga Nacional,
from thirty-year-old Chenin blanc to Pinot Gris. Why so many different cultivars?
We strongly believe in blending! Of course, we have the individual super stars that form our Reserve collection
like a collection of arias but with all the different varietals combined we have a composition which is more
complex, richer, finer, more finessed and more unique than any cultivar on its own.
We frequently quote Fabrice Langlois, winemaker of Chateau Beaucastel and a very good friend: “A blend is
much like a symphony orchestra where you have all the various sections … the crisp woodwinds, the solid brass
instruments, the rhythmic percussion and the elegant strings … on their own they are instruments, but together
under the hand of the conductor, a symphony