The West Coast Way Foodie Route’s Wine Gem is Ormonde Private Cellar.
You can’t visit Darling without enjoying a Wine Tasting Experience at Ormonde Wines, a farm that prides itself on creating wines that offer characteristics of their environment. They’re passionate about Darling and believe in making wines that showcase the area.
We arrived during one of the biggest storms that Cape Town had seen in a while. We were half way through taking pictures of the beautiful swans grazing the lawn when there was a downpour, and we ran to get inside. Lucky for us, being indoors just meant that we could start our wine tasting – the perfect antidote for a rainy day. The electricity might have gone off, but the wine helped us forget about the weather outside.
Wine Tasting Experience at Ormonde Wines
We met with co-owner, Berinda Basson, who was kind enough to create a special wine tasting for us. She explained their love affair with Darling and Yzerfontein, and how the mist that rolls off the sea, creates the perfect environment to produce such beautiful wines.
We started off our Wine Tasting Experience at Ormonde Wines with two white wines. Chip Off the Old Block Sauvignon Blanc (a name I adored), is a single vineyard wine, which offers a more fruity, tropical flavor. It has elements of fig and gooseberry. It was fresh and smooth, and easy to drink. The Ondine, Sauvignon Blanc, is a great wine to showcase the grapes in the area. It has elements of asparagus that comes through, it has a more complex earthy flavour. Berinda described the wine like a ballet – it’s elegant and beautiful, but, in order to produce this, a lot of hard work went on behind the scenes.
Once we were finished with the whites, we went onto the reds. We tried a few different varieties, and we enjoyed them all. It’s unusual to try so many different types of wines, and to enjoy each one of them. But that’s what Ormonde is all about – their wines are delicate, intricate, and yet easy to drink. My personal favourite (of which I immediately bought a bottle of), was the Ondine Cabernet Franc. It’s 100% Cabernet Franc, and by far the most interesting of all the wines I tasted that day. It has a unique character, which is soft, friendly and fruity, and a wine I could imagine enjoying at any occasion.
After our tasting, we headed outside, and saw that the storm had passed. It had now turned into the perfect afternoon for us to enjoy one of the best artisanal platters I’ve ever eaten. An array of local delicacies, including pate, cheese, meats, and bread. Due to the power outage, we were unable to try some of the cooked meals, but it wasn’t necessary at all. The platter was delicious and filling and perfect for our Wine Tasting Experience at Ormonde Wines.
We’re looking forward to going back again. We have our eye on the chocolate pairing next, but I’m almost certain we’ll stay long enough to have another food platter too.
Also, the name Christine is important to the owners, and if you have a look at the back of the Cabernet Franc, you’ll see why. So naturally, I now feel an affinity towards Ormonde that will keep me coming back. Book your own Wine Tasting Experience at Ormonde Wines the next time you are in Darling!
Distance from Cape Town: 76km
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Written by Christine Bernard Photography by Warren Bernard
Photos by Warren Bernard (www.flatwhiteimages.com)
West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. South Africans and visitors can explore a unique collection of themed routes to do adventure-filled Cape West Coast self-drive trips or a West Coast Holiday. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Scenic Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route – as well as the newly launched West Coast Way Wild Route, all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many. For more information on West Coast Way’s #WestCoastTwist and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit www.westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.