We visited Druk My Niet Wine Estate for a media event two weeks ago and I was completely blown away by the strength and perserverance within the owners of the estate, as well as the winemaker, in rebuilding the estate and restoring it in order to welcome the public back again.
On the 9th January 2017, just over a year ago, a devasting fire destroyed a large portion of the wine estate. The owners, Dorothee and Georg Kirchner lost their home, the three guest cottages at the top of the farm, the cellar and the farm foreman’s cottage. The winemaker, Alexandra McFarlane, also lost her vines for the pending season.
Luckily, they were the right people for such an event to happen to (if you know what I mean), because they showed such resilience in their determination to rebuild the farm. Alexandra got stuck into making a small quantity of Merlot Rosé, and C68 Chenin Blanc, by using some of the grapes from a neighbouring farm.
In the months that followed the cottages were rebuilt and the cellar was restored just in time for the 2018 harvest. Only time will tell what the long-term impact of the fire will be, but in the meantime, there are some lekker wines to taste!
We had our tasting in their beautiful tasting room (see below).
The view from the room is lovely, although the weather was a bit miserable on the day we went. When we arrived, we each had a glass of MCC (see below) and it was humbling to look at the beautiful surroundings – you almost can’t quite believe there was such a massive fire last year.
We got to have a quick tour of the (new) cellar. It was pleasing to see how well they are doing. On the right of the cellar, are the stainless steel tanks, and, on the left, are the wine barrels.
They also have ceramic tanks!
After the quick tour, we went back to the tasting room to get ready for our wine tasting and lunch. The tables were set so beautifully! (See below)
First, we tasted the T3 from 2011, 2012 and 2013 (made by the previous winemaker). The T3 is a blend of Tinta Amarella, Tempranillo and Tannat – all relatively new varietals to me. Druk My Niet makes these ‘unusual’ varieties as it suits the soil types in that part of Paarl. I liked the fact that we were able to compare the three vintages and I found that I enjoyed the 2012 one the most.
We then got to taste Alexandra’s 2018 wines (the three varietals plus the T3) and these were truly great! Although very young, I can imagine that they will turn out beautifully. The T3 especially, was good. It has a more ‘feminine’’ touch than the previous vintages as it is fruity and has a delicious red berry taste, perhaps due to the larger percentage of Tannat being present. I cannot wait for this bottle to be ready for drinking! I think Alexandra is doing marvelous things!
After our tasting, we started our lunch. (Check out the menu below). This type of food is right up my alley, so I really enjoyed it! The first course was paired with the Chenin Blanc (see below right).
The first course was a Trio of Tuna (see below) and it was super tasty and paired really well with the Chenin Blanc.