We spent our Heritage Day wine tasting at Rickety Bridge Winery. Lucky us! They have a modern wine tasting area where you can either sit indoors (see below left) or outdoors (see below right). The outside area actually has two levels. The lower one, pictured below, is right on the grass area, which is great if you have kids. You get to relax and sip your wine, while you can clearly see them playing on the grass. We chose to sit on the upper level - it's more sheltered from the wind, and it was quite a miserable day when we visited.
We chose to do Rickety Bridge's Premium Tasting, which is R40 for 5 wines. I'm more of a white wine person, unless the red is really good, so I normally taste more white wines.
This time, I opted for these 3 from the Rickety Bridge Range:
- Sauvignon Blanc (see below left)
- Chenin Blanc
And these two from Paulina's Reserve Range:
- Cabernet Sauvignon (see below right)
I particularly enjoyed the last two. The Semillon was really lovely. I think it would be an awesome summery wine. It has citrus and honey flavours and a slightly oak-like taste due to spending a year in French oak barrels. It costs R130 a bottle and I reckon it would pair well with seafood.
The Cabernet Sauvignon was my favourite (even though it was a red wine). This wine spent two years aging in French Oak barrels, after the initial fermentation in stainless steel tanks. It had the flavours I love in red wine: red and black berries and a nice oak spice (but not too 'woody'). You can even pick up on the subtle taste of pencil shavings (which sounds weird, but it wasn't). This wine costs R250 per bottle. It's very easy-drinking and would pair well with any red meat - perfect for a nice, South African braai, especially on Heritage Day.
We didn't order a cheese platter this time, as we were going for lunch, but they really did look good! The cheese platter costs R80 and the cheese and charcuterie platter costs R130. I'd recommend you order one of these to share for your table.
Rickety Bridge has some really cool décor around their estate, like their wrought-iron archways and this Wine Rhino (see below). How cool is that? I love the painting of the Manor House!
Speaking of the Manor House, here it is (see below). You can actually stay there for a night or two (which is a great idea if you're doing wine tasting and lunch). They have three, four-star, en-suite rooms which are all designed to have that classic 19th century feel.
The Rickety Bridge estate also has a restaurant, called Paulina's, named after the original owner of the property in 1797, Paulina de Villiers. (Blog post on that to follow!)
As if that isn't enough, they also do weddings!
We really had a great time at Rickety Bridge. You can easily spend a whole day there - wine tasting, lunch and even stay over. The Franschhoek tram also visits the estate, which is an awesome idea for a fun day out with friends.
Contact: +27 (0)21 876 2129
Address: R45, Main Road, Franschhoek, 7690
Star Rating: ****