Lothian Vineyards is a breathtaking family-owned and managed wine estate in the equally breathtaking Elgin Valley, but before I get to the wine, I must mention the stunning, luxurious Lothian House, which offers accommodation for up to 16 guests. Situated on the banks of the Palmiet River the sumptuous décor, numerous indoor and outdoor entertainment areas and state of the art facilities mean you will never want to leave. In fact, it was shortlisted as a location for a recent James Bond movie!
It’s available for family (or friends) holidays, business conferences and intimate weddings for up to 80 guests. To see how truly magnificent it is, we suggest heading on over to the gallery on the Lothian website. We’ll wait.
Onto the wine. Lothian produces a Riesling, Chardonnay, Dessert Wine and the Pinot Noir. Pinot originates in France, but is made by an ever-increasing number of South African estates. That said, crafting a really good Pinot Noir can be quite challenging and is often referred to as the “heart-break grape” by winemakers. But with Lothian’s 2011 Pinot Noir picking up silver at last year’s Decanter Word Wine Awards, we can safely say it’s one of the notable ones.
> […] has a bouquet abounding with ripe strawberry, blood-orange, white pepper, nutmeg and floral notes. The Pinot Noir’s medium-bodied palate is a mixture of sour black cherry, ripe strawberry and tobacco spice, with undertones of weathered leather – all of which are tempered with fine oak, mineral and savoury flavours. Carefully cellared, this Cape wine will develop in complexity for well in excess of a decade. When young it will partner perfectly with roast quail, duck and cherry pie, cured meats or fine cheeses.
By now, you probably want to taste and buy some, right?
Wine tasting at Lothian is usually by appointment, but it just so happens that this Saturday, 6 April, is another in the popular series of Elegantly Elgin Open Wine Weekends and the varietal focus is the Pinot Noir. Which means you can pop into Lothian anytime between 10am and 4pm to breathe in some exhilarating country air, have a swim, play some croquet or just relax and taste (and pick up a few bottles of) some really good Pinot Noir.
While you’re in the area you may want to check out a couple of the other 16 participating estates. Details and a map can be found here.
Finally, make sure to diarise Saturday, 4 May, when the Elgin Wine Valley once again throws its doors open to the public with excellent wine, great food, entertainment and fun at the inaugural Elgin Cool Climate & Country Festival. You can find details here.
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