In the Black Forest it is slowly but surely getting cold and wet. There already once wanderlust arises and one would like to have nevertheless most dear sun, sea, mountains around itself. We can't move mountains but we can offer a taste of the "French Corner" in South Africa.
When the Huguenots were driven out of France in the 17th century, they found a new home in South Africa. The name of the Franschhoek wine-growing region means something like "Frenchman's Corner". Most of the wineries there are run by descendants of the founding fathers.
In a rather cool and humid climate, but protected by the surrounding mountain ranges, white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon or Chardonnay thrive, red wines from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or Pinotage. The best sites in this small valley, surrounded on three sides by mountains, are on south-facing slopes where sun exposure and drainage are better than in flat sites. The soils in this growing area in South Africa are mainly sandstone, but there are also granite soils in places.
Under the direction of the Friedmann family, who founded the Môreson winery in 1986, and winemaker Clayton Reabow, the Môreson estate in Franschhoek produces wines of absolute world class. Incidentally, Môreson means "morning sun." Clayton Reabow gained experience in renowned wineries, including Grande Provence, Distell and L`Avenir Vineyards, as well as in France Château de Fleur du Bouard in Lalande Pomerol and in Germany on the Mosel. However, Franschhoek or Môreson is known not only for dry white wine and red wine, but also for its sparkling wines, which are marketed under the name "Cap Classique". As a rule, the two classic Champagne vines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are used for these sparkling wines.
We can warmly offer the following selection from Franschhoek, to match our Autumn menu:
- 2015 Meractor Chardonnay
- 2015 Cabernet Franc
- 2015 Pinotage
Three powerhouses that live up to their origins.