Mulderbosch retains its authentic charm after revamp
As I grew up on a neighbouring farm to Mulderbosch, I have always had a soft spot for the property. Lately I have been hearing amazing feedback about the transformation that they underwent since it was bought by Terroir Capital, a California-based investment consortium a couple of years ago. To my disappointment it took me nearly six months to investigate for myself and had I known what I know now, I would have been there a lot sooner.
So much has changed, but all the great factors that kept visitors coming back before the revamp have been retained. One of them is Kobus Germishuys, the charismatic tasting room manager who boasts a following almost as big as the exceptional Mulderbosch wines do! Kobus loves his job and it shows; his enthusiasm about the Mulderbosch brand is contagious, and not without reason.
The Tasting Room’s atmosphere is simple but chic. I visited on a cold day and fires were roaring while visitors were sipping away on wine and nibbling on delectable pizzas. The food offering is kept simple with a choice between a cheese & charcuterie platter or thin, flatbread-type pizzas with fresh toppings selected to complement the range of Mulderbosch wines. Pizzas cost R75 each and are cooked rustic-style in an outdoor wood-burning oven.
The cheese & charcuterie platter is served with fresh bread and includes Chevre, Camembert, La Beryl, Huguenot and Gorgonzola cheeses, biltong and Parma Ham, olives, mixed nuts, fig and quince jam and olive paste. The platter sells for R120 and the serving is generous enough for four people.
I enjoyed the relaxed, non snobby and child-friendly atmosphere, but the true beauty of this place still lie in the exceptional wines that they produce. Some of the highlights I tasted included a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, brimful of guava and passion fruit flavours, selling for R75 per bottle; the 2011 Chenin Blanc with inviting melon and apricot aromas, selling for a very reasonable R59 per bottle; and to my surprise I also loved the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, seeing that I am not a Rose fan at all! The Rose sells for R49 a bottle and boasts beautiful strawberry aromas. It was the decadent 2009 barrel fermented Chardonnay that bowled me over though with its rich, velvety and perfect balance. If you want to drink white wine during winter, this is a perfect choice. The Chardonnay is not cheap, selling for R199 per bottle, but well worth every cent.
The 2009 Faithfull Hound is a seamless, full bodied Cabernet based blend and I am delighted to report the wine went down a lot “happier” than the story that inspired the name! Apparently Faithful Hound is about a dog whose master abandoned him outside a cottage on the Mulderbosch farm. The loyal dog waited for his return outside that cottage door for many years and unfortunately passed away “unrewarded for his loyalty”. The Faithful Hound sells for R120 per bottle from the cellar door and like the story, the Faithful Hound will always come through for you!
If you are not in the mood for wine tasting, Mulderbosch also sells specially selected beers from &Union and Coopers Brewery. The beers are for sale everyday and available for tasting over weekends.
* The Tasting Room at Mulderbosch is open on Mondays to Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, visit www.mulderbosch.co.za or call 021 881 8140, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @mulderboschv