Sunny 2014 Harvest Tasting for the Professional South African Wine Trade
On March 3rd the first Aaldering harvest tasting for the professional South African wine trade took place on the Aaldering Estate. Our guests, amongst others Joakim Hansi Blackadder from Rust & Vrede, Alex von Ulmenstein from Delaire Graff and Siobhan Thompson, the new CEO of WOSA, enjoyed a harvest tasting focusing on what our terroir brings to the wines. Therefore especially considerable time was spent in the cellar, where our winemaker Dustin Osborne performed many tastings from the fermenting tanks and barrels, such as the Aaldering Sauvignon Blanc 2014 free run juice, pressed juices and wild ferment.
A similar tasting was done with the Aaldering Chardonnay 2014, with the addition of the wild ferment from new oak, a 300L Damy from the French forest Allier to be precise, and considered a favorite. Next stop indoors was the barrel room for a pre-sampling of the 2012 reds, with Merlot and Shiraz surprising many guests which particularly know us for our flagship Pinotage, now finding out there´s even more to like.
In the relaxed setting of our tasting room, the entire Aaldering range of current vintages was being examined and discussed thoroughly, with Dustin explaining our winemaking philosophy moving forward and leaving the guests with lots of excitement.