The annual Elgin Festival is a haven for lovers of great cool-climate wines and country-style food with flair that took place on 27-28 April 2019.
The Elgin Valley which has long been regarded as the apple and pear centre of South Africa, now has some of the country’s most highly regarded winemakers establishing vineyards in the area, testament to its excellent and meticulous winemaking potential.
On the banks of the Palmiet River lies Lothian Vineyards and the architectural marvel that is Lothian House. It’s a slice of paradise and a piece of heaven. Lothian Vineyards is a class all on its own!
A natural-looking infinity pool surrounded by decking overlooks a pond tucked in between vineyards of riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir and rosé.
The house itself is absolutely luxurious and an architectural masterpiece. Its design allows for absolute privacy and impeccable indulgence. With 360 degree views of the picturesque Elgin Valley and an abundance of exciting features and facilities, Lothian House is for those who want it all and more.
Lothian’s Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and dry Riesling are grown in ideal conditions, thanks to a cool climate created by mountain shadows, south facing vineyards and breezes from the river and nearby ocean.
Gavin and Ewen’s dedication to excellence is reflected in their authentic and traditionalist approach to Burgundian-style winemaking and their choice of winemaker, world renowned Master of Wine, Richard Kershaw.
LOTHIAN ISOBEL MOURVÈDRE ROSÉ 2017
Made from 100% Mourvèdre, this dry Rosé displays lifted aromas of strawberry, pomegranate and red currants. Bracing acidity, white pepper and lively red berries that would pair well with charcuterie and roast meats.
Originally from Scotland, the Wilson family hail from three generations of Cape winemakers, having grown up on their grandmother’s Rust en Vrede vineyard in the 1950’s and 60’s. Hence the name on the bottle – Isobel.
LOTHIAN CHARDONNAY 2017
A light golden chardonnay that has peaches, pears and apple notes in abundance, topped off with nutty and butterscotch aromas. Medium weighted with excellent texture and acidity. Crisp with a long dry finish this wine balances characters of pure fruit with creamy mouth filling complexity.
LOTHIAN RIESLING 2018
At first it is one of light yellow citrus, lemon and grapefruit but moves gradually to the crisp notes of a granny smith apple. The wine’s appearance is clear, bright with a pale yellow gold colour. The nose is subtle with hints of pine needles and gooseberries. The acidity gives the wine long length and clean finish.
LOTHIAN PINOT NOIR 2017
This 100% Pinot Noir bursts with violets, black cherry and star anise. Succulent on the palate, there is a core of fruit underpinned by lively acidity wrapped in flavours of black plum, raspberry and some savoury elements with soothing tannins. The Pinot Noir is light in colour. This wine smells of raspberries, strawberries, cedar and cherry aromas. In the mouth this wine is smooth and notes of vibrant acidity and cherry fruit fills the length of the taste.
Looking for an excuse to escape the city and replenish your soul in the quiet splendour of nature, this is the place to be. You’ve got to see this place! Straight out of a James Bond movie.
Information and Bookings:
Tel: 021 859 9901