Book now for the first-ever Che Syrah Syrah wine experience, when we'll cast the spotlight on our portfolio of unique Syrah wines in the newly converted Landscape Cellar. This rare showcase, which includes a hearty country-inspired lunch complete with crackling fires and cosy comforts, takes place for one day only, on Saturday, 28 July.
The title for this winter wine event ‘on-the-koppie’ – Che Syrah, Syrah* (what will be, will be), a term made famous by the 1950s Doris Day song – in this context refers to nature’s immutable sway over the vine as well as the calibre of terroir ingrained in every Gabriëlskloof Syrah.
Gabriëlskloof is situated just outside Bot River, a region that is home to some of the country’s finest expressions of Syrah wine. Syrah also makes up the largest portion of plantings at the estate itself and was the inspiration for Gabriëlskloof’s two Landscape Syrahs, which highlight the diversity of terroir.
Che Syrah, Syrah will offer an even closer look at our Syrah "story" from both stylistic and terroir perspectives, from the old school days of Swartrivier Shiraz to the emergence of the Landscape Syrahs. It bears testimony to excellent wine that has moved in style from being dense and oak-driven, to refined and terroir-inspired.
This is about our journey to find the best sites on the farm, the best clones, and which combination of those two do best and provide the best wine. It is about the process of learning to farm with the land; about working towards a balance between growth and fruit; and, about the refinement that has led us ultimately to our best wines for the Landscape Series.
The Che Syrah, Syrah programme will see guests welcomed at 11:00 on the day with a tasting of older wines, a few international gems and Gabriëlskloof’s current and future offerings; and, first-hand insight provided on walkabout through the Landscape Cellar, led by owner Bernard Heyns, cellarmaster Peter-Allan Finlayson and winemaker Donovan Ackermann.
This will be followed by a wholesome feast prepared specially by Gabriëlskloof Restaurant chef Frans Groenewald and paired with Syrah in its many shapes and forms. Between a sizzling selection of homemade soups and cold-dispelling dessert, the meal’s main attraction will be a sumptuous lamb stew, true to its Overberg roots.
At only R450pp, the ticket price includes the Syrah tasting in the Landscape Cellar and the winter feast paired with wines. It is essential to book for the Gabriëlskloof Che Syrah Syrah event as soon as possible.