Kloovenburg Wines at Women of Wine SA Festival
… with their Eight Feet Red – picked and stomped by a Springbok!
Wine Menu’s Women of Wine SA festival (#WoWSA), which takes place on Sunday, August 12 at the Candlewoods Boutique Venue in Centurion, will feature the wines, spirits and beers made by some of South Africa’s top women wine, spirit and beer makers. Included in this esteemed group, are the wines of Kloovenburg’s Jolandie Fouché, which will comprise her Blanc de Noir NV, Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and her Grenache Noir 2017.
But perhaps the estate’s flagship wine that will be available for tasting is the Eight Feet Red 2015 which is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan, and which Fouche says “showcases the Riebeekberg terroir the best.”
Interestingly, the name ‘Eight Feet’ is derived from a family occasion as it originally involved Kloovenburg owner Pieter du Toit’s four sons. Says du Toit: “My boys were always playing around the cellars and in the vineyards and loved to follow me around and watch me work. So back in 2003, I thought it would be a nice thing to get them involved – a good opportunity for some father-son bonding. So I let them pick some grapes, stomp them in a couple of barrels and we made some wine! My wife suggested calling it ‘Eight Feet’ to remind us all of that happy family time we had together.”
Even more interesting is that one of those boys – Pieter Steph Du Toit (now 25) – has grown up to become one of our top Springbok rugby players, while younger brother Johan (23) plays Super Rugby for the Stormers. The two siblings who make up the other “four feet” are Anton (20) and Daniël (19) who were five and four at the time.
Kloovenburg’s wines are just a hint of what can be expected at the Women of Wine SA festival which has been described by organiser Corlien Morris of Wine Menu as “the biggest show of its kind,” with many of the female producers present at the festival to discuss and show off their products.
Other wines at the festival include superb Méthode Cap Classiques such as Dainty Bess by Jane Ferreira Eedes, Genevieve by Melissa Nelson, Saltare’s Brut Nature MCC, Brut Reserve MCC and Brut Blanc de Blancs MCC 2014 and Huis van Chevallerie Filia Mg.
Also, there on the day will be wines by Catherine Marshall, Hogan wines (Jocelyn Wilson), Swartland’s Huis van Chevallerie (Christa von La Chevallerie), Illimis wines (Lucinda Heyns), Franschhoek’s La Bri (Irene de Fleuriot), Lismore wines (Samantha O’Keefe), Mont Blois (Nina-Mari Bruwer), Saltare (Carla Pauw), TSW Signature Wines (Trizanne Barnard), Vergenoegd (Marlize Jacobs) and Somerset West’s Waterkloof (Nadia Barnard).
WoWSA will also feature Hope on Hopkins gin and Hopkins Esperanza (both made by Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk and the letter their take on tequila), and craft beer made by Jéanri Nel from Durbanville Wine Valley’s Hoogeberg Brewery, with her Ystervark Lager, Hefe Weiss and Bontebok Five Crops.
A selection of foods and soft drinks will be available to purchase and attendees can either book at table to enjoy their lunch or bring along a blanket and picnic on the lawn. Entertainment will be provided for the children.
Please note no food or drink will be permitted to be brought on site.