Mellasat April Newsletter

Mellasat April Newsletter
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Our newsletter is a bit late this month but better late than never. The main reason for this is that we were harvesting our Cabernet Sauvignon on the 30th and 31st of March. We have now finished harvesting all the grapes and are now only waiting for the Cabernet to complete fermentation, the pressing and then most of the physical work is done.

There is still quite a bit of work in the cellar with white wines that need to be racked (taken off the fermentation lees) and transferred to barrel for maturation.

In summary, the harvest was good and we had excellent quality, however the yields were down. This was a trend in our region, and it did create some logistical issues. One must choose the fermentation vessel before processing the grapes and, if there is not a lot of juice, then the juice ferments in vessels that are too big. Luckily, nothing can go wrong during fermentation, but once it is finished one has to work fast to get the wine safely in barrel or smaller stainless-steel tanks. This applies mainly to white wine as red wine is more forgiving at this stage, and we have enough barrels for our premium wines to mature and develop.

We can now also start focussing on wine festivals, shows and tastings, and the first on the list is the Pinotage & Biltong Festival.

Pinotage & Biltong Festival, 23rd and 24th April 2022

Get your purple and white outfits ready, round up some friends and don’t miss this year’s Pinotage and Biltong Festival at Perdeberg Cellar after a two-year absence.

The festival takes place on Saturday 23 April and Sunday 24 April from 11h00-16h00.

Mellasat Vineyards is once again taking part together with various other wineries. Different styles of Pinotage will be available for tasting, and for sale, ranging from the traditional red variants to rosé, bubblies, dessert wines and our very own White Pinotage. Each winery will have one wine paired with a Biltong flavour.

Food trucks, music, a kiddie’s play area and other stalls and eats make it a day to remember out in the Winelands.

For more information on the festival contact Bjorn at CVO Marketing bjorn@cvomarketing.co.za or visit www.cvomarketing.co.za

Don’t miss this year’s festival - the Mellasat team is looking forward to seeing you there!

Easter is also suddenly knocking at our door!

We are open on the Easter Weekend - Saturday from 09:30 – 17:30, Sunday and Monday from 10:00- 16:00. As it’s Easter, why don’t you bring your family for an Easter picnic. Enjoy the outdoors and a delicious picnic in our garden.

A picnic basket for two is R449.00 and some of the scrumptious food includes Lentil Bobotie Tartlets, Biltong Cheesecake Wraps, Basil Peso Pasta Salad, Moroccan Carrot Salad, Charcuterie selection, Cheese selection and our home-made relish with crackers and marinated olives. And to round off the picnic, Speckled Easter Egg Chocolate Squares. A bottle of our Dekker’s Valley Range (Seraphic, Rosé, Revelation or Shiraz) is also included.

Book now to avoid disappointment. No groups larger than 8 per group. Booking is essential.

For more information contact our tasting room at 021 862 4525 or email: tastingroom@mellasat.com

Why not stock up on some delicious wine for Easter - our Cellarmaster put together mixed cases for your enjoyment

Dekker's Valley mixed case - (x6) R545

2 x Dekker's Valley Seraphic 2021
2 x Dekker's Valley Shiraz Rosé 2021
2 x Dekker's Valley Revelation N/V

A Taste of Mellasat White - (x6) R699

1 x Viognier 2018 (91 points Viognier Challenge)
1 x White Pinotage 2019
1 x Chardonnay 2018
3 x Dekker's Valley Seraphic 2021

A Taste of Mellasat Red - (x6) R1025

1 x Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
1 x Tempranillo 2018
2 x Dekker's Valley Shiraz 2018
2 x Dekker's Valley Revelation NV (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, Tempranillo)

A Taste of Mellasat Mixed case - (x12) R1800

1 x Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
1 x Tempranillo 2018
1 x Viognier 2018
2 x White Pinotage 2019
1 x Chardonnay 2018
2 x Dekker's Valley Seraphic 2021
1 x Dekker's Valley Shiraz Rosé 2021
1 x Dekker's Valley Shiraz 2018
2 x Dekker's Valley Revelation N/V

Email Elzaan should you require any information on any of the wines or place your order – all orders of 12 bottles or more will be delivered for free.

Wine of the Month

It is International Viognier Day on the 29th April 2022. Our Mellasat Viognier 2018 is one of the Gold Medallists of the 2021 Viognier Challenge, after a blind tasting by a respected judging panel audited to internationally accepted standards.

Our 2018 Viognier is delicious, fermented in a combination of Romanian and French oak and matured for 11 months. The wine is filled with yellow cling peaches, ripe apricots, orange blossoms and spice. Available for R190 per bottle.

Our Seraphic 2021 is also available and this blend is 40% Chardonnay, 30% Viognier and 30% Chenin Blanc. The Viognier adds fruit and depth to the blend. Available for R90.00 per bottle - an absolute steal!

Happy Easter! If you are going away over the Easter Weekend, please drive safely.

The Mellasat Team

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