• Secluded Swimming Pool:

    Secluded Swimming Pool:

    it's fenced in, very private with lots of bird life, loungers, swimming toys, umbrella & a sauna. All fenced in, so safe for our junior guests.
  • Down by the swimming pool:

    Down by the swimming pool:

    surrounded by trees, lovely and private - and a sauna too.
  • Inside-outside verandah:

    Inside-outside verandah:

    a place to BBQ and chat on sunny days and balmy evenings and even in stormy weather.
  • Al fresco dining:

    Al fresco dining:

    after the cooking is done, the long table, fit for all occasions.
  • Open plan living area

    Open plan living area

    Freeflow from kitchen to dining to lounge .
  • well equipped kitchen:

    well equipped kitchen:

    gas stove, fridge, pots 'n pans ... all the essentials for a fine holiday.
  • dining area:

    dining area:

    in-between the kitchen and lounge - so you won't miss a thing!
  • comfy lounge:

    comfy lounge:

    Dstv, Dvd's, music, games and a good selection of holiday reading.
  • freeflow living area:

    freeflow living area:

    open plan view from lounge to kitchen leading out onto the wooden deck.
  • master bedroom:

    master bedroom:

    sunny and light, with en-suite bathroom and views out onto the elephant sanctuary.
  • children's bedroom:

    children's bedroom:

    teddies, toys, games, lots of books and even a dress up box.
  • downstairs :

    downstairs :

    the downstairs, outside bedroom - a quiet haven, a private deck and private views.
  • From the balcony:

    From the balcony:

    And here are the elephants - just across the valley.
  • That Wine Demesne:

    That Wine Demesne:

    According to the Ancient Greeks, the perfect daily intake of wine was 3 cups - approximately 750ml in today's terms.
  • Just planted:

    Just planted:

    Pinot Noir grapes ripening in the sun
  • First Autumn:

    First Autumn:

    a colourful showing
  • Summer ripening ~

    Summer ripening ~

    Dressed in white
  • Bramon Wine Estate:

    Bramon Wine Estate:

    for Tappas lunches and superb wines & bubbly - right next door, literally.
  • Hog Hollow Horse Trails:

    Hog Hollow Horse Trails:

    a splendid way to see all the activities and lunch at the wine estates too.
  • The Elephant Sanctuary:

    The Elephant Sanctuary:

    you can see them from the deck!
  • Monkeyland:

    Monkeyland:

    Not the quietest of animals in the morning, a delightful way to start the day.
  • Birds of Eden:

    Birds of Eden:

    Your dawn chorus ... yes they get up very early.
  • The Cats ...

    The Cats ...

    African cats, Exotic Cats, Hyenas, Zebra - animals abound here at the various sanctuaries.
  • Nature's Valley:

    Nature's Valley:

    the tranquility of the lagoon and river with long sandy beaches.
  • Plettenberg Bay:

    Plettenberg Bay:

    Whales (in season) dolphins (year round), seals, sea, sand and sun ...
  • Robberg Peninsula:

    Robberg Peninsula:

    a magnificent place to walk and wonder.

That Wine Demesne
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Demesne:   (n)/di’mein, di’mi:n –  The Lord’s waste.  Apiece of land attached to the manor and retained by the owner (the Lord) for their own use.

About The Butlers: David has always had a penchant for gardening, he loves trees, and things grow for him. We also both like wine – especially that evening glass after a long day’s work! So one day while we were wandering around our little Demesne, with a glass of excellent vintage and the dogs, he looked across at Bramon Wine Estate and said “what about we do a small field?”  So we nipped across to Peter & Caroline Thorpe (the Thorpe’s of Bramon), had dinner and planned our wine future on a paper table mat and that pretty much sealed it. So easy, that small white piece of paper …

 About the Vineyard:  That Field now boasts 1308 Pinot Noir vines – there was a lot of growth in the first season, both for us and the vines. The vines caTWD robertme through it a lot easier than we did. It is addictive, this growing of vines for the making of wines. So addictive, we decided  to create another area: That Field Too is growing a storm  – 1500 bustling Pinot Noir vines which will be ready for the 2018 season. And, just to add a little lustre, we planted 600 vines in That Other Field in 2016. In total we now have one hectare of Pinot Noir under vines and 2018 will see a further 2200 vines being planted on That’s The Last Field!

About Growing and Producing Wine in the Area: The climate of PletAnton Smal with David Butler That Winetenberg Bay seems to be ideal for Pinot Noir. The vineyard is in an area called The Crags, about twenty kilometres east of Plett. As the name suggests, the area is mountainous and the vines are planted on the edge of a deep gorge.  Fresh sea breezes funnel up the gorge ensuring that temperatures are seldom higher than the low-to-mid twenties and we (and the vines) are spared the intense heat of the Western Cape winelands. The soil is well-suited as for wine production: a fairly thin layer of topsoil over koffieklip and then clay (a profile quite similar to parts of the Hemel and Aarde valley).

About the 2016 Vintage: The first crop had a difficult time: we had 2017 vintagequite a wet spring with consequent mildew problems. The berry size was quite large for Pinot, and we lost a lot of grapes to birds and botrytis. We made a grand total of 577 bottles but despite the difficulties, the verdict from expert opinions (many opinions) has been that this is an excellent beginning.   Young as it is, it displays several of the important characteristics: good legs, exceptional colour, definite structure. The tannins are very gentle. Second-fill barrels were used, so the wood is very light, and the acids are good.

About the 2017 Vintage:  The vines are a year older and are stronger and more uniform. It has been a hot, dry summer and the berries were small and full of flavour. Again, we significantly reduced the crop load so as not to tire the young vines. The yield Is double that of 2016, and this vintage has a whopping 1282 bottles! We harvested earlier this year and the wine is lighter bodied with more red berry notes, hints of forest floor, elegant structure and low tannins.

Pharvest 2017 (7)aying it Forward: We are delighted that That Wine was chosen by the FRIENDS OF KURLAND FOUNDATION to represent the value a small local venture has in long-term support in a poor area: permanent, full-time employment in a learning environment.

This Dutch foundation is run by Marc Schoon at Madiba Travel and Pieter van Rensburg, a local Plettenberg Bay resident.  Through this foundation, funds are raised to run various projects in Kurland Village.  Its aims are ambitious, but simple: uplifting the community, in particular the youth, by developing and improving the welfare of the community.

For further details contact Marc at marc@madibatravel.nl  website: www.madibatravel.nl 

 

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How to prepare That Wine for opening and drinking:  Chill your bottle(s), open (you’ll need a corkscrew) and let it breathe, the longer, the better.

Goes perfectly with good food, good company, a good book and a good walk with the dogs … of course.