Once a year Elim wineries get together and lay on a festival. This year it was held again at Black Oyster Catcher farm. Early arrival guarantees a seat in the shade but who wants to sit with so many good wines and beer to taste, There are also tutored tastings presented by the winemakers. Loads to eat and drink and then some pretty things on the side such as protea arrangements.
The Elim vineyards turn 21 this year and have managed to established a reputation for Sauvignon Blanc in this time. What started initialy with the one label – LandsEnd has grown to a multitude of wines and varietals. Black Oyster Catcher, Strandveld, First Sighting,The Berrio, Giant Periwinkle, Ghost Corner, Lomond, The Drift…the list is growing.
When it comes to red, Syrah dominates and thrives in this Southern coastal wine region. Yes – there are a few Pinot Noirs as well and these are not just for show. These Pinots are good! Good is a euphanism to describe this small wine ward of Elim. Small in size but big in soul and personality.