Rising from the ashes at Druk my Niet

It has been a few years since I visited Druk my Niet - up on the Paarl mountains above Nederburg on the way to Wellington.

The farm was gutted a few years ago by a terrible fire - and owner Dorothee Kirchner was lucky to get out of their home alive, just managing to grab her dogs and car keys!

So it really is wonderful to see how they have restored the farm and built a new tasting room, and extended their range to include a Rose also made from the T3 varieties; 49% Tempranillo | 46% Tannat | 5% Tinta Amarella which has done well in the Rose Rocks competition.

Their new winemaker, Alet Vlok, joined this year, after a considerable tutelage under Abrie Beeslaar at Kanonkop, and showcased her first wine at Druk My Niet with the C68 Chenin Blanc. A zesty wine made from grapes sourced from 2 vineyards, one planted in 1962, and the other in 1968, matching the tuna ceviche beautifully.

The event was catered admirably by TamatieStraat from Stellenbosch, with plenty of courses matching the portfolio of wines and Druk my Niet is one of the few wineries to hold on to their wines when they are old enough to be released, so many of the wines we sampled were considerably older than one normally is exposed to.

My favourite was the rich Invictus 2016 Bordeaux Blend paired with a deliciously fatty Bovelder Club steak with roasted beets and duck fat chips - just scrummy!