La Petite Dauphine

La Petite Dauphine

La Petite Dauphine

La Petite Dauphine is a historical working fruit & wine farm with superior accommodation. Situated just two kilometers from the village of Franschhoek “The Gourmet Capital of South Africa” it is in the heart of the Cape Winelands and a playground for diverse interests.

There are 9 suites to choose from – all superbly decorated by our interior design studio. All bedrooms are en-suite with views over dams, sun kissed orchards, vineyards and the breathtaking Franschhoek mountains. Our suites are fully climate controlled, bathrooms have underfloor heating and bedrooms feature cosy fireplaces for those chilly winter nights. You will also find hairdryers, soft gowns, fluffy towels and all other amenities that will make your stay truly unforgettable.

At La Petite Dauphine it is all about astounding scenery, luxurious comfort and absolute convenience. Escape the urban jungle for a superb country break where plum trees line farm lanes and vineyards yield bountiful harvests.

Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest

Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest

Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest

Nobel Late harvest is a term applied to wines made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual. Noble Late harvest is usually an indication of a sweet dessert wine.

Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, is a mold that causes grapes to lose nearly all of their water content. Wines made from botrytis-affected grapes are generally very sweet.

Botrytis cinerea is a fungus that affects many wine grapes and causes them to shrivel into moldy raisins. The fungus responds to the humidity and warmth in the climate and attacks the grapes. As the mold penetrates the skin its spores begin to germinate, causing the water inside to evaporate and the grape to dehydrate. With the absence of water, the sugar becomes more concentrated and the botrytis begins to alter the acidity within the grape.In some years desiccation may occur leaving tiny amount of sweet liquor like juice within the
grape.

The infection rate of botrytis is sporadic with vines and bunches achieving full rottenness at different times.
In some occasions, the usable grapes from a single vine may only produce enough juice for a single glass.

Semillon picking

Semillon picking

Semillon picking

Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm Franschhoek South Africa.
Semillon is one of the Cape’s true heritage white varietals, with origins as early as the 17th century (when it became known as Groendruif which translates as Green grape), the grape variety accounted for more than 90% of plantings in the first half of the 19th century. While South African Semillon has not quite taken off as a serious commercial category in single varietal form in the modern era, there are stunning wines being made from especially older vineyards (some of them centurions). More often, the variety plays a role in beefing up the volume of Sauvignon blancs.

The best South African Semillons have juicy fruit with often an ethereal-like citrus perfume, fine texture, herbal interest and manage to marry the intensity of flavour with finesse.

The grape is also key to the production of sweet wines such as Sauternes. For the grapes to be used for sweet wine production, they need to have been affected by Botrytis (also known as “Noble Rot”). This fungus dries out the grapes, thus concentrating the sugar and flavours in the grape berry.
Infestation by Botrytis requires moist conditions. If the weather stays wet, the damaging form, “grey rot,” can destroy crops of grapes. Grapes typically become infected with Botrytis when they are ripe. If they are then exposed to drier conditions and become partially raisined this form of infection is known as noble rot. Grapes when picked at a certain point during infestation can produce particularly fine and concentrated sweet wine. Wines produced by this method are known as botrytized wines.
“noble rot,” it is a beneficial mold that grows on ripe wine grapes in the vineyard under specific climatic conditions. The mold dehydrates the grapes, leaving them shriveled and raisinlike and concentrates the sugars and flavors. Wines made from these berries have a rich, complex, honeyed character and are often high in residual sugar.

Photos by Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio Paarl Franschhoek…