Purring at the Wines in Tyger Valley
Experience 4.0 Festivals & Events Wine 3.5

Purring at the Wines in Tyger Valley

30 June 2017

Experience: 4/5
Wines: 3.5/5

Tyger Valley Centre was a bold and unusual place in which to hold a wine festival (R150 entry fee). I hadn’t been shopping here before, parked at the end opposite the Arena, and soon realised just how large the Mall is. It was a Friday evening and when I arrived the intimate venue was pleasantly busy – busy enough for atmosphere but not so busy as to make moving between the vendor stalls difficult.

It was the first ever Taste of Tyger Valley Wine Festival. For obvious reasons perhaps, I was expecting to taste wines from Durbanville and Philadelphia. This was not the case. I was told by the event organisers that most of those expected to attend – interestingly some 70% were estimated to be ‘walk in’ attendees – would already know the local wines and so be unlikely to participate.

There was not one wine farm that I had visited though I knew of many. The producers came from far and wide: Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Hermanus, Worcester, Tulbach, Hemel-en-Aarde and Calitzdorp. I tasted 26 wines made from 14 cultivars by 12 producers and in 5 styles. I much prefer to taste wines on the property that they are grown and made. However, the benefit of a festival is being able to explore many wines in a short space of time. There are too many to describe all in detail but I shall pick out some highlights.

It was not only wine producers who attended. I saw (but did not taste) gin as well as other stalls selling wine gifts, Lindt chocolates, Le Creuset ovenware, coffee and light snacks. Wooden pallets were used to cordon off the festival area and this made for a nice rustic feel.

The only MCC I tasted was from Montpelier du Tulbach, a farm with typical French name albeit in an Afrikaans-speaking area. The Brut Chardonnay (5 years on the lees) was good value for the quality. This was a well-balanced and very drinkable wine, with smooth moussante bubbles in the mouth and flavours of baked apples and dry toast. I learned from Blaauklippen that pétillant means ‘slightly sparkling. Their Ons Sprankel (literally ‘we are sparkling’) rosé, carbonated and made from Shiraz grapes, was adequate and made for the easy drinking market.

I tasted single variety White Zinfandel (more Blanc de Noir) and Grenache Blanc for the first time. The cool climate Sauvignons Blanc from the Benguela Cove Estate and Hermanuspietersfontein caught my attention. I preferred – but only just – the one from Benguela Cove. It was my favourite wine of the evening. Unusually an ‘ancient’ 2014 vintage for a Sauvignon Blanc, the wine was surprisingly fruity – guava, litchi and kiwi with grassy, citrus undertones – for one grown just 3 kilometres from the ocean. The acidity was typically high to give a crisp, minerally and clean mouthfeel.

By comparison, the Kaalvoet Meisie (meaning ‘barefoot girl’) Sauvignon Blanc from Hermanuspietersfontein showed more typical herbaceous, grassy and melon flavours. It too was well balanced and structured.

The red wines were mixed in my opinion. The Malbec from Diemersfontein was deep ruby and full body in appearance. This was a big aromatic wine with flavours full of rich dark berries with unexpected underlying chilli spiciness. Oaky, dry tannins emerged on the palates. The Perdeberg Malbec was another wine with much going on and a big nose, aided by the 14% alcohol content.

The Hermanuspietersfontein Merlot was my favourite red wine. It had great redcurrant, cranberry, mulberry and cassis flavour complexity with clean, dry, cedar and oaky tannins to bring balance on the palate.

The red and white Muscadels, made from sweetened grape juice with added wine spirit, were characteristically syrupy sweet. I enjoyed the Benguela Cove Natural Sweet wine. I would never have guessed it was made from Viognier grapes. The flavours surprised by being fruity rather than floral – honey, nougat, raisin, apricot and nectarine – and turned to off-dry on the plate. It had a light mouthfeel (10% alcohol).

The Peter Bayly Cape White offered a similar warm, sweet to off-dry tasting experience. Made from Chenin Blanc in old Chardonnay barrels, raisin, citrus and apricot flavours matched the dark orange colour.

The Festival worked for me and obviously so for the others who attended. It was well organised and had many good points. Several producers were selling their wines with ‘show discounts’ as an incentive to buy. This is not always the case and a welcome initiative. The chosen area was just the right size too for the number attending and for the number of producers present. I would have liked spittoons and more water at each stall, both to drink and to rinse my ‘free’ festival tasting glass. I gather from the event organisers that all producers were asked to bring. Tighter supervision will be easier for future events.

In sum, I shall certainly consider attending in future and recommend the event to friends and wine lovers.

Wines tasted (* bought):


2011 Montpellier du Tulbach MCC Brut Chardonnay – R165


2016 Mooiplaas Sauvignon Blanc – R105
2017 Mooiplaas Chenin Blanc Bush Vines – R90
2017 Blaauklippen White Zinfandel – R112
2016 Diemersfontein Sauvignon Blanc – R60
2015 Perdeberg Grenache Blanc – R65
2014 Benguela Cove Estate Sauvignon Blanc – R95 FAVOURITE WINE
2015 Hermanuspietersfontein Kaalvoet Meisie Sauvignon Blanc – R110


2017 Eagles Cliff Shiraz Rosé – R40
NV Blaauklippen Ons Sprankel Pétillant Shiraz Rosé – R85
2015 Hermanuspietersfontein Bloos Rosé (Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc) – R95


2011 Montpellier du Tulbach Cabernet Sauvignon – R160
2013 Peter Bayly III (44% Touriga Naçional, 33% Souzao, 23% Tinta Barocca) – R150
2015 Blaauklippen Cabriolet (39% Shiraz, 36% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot) – R100
2015 Blaauklippen Red Zinfandel – R112
2015 Diemersfontein Malbec – R170
2015 Perdeberg Malbec – R75
2013 Yonder Hill Merlot – R190
2015 Benguela Cove Estate Shiraz – R170
2015 Hermanuspietersfontein Merlot – R100
2014 Spookfontein Cabernet Franc – R105


NV Peter Bayly Cape White Chenin Blanc (500 ml) – R100
NV Montagu Wines & Spirits Red Muscadel (Muscat d’Frontignan) – R50
NV Montagu Wines & Spirits White Muscadel (Muscat d’Frontignan) – R50
2017 Blaauklippen Before & After Aperitif (40% Zinfandel, 40% Malbec, 20% Brandy) (500 ml) – R250
2015 Benguela Cove Natural Sweet Viognier (375 ml) – R100


You Might Also Like

Pick n Taste Time at Stellenbosch

K-eynote W-ines at the V-ineyard

Warwick Wines Win their Colours

More Plaisir at de Merle Please!

Hope Brought to the Vineyard

Heaven Meets Earth at Bouchard Finlayson

Rustic Charm at the Altydgedacht Wine Farm

Trading Wines in the City Bowl

Where Eagles Care


Woody Wildekrans

From Palette to Palate to Muratie

Cabernet Franc – Well Worth a Gamble!

Pinotage Hits a Purple Patch in Paarl

Iona Wines Remain Excellent In and At the Vineyard

iWine rather than IMAX at the Cape Gate Mall

Saxenburg Puts Heart, Mind and Soul into Its Wines

Proudly Keeping it in the Family at Paul Cluver – or Not?

Relaxing Rosendal

Kosie Wynes at Groenland

Sax ‘n’ Berg at the Vineyard

Summer Whites …… and Rosés

Horsepower in the Vineyard

Style or Substance? Nitida left Me Wondering

The Darling from Darling Steps into the Vineyard

The Early Bird Catches the Wine

Big Preparations in the Little Vineyard

Masses of Fun and a little Chaos at the Ambeloui Harvest Festival

PicknPay Pairs it again at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival

Hand at Work Handiwork at Boschrivier Wines

Iconic Steenberg

Wacky – not Tacky – in Robertson

Eq-wine – Fine Wines and Fast Horses!

Clouds Reign in Stellenbosch


Verticle Tasting on the Ridge in Elgin

Villion Pairs with Barton in Bot Rivier

Grape Fun – Stomping Well Worth the Journey!

More-ish Wines at Môreson

Family Fun in Pairs at Four Cousins

Noble Wines without the Rot

Great Value in the Swartland

Bon Courage and Bon Voyage

Value for Money from Angel Gabriel in the Vineyard

The Cut ‘n’ Paste Stellenbosch Wine Festival Comes to Cape Town

Mooi Mooi Mooi Mooiplaas

Quality with Style in the Vineyard

My Best Blend at Zandvliet

Where’s the Grande in Provence?

Speed Tasting with Sommelier ‘Royalty’ at my First SASA Meeting

British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

Well Hosted and Enjoyable – Even Though I did not Experience at its Best

More Still at Tanagra

Grand Wines at the Big Top!

Boutique de Brendel

Sugar and Spice is Twice as Nice

Lithos Wines Soar above Mountain and Forest

The Gods Come Home to the Vineyard

Fun(ny) Times at Lourensford


Idiom Puts on a Festival Master Class

There’s No Gun Smoke Without Wine

A Warm Welcome in the Cool Climate at South Hill

Posh Spice in Franschhoek!

Straw Berry Yields for e-Ver-gelegen

Robertson – Town by Name, Wine by Name

Swiss Family Sauvignons at Eikendal

Bellville to Bellevue to Belle Wines

Ghostly Clouds Swirl at Spookfontein

In the Vineyard with Beyerskloof

Wagons to the Cellar at Waboomsrivier

Neil’s Vines on the Tr-Ellis in Stellenbosch

Scary Jan Harmsgat Delivers Elegant Wines

Of Female Rugby Players and Ballet Dancers! Let’s Continuously Study Very Seriously: Wines of the Loire and Northern Rhône

View from the E-Skaap-ment

Family Fun at the Greek Harvest Festival

Decent Wines Rock from the Pulpit

Beau-tiful Beau-tique Beau-Constantia

River Grandeur at Viljoensdrift

Intimate, Tranquil and Refined

A Lekker Jol at Wandsbeck

Bushmanspad Gave Me the Weirdest Tasting Ever

Around the (Old) World in 18 Hours – starting with the European Cuvée!

More than Just a Destination

Perfection is Attainable at Boschkloof Wines

Pastures Anew at Rustenberg

Maiden Visit to Lord’s Bowled Me Over

Taint, Mould, Sweet-Sour, Elastoplast, Stale Honey, Bee Wax and Potato Skin With the Wine Prof

The Terroir is Honoured in the Bottle at Springfield

It’s High Time Again

Groot Phesantekraal an Unexpected Surprise!

In the Garage in the Heart of McGregor

Langverwacht Introduced Me to Ruby Cabernet

Kept Alone at Kaapzicht

Allez les Boks – Pas les Bleues!

House Wine from the Wine Tram

Barrels of Fun at My First Stellenbosch Street Soirée

Onderkloof Beats All the Odds Below The Valley

Graham Beck MCCs Fizzled Out

Superb Whites in the Near Dark at Mont Blois

Vrede en Lust Struggled to Reveal it’s Delight

Taking the Garage into the Classroom

Sweet and Safe Times Pair Well with the Whales

No Black Marks at Raka

Au Revoir France!

Rivergold is a Gem Waiting to be Discovered

Peace but No Rest for Rust en Vrede

The Phoenix Rises from the Terroir at Thelema

I Needed to be Guided by the Angel Gabriel

Rain Meets Earth at Newton Johnson

Mixed Spice at the Pinotage Festival

On Yonder Hill There Stands a Vineyard!

Honest, Affordable Family Wines at Landskroon

Grape Expectations are Met at Zevenwacht

How Do You Grow a Vineyard Like Maria?

The Big Easy Tee’s Off in the Vineyard

Better than a Fair View Where the Goats do Roam!

Wines Merely to Lust After

Leaping to the Right Conclusions

Wines Out of the Barrel at Kanonkop

One Day, Three Tastings, Five Wines and Seven Sisters

Dis-gorgeous at Weltevrede

Joy at Really Tasting the Difference at Esona

A Quando-ary: When to Drink …?

Shiraz Purrs at Manley Wine Lodge

Peter Falke Didn’t Knock my Socks Off

Blaauwklippen was Good for a Friday

Red Chair in the Morning

An Early Start at Rietvallei

On the Left, but then on the Right …

Bracing Brakes on the Red Wines at Remhoogte

Value for Money at Van Zylshof

Try as I Could I Did not Find Waterkloof Wines Dynamic

Haven Rather than Heaven at La Bri

Beyond Expectation

Quality Abounds on the Mound at La Motte

A Kleine Experience at Zalze

Class in Glass at Glenelly

Waxing Lyrical about Canto

Vista to Verdot at Glen Carlou

Lust-ful Reds in the Vineyard

Mutual Attraction

The Garagiste in the Garage at Sonklip!

Water into Wine at Uitkyk

Slave to the Rhythm at Solms-Delta

Libby Would not have been Proud of Linton Park

Serenity without Worry or Preoccupation in the Chapel

Dreaming of a Wine Christmas

Altitudes with Wine!

Surprisingly Good – and Not Only for the Red Bus Tourists

From the Angel Gabriel to the Arch Angel

Cabsolutely Frankulous at the Carnival

Magnifico – Grazie Mille Idiom!

Magical Wines Star at Dragonridge

Multi-Faceted Wines on Display at the Vineyard

Excelsior Blends Quality with Price


  1. On Yonder Hill There Stands a Vineyard! – Cape Wine Lovers Society

    […] whose wines I had tasted from time to time at different festivals – at Stellenbosch and at Tyger Valley – but where I have never been to. South of Stellenbosch by some 15 kilometres, it made perfect […]

  2. iWine rather than IMAX at the Cape Gate Mall – Cape Wine Lovers' Society

    […] Gate Mall, like Tyger Valley Mall in June, made for an unlikely place for a wine festival. Wine lovers could either visit after work […]

  3. PicknPay Pairs it again at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival – Cape Wine Lovers' Society

    […] Street Soirée and indoor festivals like the Tops! At SPAR Wine Show and those in the Cape Gate and Tyger Valley malls come to mind – where clumsy queues can form at each wine […]

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *