Family Fun in Pairs at Four Cousins
Experience 4.0 Robertson Wine 3.5

Family Fun in Pairs at Four Cousins

Sunday 9 July 2017

Experience: 4/5
Wines: 3.5/5

It was a rainy Sunday morning. My partner and I had been enjoying a relaxing weekend at McGregor. It was too wet to walk outside so we headed, on the spur of the moment, to Four Cousins. As a Brit, I do not have the same close association with the wine family as my South African friends.

The legendary four cousins were in silhouette on a life-size piece of artwork beside the entrance to the building. Yes, they are real! The new building, barely a year old, surprised and impressed. Bright and well lit, the shop was on one side, the Tasting area to the right, and Restaurant at the rear. I was immediately impressed by the range of drinks that are made under the Four Cousins brand: not just sparkling and still wines, bottled and boxed, but also liqueur and whisky (‘Scottish Cousin’).

Four Cousins has its roots in the Van Loveren family who have owned land in the Robertson area since 1937. The first muscadel wine was made by Hennie Snr in 1939. The wines made for the next 40 or so years were bulk wines. A new cellar was built in 1963 as sons Nico and Wynand grew older. Their 4 sons joined the farm after their studies. The Four Cousins range was launched in 2000, initially in 1.5 litre bottles, and it is now South Africa’s biggest selling bottled brand. Each cousin has a different role: Hennie and Neil are viticulturalists; Bussell is the winemaker; and Phillip looks after the business. History becomes legend.

I was in a relaxed mood today. I didn’t have my regular tasting notes. We chose 2 pairings at R55 so we could share: the Sparkling Wine Pairing and the Family Pairing. These were fun and not your usual pairing. The sparkling White, Sauvignon Blanc, Blush and Red wines were paired with a triangle of Melrose cheese, some camembert with green fig, a pink mini-meringue, and some peppery cheese. A dry sweet biscuit, Turkish delight, jammy dodger biscuit, all sorts sweets, and a zoo biscuit – classic South African fare – paired with the dry and sweet White/Red wines and Rosé. I liked how unpretentious the whole tasting was. Some pairings worked better than others – the Melrose cheese with the sparkling White and the Turkish delight with the Natural Sweet White – but that was not really the aim of the tasting. I have always said that we like what we like when it comes to wine and food – or, indeed, wine alone – and it matters not what convention or wine experts say.

After, we had lunch in the open and airy child-friendly restaurant. There were many diners there, of all ages, and so it was not hard to see why Four Cousins is so popular. There was a micro-brewery on one side of the large room. I chose prawn tempura from the menu that was good value and just what I needed.

I recommend anyone to go and visit Four Cousins for tasting. Bring no prior impressions with you. Just go and have fun. There’s as much enjoyment to be had as at any big name, historic or iconic wine estate. You’ll be surprised. Admit it, that you too began your wine journey with Four Cousins as have so many others. Reminisce with your friends of how you shared a 1.5 litre bottle of sweet Rosé or box wine Red. You’ll be the better for it!

Wines tasted (bought *):


FC White (60% White Muscadel, 40% Grape Juice) – R50
FC Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc – R50 FAVOURITE WINE
FC Sparkling Blush (60% Red Muscadel, 40% Grape Juice) – R55
FC Sparkling Red (60% Ruby Cabernet, 40% Grape Juice) – R55


Four Cousins Dry White (80% Colombard, 20% Sauvignon Blanc) – R50
Four Cousins Natural Sweet White (60% White Muscadel, 40% Grape Juice) – R50


Four Cousins Sweet Rosé (60% Rosé, 40% Grape Juice) – R50


Four Cousins Dry Red (80% Ruby Cabernet, 20% Merlot) – R55
Four Cousins Natural Sweet Red (60% River Red, 40% Grape Juice) – R55

You Might Also Like

Pick n Taste Time at Stellenbosch

In the Garage in the Heart of McGregor

Bellville to Bellevue to Belle Wines

Mixed Spice at the Pinotage Festival

There’s No Gun Smoke Without Wine

Sweet and Safe Times Pair Well with the Whales

Summer Whites …… and Rosés

Water into Wine at Uitkyk

Sax ‘n’ Berg at the Vineyard

Robertson – Town by Name, Wine by Name

Quality Abounds on the Mound at La Motte

Kept Alone at Kaapzicht

Straw Berry Yields for e-Ver-gelegen

Pastures Anew at Rustenberg

Beau-tiful Beau-tique Beau-Constantia

It’s High Time Again

Surprisingly Good – and Not Only for the Red Bus Tourists

Graham Beck MCCs Fizzled Out

Fun(ny) Times at Lourensford

British Reserve and Excellence at Sumaridge

Dis-gorgeous at Weltevrede

Groot Phesantekraal an Unexpected Surprise!

Shiraz Purrs at Manley Wine Lodge

Purring at the Wines in Tyger Valley

Magical Wines Star at Dragonridge

Horsepower in the Vineyard

View from the E-Skaap-ment

How Do You Grow a Vineyard Like Maria?

Perfection is Attainable at Boschkloof Wines

Dreaming of a Wine Christmas

From Palette to Palate to Muratie

The Garagiste in the Garage at Sonklip!

Beyond Expectation

K-eynote W-ines at the V-ineyard

Excelsior Blends Quality with Price

Quality with Style in the Vineyard

Rustic Charm at the Altydgedacht Wine Farm

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

Wines Out of the Barrel at Kanonkop

The Big Easy Tee’s Off in the Vineyard

Neil’s Vines on the Tr-Ellis in Stellenbosch

The Phoenix Rises from the Terroir at Thelema

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

Heaven Meets Earth at Bouchard Finlayson

In the Vineyard with Beyerskloof

Wacky – not Tacky – in Robertson

Libby Would not have been Proud of Linton Park

Serenity without Worry or Preoccupation in the Chapel

Grape Expectations are Met at Zevenwacht

Intimate, Tranquil and Refined

Iona Wines Remain Excellent In and At the Vineyard

Bon Courage and Bon Voyage

Boutique de Brendel

Great Value in the Swartland

Try as I Could I Did not Find Waterkloof Wines Dynamic

Family Fun at the Greek Harvest Festival

Where’s the Grande in Provence?

Swiss Family Sauvignons at Eikendal

Verticle Tasting on the Ridge in Elgin

More than Just a Destination

More Still at Tanagra

Waxing Lyrical about Canto

On Yonder Hill There Stands a Vineyard!

Clouds Reign in Stellenbosch

A Quando-ary: When to Drink …?

Big Preparations in the Little Vineyard

Style or Substance? Nitida left Me Wondering

Multi-Faceted Wines on Display at the Vineyard

More-ish Wines at Môreson

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

Mutual Attraction

Hand at Work Handiwork at Boschrivier Wines

Eq-wine – Fine Wines and Fast Horses!

Trading Wines in the City Bowl

Where Eagles Care

House Wine from the Wine Tram

Kosie Wynes at Groenland

Red Chair in the Morning

The Terroir is Honoured in the Bottle at Springfield

iWine rather than IMAX at the Cape Gate Mall

No Black Marks at Raka

Allez les Boks – Pas les Bleues!

PicknPay Pairs it again at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival

Iconic Steenberg


A Kleine Experience at Zalze

Onderkloof Beats All the Odds Below The Valley

Decent Wines Rock from the Pulpit

Saxenburg Puts Heart, Mind and Soul into Its Wines

Altitudes with Wine!

Lithos Wines Soar above Mountain and Forest

Bracing Brakes on the Red Wines at Remhoogte

The Gods Come Home to the Vineyard

Wagons to the Cellar at Waboomsrivier

Class in Glass at Glenelly

Slave to the Rhythm at Solms-Delta

Warwick Wines Win their Colours

Mooi Mooi Mooi Mooiplaas

Noble Wines without the Rot

Lust-ful Reds in the Vineyard

Value for Money from Angel Gabriel in the Vineyard

The Early Bird Catches the Wine

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *