The Strooidakkerk (Thatched Roof Church) was consecrated in 1805 in Paarl and is the oldest building still currently used for devotions by the Dutch Reformed Church in the country. In the vicarage garden is one hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon, the congregation prevailing on different local winemakers to vinify the grapes for them from year to year.
The 2015 is a charming wine with notes of cherries, plum and earth with an attractive herbal overlay. It’s medium bodied with fresh acidity and tannins which are soft in the best sense. It comes across as gently savoury and unforced. Price is R 125 per bottle (with free delivery any area within 40km radius from Paarl). To order, call the church office on 021 872 4396.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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