In 2015, Hermanuspietersfontein celebrated their tenth year of holding the title of "Wine With the Longest Afrikaans Name in the World". From the origins of their name to the different names they bestow on their wines, this is just one of the many delectable quirks of this relatively new winery. But of their entire collection, Bloos triumphs as everyone's favourite summer crush.
THE FABLED TEACHER AND SHEPHERD
It so often happens that the origins of a village's name becomes shrouded in myth. But really, there was nothing fable-like about Hermanus Pieters. He arrived in Table Bay in 1815 at the age of 37, a lone Dutch teacher in search of work. At the time, the children of the British Cape Colony were schooled in English, which didn't sit well with the Dutch. And so, as Pieters journeyed east from the mother city to Caledon, he found work as a farm teacher in the Overberg region. As compensation, he was paid in sheep.
Little is known about the life of Hermanus Pieters, but he must have had a big impact on the local community. When they founded a village in 1855 - long after his passing - they named it Hermanuspietersfontein, possibly the longest name held by a tiny South African village at the time. Sharing this sentiment, almost half a century later in 1902, the local postmaster found the name too cumbersome and shortened it to Hermanus, which it is still called today.
The SHY Sister with the Long Legs
When they established their cellar brand 150 years after the founding of the town, Hermanuspietersfontein paid homage to this local legend by naming their winery after the original name of the town - instantly becoming the wine with the longest Afrikaans name in the world.
There is some dispute as to who to thank for the name - Hermanus Pieters or the postmaster whose rubber stamp could not accommodate the name. The decision to bestow such a name on a winery is undeniably a quirky one, but entirely intentional. Every name in their collection of wines is a character in the Hermanuspietersfontein family; Die Arnoldus, Kaalvoet Meisie, Kat met die Houtbeen, Posmeester and Bloos, each has its own story. Bloos, younger sister to Kleinboet - a local rugby legend - is a shy, striking young girl with long legs who is adored by all who meet her, but men especially.
A SERIOUS ROSÉ
A Walker Bay wine of origin, Bloos is famous for being South Africa’s only Rosé that uses all five Bordeaux varieties, showing an abundance of fresh fruit, finesse and layered complexity. The varietals enjoy clay-rich soil that is well-drained with good water retention. During maceration, minimal skin contact occurs (less than four hours). Gentle pressing from select vineyards combine with bleeding off 10% juice from red cultivars. The wine is fermented and matured at 12 - 15 C in French oak alternatives for 4 weeks. Further maturation occurs on secondary lees for 1 - 3 months and are stirred monthly. Bloos has an ageing potential of up to two years.
- Bloos has an aroma of strawberries and cream and fresh red fruit
- The palate is supple and round, fresh and complex
If you've got it, flaunt it. Bloos favours the summer months when she can show off her long sun-kissed legs. She enjoys a light salad or pasta and loves rice dishes - especially when accompanied with seafood. Lightly cooked shellfish or grilled fish are amongst her favourites. She also seldom passes up a good goat's cheese.
To take Bloos home with you, visit Hermanuspietersfontein online, or look for it at Norman Goodfellows or Ultra Liquor.