Yearning for summer, crayfish and wine in Doringbaai
Doringbaai is one of those remote getaway destinations. The population is small, there’s peace and quiet and a natural beauty – wind-swept and somewhat desolate in parts. There’s a guesthouse, one or two places to lunch at, and a lighthouse…
Fryer’s Cove’s first vines were planted little more than a decade ago and a winery on the premises where a crayfish factory once thrived was only completed last year, but today this is one of the must-visit SA wine cellars for those with a sense of adventure and a love for the great outdoors – Doringbaai is also popular for whale-watching, spring flowers, eco-tourism.
The first remarkable vintage for Fryer’s Cove Vineyards was 2005, with their Sauvignon Blanc awarded a 5 Star rating in the SA Wine Magazine. Then came the 2007 Sauvignon which earned 4½ Stars and “highly recommended” in Platter’s SA Wine Guide. Today there are two Sauvignon Blancs and a Pinot in the range – a Bay to Bay Sauvignon (R60pb) made from grapes that include a percentage sourced from Lambert’s Bay to the south, plus the flagship Bamboes Bay Sauvignon (R60pb) and the Bamboes Bay Pinot Noir (R130pb) made from grapes sourced exclusively from the Fryer’s Cove vineyards in Doringbaai – the village being located within the Bamboes Bay ward of the Olifants River region.