Rickety Bridge is a beautiful old Cape Dutch homestead just west of the winelands town of Franschhoek. It is also a vibrant wine estate with a range of sublime wines and a popular restaurant.
When I visited there recently it was mid week, a beautiful day and there were many visitors, a good number of them foreign. Cases of wine were being loaded into car boots which is always a good sign.
One of the ranges produced by Rickety Bridge is called The Printer’s Devil. The range is inspired by the Rickety Bridge owner who started off in the printing industry. A printer’s devil was an apprentice (typically a young boy) in a printing establishment who performed a number of tasks, such as mixing tubs of ink and fetching type. Over the years he has been referred to as Belphegor, Gremlin and Titivillus, after which the wines in this unique range have been named. These wines symbolize the fanciful belief among printers that a special devil haunted every print shop, performing mischief such as misspelling words and removing an entire line of completed type.
Nothing mischievous about the Rickety Bridge The Printer’s Devil Belphegor 2017! The Cinsaut grapes used for the Belphegor, which makes up 90% of the wine is from a fine old vineyard planted in 1955. The Cinsaut is fermented in stainless steel tanks. 10% of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the component which was matured in French oak barrels. The wine was awarded a Gold Medal at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards in 2018. It will reward with some cool cellaring until 2025.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle. Closed with natural cork. A simple and amusing label. In the glass the wine is partly translucent, a bloodplum colour. The aromas are bright fruited red berries and cherries. The palate is generous, the thread of acidity running through from entry to palate, refreshing. Of middle weight, the palate has a creamy oatmeal, white chocolate undertow with mildly grippy tannins. Still fresh blueberries and the oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. I love Cinsaut, half of my father’s vineyard was planted with it in the 1950s. It has a lusty rustic flavour to which the Cabernet Sauvignon adds its gravitas.
Do chill the Rickety Bridge The Printer’s Devil Belphegor 2017 for about 30 minutes in the fridge or an ice bucket. Excellent as a glass on its own. With its lovely spicy palate, the wine is perfect for meat off the braai. A good spicy Boerewors, a marinated butterflied leg of lamb on the braai. And of course the South African Bredie. Waterblommetjies will be in season soon, click HERE for my Waterblommetjiebredie Recipe.
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