Named after Anthony Hamilton Russell’s great, great grandfather, Lord Ashbourne, who was Lord Chancellor for Ireland in the late 1800’s, Ashbourne is now a 100% Pinotage sourced from a beautiful 113 hectare property in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards.
This Pinotage has been 100% barrel matured for 10 months in 400 litre barrels and 4.5 months in 2000 litre barrels and has undergone 100% malolatic fermentation. The 2015 was an extraordinary vintage – it started a full 2 weeks early and finished over a period of 4 weeks (February 20th) instead of the customary 7 weeks. The grapes were extremely healthy with thick skins and an unusually low juice content and the resulting wines are fuller and more sumptuous and concentrated than the 2013’s and 2014’s. Full ripeness was achieved surprisingly quickly despite slightly cooler temperatures between December and March. This makes 2015 cooler than the celebrated 2013, 2012 and 2009. A much drier and slightly warmer spring than usual, in part accounts for the early harvest, combined with a drier and slightly warmer than average January. 2015 was the first organic harvest (with some biodynamic features) for Ashbourne with great results.
From the maiden release in 2001, this benchmark wine has redefined South Africa’s own red grape variety, Pinotage, with its classic, refined styling and unique complex character. This is a wine unlike anything else, intense, rich and savoury with a beautiful underlying minerality.
Nestled in the unique region of Darling lies a place so wondrous, tranquil and enchanting that it's no surprise that Cloof are able to produce some exceptional wines including the Dusty Road range. Cloof Wine Estate is truly off the beaten track, but they are firm believers that it's often the road less travelled that leads you to places that will be etched in your mind forever and provide food for the soul. Each of their wines is created using Head Winemaker, Hennie Huskisson's passion for creating styles that reflect what this unique region has to offer and the high quality of grapes that are produced.
To read the winemaker's tasting notes for this wine, please click the blue link below.
In 1864, Uiterwyk Estate became the property of the De Waal family, which by then had been making wine for four generations in Cape Town and Constantia. Today, the ninth generation of this family - and the fifth generation on Uiterwyk - is maintaining their winemaking tradition. C.T. de Waal was the first person ever to make a wine from Pinotage grapes when he made an experimental barrel of Pinotage in 1941, sixteen years after the variety was created by Prof. Abraham Perold. De Waal have a vineyard of Pinotage bush vines that are now 68 years old - this is the oldest existing Pinotage vineyard in the world!
To see De Waal's information sheet and tasting note for this wine please click the blue link below.
In 1864, Uiterwyk Estate became the property of the De Waal family, which by then had been making wine for four generations in Cape Town and Constantia. Today, the ninth generation of this family - and the fifth generation on Uiterwyk - is maintaining their winemaking tradition. C.T. de Waal was the first person ever to make a wine from Pinotage grapes when he made an experimental barrel of Pinotage in 1941, sixteen years after the variety was created by Prof. Abraham Perold. De Waal have a vineyard of Pinotage bush vines that are now 68 years old - it is the oldest existing Pinotage vineyard in the world! This wine is made using these vines.
To see De Waal's information sheet and tasting note for this wine please click the blue link below. (You will immediately spot that this wine is now sold out at the winery - a testament to its quality and popularity.)
Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve is situated among the majestic mountains and fertile valleys in the Stellenbosch Winelands, approximately 40km east of Cape Town. Mooiplaas is a historic and traditional working wine farm. Here Tielman and Louis Roos produce a range of environmentally friendly wines rooted in tradition and artisan techniques that make the most of the unique terroir.
When it comes to winemaking, cellar master, Louis Roos, is a true purist. He uses a range of classic and traditional winemaking processes to produce the Mooiplaas wines, such as wild yeast, natural fermentation, light filtration and maturation in small oak barrels. “To produce premium wines you have to follow the ‘classic’ approach,” says Louis. “Use the best grapes from the best vineyards with minimal interference during the winemaking process. That will give you wines that are distinctive and expressive of place and vintage.” At Mooiplaas they believe that wine should be authentic, elegant, well balanced and structured while showing its vibrance and fullness of flavour. It must add joy to life!
Please click on the blue link below to see the winemakers notes on this wine.
The grapes for this wine come from dry land vineyards on the False Bay side of Stellenbosch. They used foliage management to ensure the grape skin's thickness which has a direct impact on colour extraction and gives the wine its rich deep colour.
The grapes were hand harvested to minimize damage to the berries. They were chilled before bunch sorting. After de-stemming, the berries were hand sorted to remove raisins, pink berries and large berries. Cold soaking preceded temperaturecontrolled fermentation in stainless steel tanks and open-top French oak vats. Free run wine was drained to a combination of 1st and 2nd fill French, American and Hungarian oak barrels and matured for 18 months. Barrel selections were made to create this balanced, cool climate Pinotage with great complexity and ageing potential.
This is a dark red wine with a vibrant red hue. There are flavours of caramalised black cherries, hints of dark spice and dark chocolate. The palate follows with smooth texture as well as fruit and velvety tannins that balance the wine for a full palate experience. Serve with mature beef, venison, lamb and ostrich dishes with berry jus or strong cheese.
The Running Duck range is made by Stellar Organics – the pioneer winery from Western South Africa. The wines are certified organic and have also been made according to “Fair for life” guidelines. This social & fair trade certification ensures that human rights are guaranteed at any stage of production, that workers enjoy good and fair working conditions and that smallholder farmers receive a fair price.
The brand is named after the Indian Runners ducks sent roaming into the vineyards to eat snails and other threats to the vines. This is natural pest control and allows the winery not to use pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
This wine has great plum pudding and gingerbread aromas on the nose. These aromas develop into rich chocolate and mulberry flavours on the palate.