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Cinsault vs Cinsault, 2017 vs 2019

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A Mediterranean varietal, Cinsault has been produced in the south of France, mainly the Langeudoc-Rousillon region, since the mid-1600’s and farmed in the Cape since 1850.

In South Africa it was originally called Hermitage and in 1925 it gave name to the truly South African varietal, Pinotage, created when Cinsaut and Pinot Noir were successfully crossed by Professor Abraham Izak Perold from the University of Stellenbosch. In 1927 he proved that Hermitage and Cinsault were indeed the same grape and, with the institution of South Africa’s Wine of Origin legislation in 1973, the name Hermitage was replaced with the European name, Cinsaut.

Although originally spelt Cinsaut, more often it is now spelt Cinsault and much debate exists as to which of these is correct. There is no definitive answer to this and often the spelling is regionally defined. In the Languedoc, home of the varietal, it is spelt Cinsault and thus in South Africa, although both spellings are used, Cinsault is often used to describe a wine made in the style of French Cinsault wines.

Welgegund’s Cinsault vines were planted in 1974 and our 2.16 hectare vineyard is a Certified Heritage Vineyard and part of the Old Vine Project. These are bush vines that are not irrigated and our terroir at Welgegund provides ideal conditions for outstanding Cinsault wines, produced from grapes with deep colours and intense flavours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welgegund Cinsault 2017

This is normally the last vineyard to be picked during Welgegund’s harvest, usually in mid-February. It is low yielding at about 1,7 tons/hectare. Picking is done by hand, into small log boxes to have as little pressure on the grapes as possible.
The grapes were kept overnight in a cold room to reduce their temperature, allowing cold soaking before the start of fermentation. We fermented our Cinsault mostly whole bunch with stalks, an age-old method where light stomping takes place. Many berries stayed intact. The grapes were split into different ferments, barrels and large open fermenters. Some spontaneous fermentation (natural fermentation), some with yeast added. The different vessels each brought different aromas, adding to the array of aromas in the finished wine.
The 2017 Cinsault, our maiden vintage, shows fresh berries, sour cherries, cranberries with spice and leather evident with further ageing. A mineral undertone from the granite soil supports the wine, with soft refined tannins. Due to the age and quality of the vineyard a serious, premium quality wine has been produced. Serve slightly chilled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welgegund Cinsault 2019

Picked together with Carignan, these were the last two blocks to be picked during the 2019 harvest. A perfect, slightly cooler pre-season made for slow ripening and the development of ample aromas.
Our winemaking regime stayed the same as with the 2017 vintage. The grapes were cooled to around seven degrees Celsius to prolong cold soaking. The main ferment went into large open steel fermenters, with a small portion fermented in open 500L new French barrels. No more than two punch-downs per day. This is more labour intensive, but the attention to detail adds to the final complexity and ultra-premium quality of the wine bottled. Our second vintage Cinsault, an elegant, feminine wine that is refined and complex, is a true masterpiece and was nominated for 5 stars in the Platter Wine Guide.

Salad season at Welgegund Heritage Wines

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Summer is upon us and at Welgegund, salad season has arrived! Our salads are usually simple, made with only the freshest ingredients, often sourced from our thriving vegetable and herb gardens and then we add one of our homemade salad dressings to add to their healthy deliciousness! Here are a few of our favourite summer salad dressings, all made with our fabulous Welgegund olive oil, available for purchase right here!

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients
2 1/2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste

Method
Combine the olive oil & vinegar in a small bowl
Whisk to combine
Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk to mix thoroughly
Season to taste
Store in a sealed jar in the fridge

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This dressing is ideal with a salad of baby spinach leaves, halved strawberries, pecan nuts and crumbled Boursin goats cheese. If you don’t have raspberry vinegar, combine 2 1/2 tablespoons of champagne vinegar with a teaspoon raspberry jam and reduce the honey to 2 tablespoons.
We love this salad with our Welgegund 2017 Old Vine Chenin Blanc.

 

Warm Red Currant Dressing

Ingredients

75g red currants
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

Method

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes until warm but not hot.
Remove from heat and use immediately

This is particularly delicious with a wild rocket and goats cheese salad. Add walnuts and avocado for extra deliciousness! Try this salad with the Welgegund 2019 Grenache Noir

Greek Style Vinaigrette

Ingredients
8 anchovies
Olive oil
2 clove garlic, crushed
Juice of 1 lemon

Method
Pound the anchovies in a mortar & pestle to a paste like consistency
Add the garlic and pound again to combine
Combine the lemon juice with approximately the same amount of olive oil in a bowl and whisk
Add the anchovy & garlic paste and whisk again until a homogenous vinaigrette is formed

Use this vinaigrette with a hot roasted or braaied vegetable salad served with roast lamb. Especially good with the Welgegund 2017 Old Vine Cinsault.

Unveling the 2019 Vintages of Welgegund Heritage Wines Chenin Blanc, Cinsault and Grenache Noir

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Welgegund Heritage Wines has launched limited releases of a trio of distinctively packaged, single varietal wines from low-yielding, dryland vineyards.

Welgegund Heritage Wines’ Old Vine Cinsault 2019

A clear, bright wine with purple hues. The nose shows aromas of black currant, sour cherry coulis, Black Forest cake with a hint of pine needles, black truffle and lavender. The palate is soft and elegant, displaying flavours of black cherry compote, red berries, cloves and a lingering mustardy pepperiness gives a long finish. The tannins are soft with a well integrated fresh acidity.

Ideal with beef fillet, game with cranberry sauce, seared tuna and mushroom risotto. Delicious with a raspberry crème brûlée. Serve chilled.

Limited release: Only 2230 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

Awarded a Gold Medal at the 2020 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards.

Welgegund Heritage Wines’ Grenache Noir 2019

A bright, exuberant wine with light violet hues. The nose shows an abundance of fresh cranberries, sour cherries and raspberries with hints of floral and fennel notes. The palate is soft and refined, revealing sour cherries, salty dark chocolate, game biltong and subtle hints of tobacco leaves, fresh, green pepper and cinnamon. The tannins are smooth and well integrated, giving a beautifully rounded and lingering finish.

Enjoy with a charcuterie board, salmon, game fish carpaccio or a smoked mussel pot. Pairs beautifully with a salty dark chocolate fondant and berry coulis. Serve a touch cooler than other red wines.

Limited release: Only 2620 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

Received a Top Ten award at the 2020 Prescient Minority Report (Niche Red Varietals) convened by Winemag.co.za.

Welgegund Heritage Wines’ Old Vine, single vineyard Chenin Blanc 2019

A lightly wooded wine, clear medium lemon in colour. The nose shows beautiful layers of candied citrus, lime and lemon, ripe pear, quince, fresh peach and honeysuckle. It has a soft and elegant palate with flavours of star fruit, honeydew melons and lime that finishes with a salty minerality and a touch of nuttiness.

Perfectly compliments roast duck confit with orange sauce. Also delicious with crayfish, langoustines, sushi and line fish carpaccio. A fine partner to gnocchi with green peas or almonds. Wonderful paired with a citrus tart or nutty nougat.

Limited release: Only 1801 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

Awarded a Gold Medal at the 2020 Veritas Awards.

“At Welgegund Heritage Wines we only bottle our wines in great years. ‘Well-bestowed’ takes on a new meaning at Welgegund when we are blessed with excellent vintages, when our climate and terroir come together perfectly to produce exceptional wines. 2019 has been another exemplary vintage, one of the best in many years. As we farm dryland, soil moisture contributes a lot to quality. Between October and January preceding the 2019 vintage we only received 65mm of rain which resulted in extremely low yields of small berries bringing intense concentration to the wines, with a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour. I believe our 2019 wines exceed our 2017 wines in quality, being more linear, showcasing the cultivars in their purest form, with a broad array of fruit aromas present. The small 2019 volumes allowed for a more traditional artisanal approach to winemaking which has resulted in increased quality. Our 2019 reds were whole-bunch fermented (some in open 500L barrels), making early wood integration possible, also adding elegance, textured smoothness and enhanced fruit aromas and flavours to the wine. We worked with the grape stalks to add extra dimensions to the wines like freshness, spice, and soft powdery tannins. Our smaller volumes allowed for grape stomping of some batches of our Cinsault, Shiraz and Grenache, a gentle process that keeps the berries intact. Our new lightly toasted bigger 500L barrels allowed Welgegund’s unique terroir and the quality of our fruit to shine through.” Friedrich Kuhne, Winemaker

Welgegund Heritage Wines Reflect on a Good Year

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For the team at Welgegund Heritage Wines, 2019 was a year that truly reflected the meaning of “well-bestowed”.

We are delighted that our two 2017 niche cultivar wines, Welgegund Heritage Wines’ Grenache Noir and our Cinsault, were awarded ‘outstanding’ ratings by renowned British Master of Wine and wine critic, Tim Atkin, earning 93 and 91 points respectively.

The quality of these two special releases, from low-yielding dryland bush vines, was also endorsed by the authoritative Platter’s Wine Guide with the awarding of 4 stars for the Grenache and 4½ stars for the Cinsault.

Additionally, the other two wines in our portfolio, also produced from ancient dryland bush vines, our barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc and our Providence, a fruit-driven Rhône-style red blend, both received Platter’s 4-star ratings.

A Grand Winter Finale

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Welgegund Heritage Wines’ winemaker, Friedrich Kühne shares his recipe for Lamb Shanks. Pair with Welgegund Heritage Wines’ Providence 2015.

Winter’s almost over and spring is in the air! However there is still time to indulge in the cosy comforts of winter and to tuck into a hearty winter dish, served with a prized red wine to warm your heart and soul.

We share with you Welgegund Heritage Wines’ winemaker, Friedrich Kühne’s recipe for Lamb Shanks. Enjoy with the Welgegund Heritage Wines Providence 2015, a fruit-driven Rhône-style blend.

Friedrich’s Oven-Baked Lamb Shanks

“I roughly chopped up shallots, leeks, fennel bulbs, celery, carrots and garlic, placed them in a hot pan along with our Welgegund Extra Virgin Cold-Pressed Olive Oil and fresh rosemary and sautéed them until the aromas began to release. I then browned the lamb shanks on all sides in the fragrant sauce, before adding grated fresh ginger, chopped anchovy fillets and a dash or two of soya and oyster sauce.

When the meat was well sautéed, I poured some Providence over the meat and gently simmered the sauce to reduce, thicken and concentrate the flavours. Once the sauce was slightly thickened, I added paprika, tomato paste, roughly chopped aubergine chunks and some vegetable stock and transferred the mix into an oven proof ceramic dish, which I baked in a preheated oven (160°) for 3 hours.

While the lamb shanks were basting, I blanched some baby carrots and drizzled them with olive oil. Before serving the lamb shanks, I placed the carrots on top of the dish to add fresh, crispy sweet character and to add colour to the dish. To finish it off I added grated lemon zest to lift all the flavours.

The result is a delicious and flavourful dish with the tender meat practically falling off the bone. It is the ultimate comfort food and pairs perfectly with the Welgegund Providence.”

Welgegund Heritage Wines’ Providence 2015 is a fruit-driven Rhône-style blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. The best fruit from each vineyard was hand-selected and all cultivars were fermented separately. The grapes were cold soaked prior to fermentation, extracting colour early. Fermentation was in open fermenters with three punch downs a day. To respect the flavours of the fruits, only 30% of the wine was aged in new French oak. The wine was bottled in November 2016.

A brilliant, bright wine with fresh, red plum colours. Its displays complex aromas of mulberries, blackberries and black cherries but also shows red cranberries, cloves, nutmeg and a hint of pepper. The tannins are soft and extremely silky.

Enjoy!

Welgegund Heritage Wines honoured in Tim Atkin’s 2019 South Africa Special Report

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Two of our special Welgegund Heritage Wines have been awarded more than 90-pointS in Tim Atkin’s 2019 South Africa Special Report.  Our special release, Welgegund Heritage Wines Grenache Noir 2017 and Cinsault 2017 were scored at 93 and 91 points respectively.

Tim Atkin, a British Master of Wine and accomplished wine critic has extensive knowledge of South African wines. His South African Special Report is now in its seventh year and is his largest yet.  He tasted 2 115 local wines for his 2019 report. The wines are rated according to the international 100-point system.

“We are delighted that the stature of our two 2017 niche cultivar releases has been endorsed by acclaimed UK Master of Wine, Tim Atkin. 2017 was an exceptional vintage. Our Cinsault and Grenache Noir are normally destined for blending, but when I saw the quality of these varietals in barrel, I just knew I had to do single cultivar bottlings and show these wines to the world. After the severe drought of the 2016/2017 season, the Cinsault vines produced smaller berries of exceptional quality, bringing lovely colour and intense concentration to the wine and adding a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour. I wanted to showcase the ample fruit and aromas unique to Cinsault.” Friedrich Kühne.

WELGEGUND HERITAGE WINES GRENACHE NOIR 2017

This wine is produced from high-altitude, west-facing, dryland bush vines planted in 2006. 50% of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas and the balance was aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak barrels.

The Grenache Noir is bright and exuberant with light violet hues. The nose displays an abundance of blackberry and raspberry aromas with some subtle floral notes. The palate is soft, lean and refined showing dark fruit, chocolate and black forest cake and a hint of cloves. The tannins are powdery and well-integrated with a balanced, seductive round finish.

Limited release: in honour of the establishment of Welgegund, only 1777 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

WELGEGUND HERITAGE WINES CINSAULT 2017

This wine is produced from 44-year old southwest-facing dryland bush vines planted in 1974, with an extremely low yield of 1.2 tons per hectare. 20% of the Cinsault was whole bunch fermented and 80% was de-stemmed. A large portion of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas, with the balance aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak.

The Cinsault is clear and bright, with fresh purple hues. The nose shows an array of fruit, with pure fresh berries, sour cherries, raspberries, cranberry with strawberry and a hint of spice on the nose. The palate is soft, juicy and consistent, showing liquorish, dark fruit with subtle savoury notes to the fore. The tannins are silky with a persistent clean finish. This is our purest expression of Cinsault.

Limited release: Only 1768 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

Providence 2015 wins Silver at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019

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We are delighted with our achievement at the Concours Mondial De Bruxelles 2019 where our signature blend, Providence 2015 was awarded a silver medal.

Providence is a Rhône style blend of Shiraz, Cinsault and Carignan. The hand-selected grapes come from a collection of mature and vintage vines. The Carignan vineyard was established in 2003, the Shiraz vineyard in 2002 and Cinsault in 1974.

A brilliant, bright wine with fresh, red plum colours. Its displays complex aromas of mulberries, blackberries and black cherries but also shows red cranberries, cloves, nutmeg and a hint of pepper. The tannins are soft and extremely silky. This wine can be enjoyed now, with further ageing beneficial.

Strictly limited production of 4700 bottles.

“At Welgegund Heritage Wines our ultimate goal is to craft exceptional quality wines and everything we do is in pursuit of this goal. Receiving a Silver award at this prestigious competition, gives us welcome confirmation that we are solidly on track with our goals.” Friedrich Kuhne

 

National Wine Challenge 2019 Our wines are awarded Double Gold and Double Silver

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Welgegund Heritage Wines Grenache Noir 2017

Double Gold.

This wine is produced from high-altitude, west-facing, dryland bush vines planted in 2006. 50% of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas and the balance was aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak barrels.

The Grenache Noir is bright and exuberant with light violet hues. The nose displays an abundance of blackberry and raspberry aromas with some subtle floral notes. The palate is soft, lean and refined showing dark fruit, chocolate and black forest cake and a hint of cloves. The tannins are powdery and well-integrated with a balanced, seductive round finish.

Limited release: in honour of the establishment of Welgegund, only 1777 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

“Grenache Noir is normally destined for blending but when I saw the exceptional quality of this variety in barrel, I just knew that I had to do single cultivar bottling of this top niche variety and show this wine to the world.” Friedrich Kuhne, wine maker

Welgegund Heritage Wines Cinsault 2017

Double Silver.

This wine is produced from 44-year old southwest-facing, dryland bush vines planted in 1974 with an extremely low yield of 1.2 tons per hectare. 20% of the Cinsault was fermented whole-bunch, and 80% was de-stemmed. A large portion of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas and the balance was aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak.

Heritage vineyards produce distinctive wines that reflect more densely in the glass with greater palate weight, complexity, creaminess, structure and earthy flavour compounds rather than lighter aromas and fruity flavours. Old vines add intensity and a sense of place to the wines they produce.

Limited release: Only 1768 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

“After the severe drought of the 2016/2017 season, the Cinsault vines produced smaller berries of exceptional quality, bringing lovely colour and intense concentration to the wine and adding a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour. I wanted to showcase the ample fruit and aromas unique to Cinsault.” Friedrich Kuhne, wine maker

Harvest 2019, Friedrich Kuhne, Winemaker

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“The harvest at Welgegund Heritage Wines in Wellington began early at the end of January. The Carignan and Grenache Noir were picked first, followed by the Chenin Blanc in early February. The Shiraz was harvested in the middle of the month and  Cinsault completed the 2019 harvest late in February. On reflection of the harvest and from what is showing in the cellar, I am very optimistic. The 2019 harvest looks very promising and I believe it to be one of our best. The reds are showing excellent colour with fruit-driven savoury notes, and the Chenin extreme complexity, finesse and purity.’

The quality of our fruit, despite some challenging circumstances over the past few years, is testament to our unique fingerprint of terroir and climate and the nature of our very old vines. Planted in the ancient decomposed granite of the foothills of the Hawequa mountains and protected by the cooling breezes funnelling down the valley, our dry land, bush vines offer low yields of fruit with exceptional concentration and depth of flavour.

After the severe drought in 2017, we were pleased to receive solid rainfall during the winter of 2018 and the 2018/2019 summer was cooler than usual. All our vineyards are dryland, which means they are not irrigated, which despite many benefits, can be very challenging. Counteracting the effects of the drought, our cover crops of barley, rye and bitter lupins, provided a moisture safety net and improved soil quality. The soils of our Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Cinsault and Carignan Block vineyard have a relatively high moisture content resulting from their relatively high clay content.

At Welgegund we strive to craft wines of authenticity and distinction, paying careful attention to the vines and minimising our intervention in the cellar, which allows vineyard and terroir expression to create wines true to their cultivar and their provenance. This gentle style of winemaking encourages the natural extraction of aroma, colour and flavour. One of the most important factors when following this philosophy, is getting harvest dates correct. Grapes are tasted and analyses conducted regularly so that picking is done at the perfect time for each varietal. All our fruit is picked by hand into small crates, a labour of love when harvesting old bush vines.

We have fermented five different batches of Chenin Blanc; two in tank with commercial yeast added and fermenting at cooler temperatures, giving off lovely passion fruit, guava, flowers and nectarine peach aromas and three batches in 500-litre, first-fill French oak barrels from different coopers. Fermentation was ‘all natural’ to preserve the identity of the old vineyard and has created our purest expression of Chenin Blanc, with pear, stone fruit, lime zest and citrus aromas evident. A blend of only the best components will be bottled.

Different batches of Cinsault were also fermented to add dimension and character to the final blend and these include batches whole bunch fermentation in 500-litre French oak barrels, one part with the stem and the other destemmed. This will add to the structure and ensure early oak integration. Other components were fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the savoury aromas of the juice. A halfway ‘natural ferment had different commercial yeasts added later, which has enhanced complexity.

Fermentation of our Grenache was also partly natural, with different yeasts added later for desired layering and complexity. A large portion of the wine is being aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas, with the balance in 2nd and 3rd-fill, 500-litre, lightly toasted French oak barrels.

‘These are exciting times in the cellar, and I am looking forward to an all-round fine offering of Welgegund wines this year: fresh with a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour.’

New Varietals from Welgegund Heritage Wines

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Welgegund Heritage Wines’ launches two new varietals, Cinsault 2017 and Grenache Noir 2017

The Vintage

“2017 proved to be an exceptional vintage, says winemaker, Friedrich Kühne. “Our single vineyard Cinsault and our Grenache Noir are normally destined for blending (although a Cinsault was produced in 2006, it was later discontinued), but when I saw the exceptional quality of these varietals in barrel, I just knew that I had to do single cultivar bottlings of these top niche varieties and show these wines to the world. The immense drought of the 2016/2017 season created smaller Cinsault and Grenache berries which brought lovely colour and intense concentration to the wines, with a wealth of fruit, richness, texture and depth of flavour. I wanted to showcase the ample fruit and aromas unique to Cinsault and Grenache Noir.”

Wine philosophy

At Welgegund we strive to craft wines of authenticity and distinction, paying careful attention to the vines and minimising our intervention in the cellar, which allows vineyard and terroir expression to create wines true to their cultivar and their provenance. This gentle style of winemaking encourages the natural extraction of aroma, colour and flavour. All our fruit is picked by hand into small crates, a labour of love when harvesting old bush vines.

Welgegund Heritage Wines Cinsault 2017

Single Vineyard Special Release

This wine is produced from 44-year old southwest-facing dryland bush vines planted in 1974, with an extremely low yield of 1.2 tons per hectare. 20% of the Cinsault was whole bunch fermented and 80% was de-stemmed. A large portion of the wine was aged unoaked, to retain fresh fruity aromas, with the balance aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak.

Winemaker’s tasting notes: Clear bright, with fresh purple hues. The nose shows an array of fruit, with pure fresh berries, sour cherries, raspberries, cranberry with strawberry and a hint of spice on the nose. The palate is soft, juicy and consistent, showing liquorish, dark fruit with subtle savoury notes to the fore. The tannins are silky with a persistent clean finish. Our purest expression of Cinsault.

Serving suggestions: Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a charcuterie board in summer or game fish such as seared tuna or sushi. The Cinsault also pairs fantastically with ostrich fillet, venison and other game dishes.

Limited release: Only 1768 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

Welgegund Heritage Wines Grenache Noir 2017

Special release

This wine is produced from high-altitude, west-facing, dryland bush vines planted in 2006. Half of the wine was aged unoaked to retain fresh fruity aromas and the balance was aged for 14 months in 3rd and 4th-fill French oak barrels.

 

Winemaker’s tasting notes: Bright, exuberant with light violet hues. The nose shows ample fruit, with freshly picked blackberries, cassis, raspberries and a slight floral perfume on the nose. The palate is soft, lean and refined, showing dark fruit, chocolate black forest cake with subtle hints of cloves. The tannins are powdery and well integrated tannins with a balanced seductive round finish.

Serving suggestions: Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with roasted wild mushrooms, cured or cold smoked red meat and marinated Mediterranean vegetables. This wine also pairs beautifully with dishes cooked with earthy spices such as paprika, cloves and cumin.

Limited release: in honour of the establishment of Welgegund, only 1777 individually numbered bottles have been produced.

Welgegund’s Certified Heritage Vineyards and the Old Vines Project

Welgegund’s old blocks of low-yielding, dryland bush vines form part of the new and exciting Old Vine Project. The Old Vine Project is an industry initiative, dedicated to recognizing the special character of the Cape’s wine heritage and to preserving these beautiful old vines. Vineyards planted than 35 years ago are being honoured with Certified Heritage Vineyards plaques, and wines made from these heritage vineyards will proudly bear the Old Vine Project Heritage Certification Seal. This is a world first and in recognition of the important work of the Old Vine Project, the Platter’s Wine Guide are including the Certified Heritage Wines icon in the 2019 edition.

What makes Old Vines wine special? Old vines have their own unique characters, developed by each individual season that they have experienced. The Old Vine Project is passionate about protecting these vines and sharing the special story of South Africa’s long winemaking history. Heritage vineyards produce distinctive wines that reflect more densely in the glass with greater palate weight, complexity, creaminess, structure and earthy flavour compounds rather than lighter aromas and fruity flavours. Old vines add intensity and a sense of place to the wines they produce.