(56% Chenin Blanc, 24% Viognier, 12% Grenache Blanc & 8% Roussanne) Named in honour of Babiana Noctiflora, which is a rare species of fynbos found only on the Paardeberg Mountain. It has a delicate yellow flower which releases its scent in the evenings to attract an extremely rare moth for pollination. The Syngrapha Circumflexa of the Noctuidae moth family is also known as Owlet moths. THE NAME BABIANA Babiana Noctiflora belongs to the Iris family. The name Babiana is derived from the Dutch ‘baviaantje’, meaning 'little baboon', because baboons were seen preferentially eating the corms of these plants. This species has lost habitat to vineyards and fruit orchards in the past, but at Vondeling we conserve this endangered species. VINEYARDS Made predominantly from Chenin Blanc, picked from a single block of old vines (planted in 1987). Their age and low yield ensure consistent quality and concentration, which is why it forms the backbone of our blend. The fullness of the Chenin is tempered by the verve and high aromatics of the Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne. VINIFICATION All grapes are hand-picked at optimum ripeness and refrigerated for 24hrs before being processed. The Chenin is whole bunch press and no Sulphur added to promote wild yeast development. The unsettled juice is then rapidly transferred to barrel for natural fermentation. Although a nerve-racking process, this method lends structure, complexity and longevity to the wine. The Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier are destemmed and cold fermented for 8 days on the skins before being basket pressed directly to barrel to complete fermentation. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation and is matured 10 months on the lees before being racked, blended and bottled. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine has a pale, straw-like colour with a slight green hue. A nose with poise and promise, abundant honeyed notes, rolled oats, roasted almonds and fresh citrus blossoms. A pinch of fragrant cloves and energetic jasmine. A textured palate with layered density and length. Flavours include sweet ginger, toffee meringue, cashew nuts and a gentle oak presence. This complex wine is recommended with many an evening dish. Enjoy with rabbit in white wine sauce and shallots or simple, aromatic Asian dishes and rich seafood. Accolades 2020 Vintage: 2021 Tim Atkin 91pts 2021 South African Wine Index (SAWI) – Platinum Award 95+ 2021 Platter’s Guide- 4.5 Stars (91pts) 2019 Vintage: 2021 Platter’s Guide- 5 Stars (95pts) 2021 Winemag 94 points Analysis pH 3.55 Total Acidity 5.9 g/l Residual Sugar 3.4 g/l Alcohol 13.3 % Download Tasting Sheet
(100% Chardonnay) VINEYARDS This tiny, tree-lined vineyard is tucked away in the upper valley of our farm, protected from harsh sunlight and extreme temperatures, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly. These moderate temperatures help preserve the grape’s natural acidity and fresh citrus aromas. The yields are kept low to eliminate stress in the vine and ensure good, uniform ripeness. The soil is made up entirely of well-weathered granite. VINIFICATION All grapes are picked at optimum ripeness in the early hours of the morning. They are then packed into a cold room to be chilled further for processing the following day. The grapes are whole bunch pressed, which reduces the absorption of coarse phenolics and helps retain more of the grape’s natural vibrancy. The juice is not settled but sent directly to 400-litre French oak barrels where spontaneous wild yeast fermentation takes place. No Sulphur is added, and the wine typically undergoes a high degree of malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured on its yeast lees for 7 months after which it is blended to tank, then returned to barrel for a further 4 months. The wine spends 11 months in barrel before being returned to tank for a gentle filtration and stabilisation before bottling. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine has a bright hue and a vibrant golden colour. It has a striking nose of sliced pear and peach blossom interwoven with subtle lime and caramelised oats. A full-bodied wine but with excellent palate tension. Crisp apple and chalky citrus are infused with layers of Crème Brulé and roasted almonds. The flavours are refreshing, and the finish refined. Exceptionally well suited to grilled fish, creamy Alfredo pasta and salads. The freshness of the wine also makes it ideal for mild, aromatic curries. Accolades 2019 Vintage:
2021 Platter’s Guide – 4 Stars 2020 South African Wine Index (SAWI) – Platinum Award 95+ 2021 South African Wine Index (SAWI) – Platinum Award 95+2020 Vintage: 2021 Platter's Guide - 4 Stars Analysis pH 3.5 Total Acidity 5.7 g/l Residual Sugar 3.1 g/l Alcohol 13.5 % Download Tasting Sheet
(100% Chenin Blanc) VINEYARDS Old vine Chenin Blanc planted on south facing slopes and composed exclusively of shy bearing, well weathered granite soils. These vineyards produce a low average crop of only 9 tons per hectare, which ensures a tremendous concentration of fruit flavours on the palate. All the fruit is hand-picked on taste at an optimum ripeness, ranging from 21-23ºB. VINIFICATION Our grapes are picked in the cool, early hours of the morning and processed immediately. The grapes are destemmed and chilled further before they are pressed. This short supply from vine to press ensures minimal degradation of the fruit aromas. The free run juice and press juices are kept separate from each other and treated according to their individual character. The wines are cold fermented in small stainless-steel tanks and are 100% unwooded. This method locks in freshness and vigour, which elevates the natural aromatics. After fermentation, the wines are matured on the yeast lees to promote mouth feel and creaminess, before they are blended, stabilized and bottled. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine has a striking, pale lime colour. The nose has pronounced tropical aromas of guava, passion fruit and melon with an interesting floral, potpourri twist. On the palate you can enjoy white peach, kiwi fruit and pink lady apple, underpinned by a delightful flinty freshness and delicate citrus finish. Full and fresh, this wine will pair well with prawn risotto, lobster, soft cheeses and sunshine. Accolades 2022 Vintage: 2022 Gilbert Gaillard - Gold 2021 Vintage: 2021 Michaelangelo - Gold 2020 Vintage: 2020 Gold Wines Awards - Gold Analysis pH 3.36 Total Acidity 5.7 g/l Residual Sugar 6.6 g/l Alcohol 12.52 % Download Tasting Sheet
The grapes used to make this wine come from two adjacent old vineyards planted in 1981 and 1984 respectively. For obvious reasons the one vineyard is simply called the Spice Block and the other the Long Block. Yields are rarely above 7t/ha and therefore naturally produce wines of structure and superior concentration. Our soils consist primarily of deep, well-weathered granite with moderate amounts of clay and iron. Such soils elevate the aromatics and promote finesse in the wine.
VINIFICATIONGrapes are picked in the cool, early hours of the morning then packed into a cold room for further cooling. Once the grapes are below 10°C they are gently destemmed, crushed and pressed speedily to tank. During this process, the sensitive Sauvignon Blanc juice is protected from oxidative degradation, through the judicious application of dry ice pellets. These pellets form an “insulation blanket” of carbon dioxide gas above the juice. The initial, free-run juice and press juice are managed separately, according to their character. The juice is cold settled for 48 hours before it is racked from its sediments and inoculated with pure yeast cultures. Cold fermentation at 13°C locks in freshness and ensures an intense tropical fruit bouquet. After fermentation, the wine is kept on the gross lees for 4 months. This practice adds weight and texture to the palate. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING
The wine is crystal clear with a slight green edge. It displays an aromatic kaleidoscope, rich with perfumed peach blossom, white pear, passion fruit and lime. These wonderful aromas prevail on the palate with added guava, pineapple, potpourri and a hint of nettle. The roundness of the palate is perfectly balanced by a steely mineral zest and enjoyable long finish. Enjoy chilled with fresh sourdough bread and soft cheeses or lime drizzled game fish.Accolades 2020 Vintage: 2020 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge - Gold Analysis pH 3.32 Total Acidity 6.0 g/l Residual Sugar 2.9 g/l Alcohol 12.02 % Download Tasting Sheet
Little SparkleInspired by our pioneering, limited release Methode Ancestral, our Little Sparkle is a fresh and vibrant offering for every occasion. This endearing wine will wash away the mundane and bring out the fabulous in you. Work on this project began several years ago and was born from the desire to make a premium Sparkling Wine affordable to ALL our loyal customers and wedding guests. We knew we had excellent Chardonnay, well suited to the production of premium sparkling wine but felt that the Rurale, our Methode Ancestral, was perhaps out of reach for some. We began by experimenting with different fermentation techniques that would offer you complexity without bottle fermentation and ageing. To put it simply we had to achieve this in the tank and then by using cutting edge new technology and equipment we were able to bottle the wine under high pressure and add that effervescent sparkle we love so much. VINIFICATION There is no doubt that great wine is made in the vineyard. At Vondeling we are blessed with a healthy assortment of soils, slopes and the climatic conditions that allow our grapes to ripen perfectly. We only work with grapes we farm ourselves and are therefore certain of their virility. The grapes for this wine originate from our steeper, South-facing slopes, which are naturally cooler. This helps to preserve the grape’s natural acidity, ensuring freshness and vibrancy. The grapes are picked during the early hours of the morning and crushed as whole bunches to limit oxidation and phenolic extraction. Keeping the colour bright and the aromas intact. Once pressed, the juice is allowed to settle in stainless steel tanks for 48hrs before the clear juice is racked and inoculated with a specifically neutral yeast, which will not create any overly tropical aromas. This is essential in creating a base wine suitable for sparkling wine production. Should there be too many overtly fruity aromas, the wine will be less refreshing and the effect of the bubbles less discreet. Fermentation encouraged to take place vigorously and at a warm temperature to promote mouthfeel and to dimmish fruity aromas. Fermentation takes approximately two weeks, after which the wine remains on the yeast lees for a minimum of 7months. During this time, through a process known as autolysis, the yeast cell walls disintegrate and impart a creaminess to the wine. Storage conditions are kept cool to encourage precipitation of some of the natural acidity and to block any secondary malo-lactic fermentation. The wine is now ready for a final filtration to clarify the wine and ensure its sterility before being bottled with an in-bottle pressure 5,4 bars. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine is clear and vibrant with a hint of pale yellow on the fringe. Tiny chains of sparkling bubbles rise to the surface like miniature strings of pearls. On the nose, you’ll experience a mild citrus and brioche bouquet which is typical of premium sparkling Chardonnay. The Little Sparkle has a full palate with abundant bubbles and a smooth, soft, creamy finish Elegant and well-rounded, enjoy this wine wherever there is good company and great food. We recommend this wine with smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches or delicious West Coast oysters. Accolades 2021 SA Sparkling Wine Championship (Gold) Analysis pH 3.3 Total Acidity 7.3 g/l Residual Sugar 11.7 g/l Alcohol 12.9 % Download Tasting Sheet