• (Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Cabernet Franc 13%, Malbec 12%) Limited release Philosophie, is a brave endeavour in which we attempt to marry the mind, the heart and the soil as we celebrate the diversity of Vondeling. THE STORY BEHIND THE LABEL Each year a celebrated artist is recruited to illustrate a rare Paardeberg flower in the medium of their choice. This unique rendition is placed on a numbered selection of Vondeling’s finest bottles to create a series of collectable and rare wine. This year, we’ve chosen the rare and endangered, Pauridia Capensis, commonly known as The Peacock Flower or Star of Winter, to be our flagbearer. This brave and vibrant bloom, beautifully illustrated by Edwina Ellis, is an apt choice for such a bold vintage. VINEYARDS In a handful of specific vineyards, we explore the absolute limits of quality with no consideration to cost. Once again, a small vineyard of ultra-low-yielding Cabernet Sauvignon, takes centre stage and is handsomely supported by fellow Bordeaux companions, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Each vineyard is carefully assessed at the end of the growing season and attentively pruned during the winter months. At bud burst, any shoots which develop poorly are immediately removed. This ensures that the remaining shoots have plenty of energy to grow sturdy, fertile flowers and facilitate uniform berry set. As the grapes develop only one bunch per cane is selected and the rest are dropped to the ground. This lowers the load on the vine, thereby removing any stress in the plant and allowing perfect flavour and tannin development. It also diminishes any need for irrigation and helps preserves the grape’s natural acidity. VINIFICATION Once deemed to have reached optimal ripeness the grapes are hand-picked and refrigerated for 24hrs. The bunches are carefully destemmed, and the berries individually sorted to remove any green material. The intact berries are then ferried, via conveyor belt, to open top fermenters for cold soaking. Cold soaking is done at 6 degrees Celsius for a period of 5 days. Cold soaking is a process which promotes partial degradation of the grape cell wall, to allow the gentle extraction of fruit flavours and aromatics located just below the surface of the skin. Subtle tannin extraction protects these delicate flavours and promotes colour stability. As the berries slowly come to room temperature, ambient yeast populations commence a spontaneous fermentation. This natural fermentation, by multiple wild yeast strains, is preferable, as it will ensure that the wine has complexity and character. A cool fermentation temperature slows the rate of fermentation and affords the winemaker adequate time to assess and manipulate the character of the wine, thus unlocking its full potential. The method of extraction is by regular, manual punch down and the wine is basket pressed after two weeks of maceration on the skins. From the press the wine moves directly to new 300L French Oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. This slow bacterial degradation of the wine’s harsher acidity has the welcome side effect of meshing the oak and natural fruit flavours together in a seamless package. The wine remains on its yeast and malolactic lees for 14 months before the best 10 barrels are selected, blended and returned for an additional 8 months of maturation. Of these 10 barrels only 5 are selected for the final blend. The wine is bottled after 3 months in tank and bottle matured for at least two years before release. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING A deep but vibrant, scarlet red colour. A wonderfully expressive and enthusiastic nose. Bursting with bright red cherry and high floral notes. Beautifully laced with sweet vanilla and subtle wood shavings. The palate is precise and bold with delightful tension. Ripe raspberry and cinnamon lead with underlying layers of trimmed cigar and fine tannin. Accolades 2016 Vintage: 2021 Tim Atkin 89pts 2022 Platter's Guide - 4.5 Stars (94pts) 2015 Vintage: 2018 Platter’s Guide – 4.5 Stars 2020 Platter’s Guide – 4.5 Stars 2020 Tim Atkin 93 Points 2020 Winemag – 92 points 2020 Veritas – Silver Outstanding 2021 Platter’s Guide – 4.5 stars (94 pts) Analysis pH 3.42 Total Acidity 6.3 g/l Residual Sugar 3.3 g/l Alcohol 13.92 % Download Tasting Sheet
  • VINEYARDS Made primarily from cold pressed Merlot, the anchor vineyard for this delicious wine is now 20yrs old. Located on a granite spur in the foothills of the Paardeberg Mountain, the berries are well exposed to sunlight. Exposure to sunlight is essential to eliminate green flavours from the fruit. The soil has a high clay percentage, and this lends softness and volume to the wine. Great care is taken to ensure that the vines do not bear too great a crop or suffer from drought. This is done through green cropping of the vines and micro irrigation. Both practices help to preserve the natural acidity, freshness and vibrancy of the grape aromas. VINIFICATION Grapes are picked at optimum ripeness in the early hours of the morning before being destemmed and chilled before pressing. This short route, from vine to press, ensures minimal degradation of the fruit aromas and a very moderate extraction of colour. All free run juice is kept separate from the “colour fraction” to ensure a deliciously subtle salmon colour. The juice is cold settled to remove any coarseness and fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks. The wine is 100% unoaked. A six-month period of maturation on the yeast lees promotes richness and complexity. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine has a delightful and delicate, salmon pink colour. It displays a bright bouquet of Turkish delight, raspberry coulis, passion fruit and litchi. The palate is well rounded but refreshingly vibrant, packed with red berry flavours, seductive floral undertones and a pleasant citrus twist. Pair with spicy Thai prawns, grilled Portuguese sardines or a fresh tomato, feta and pomegranate salad. Accolades 2022 Vintage: 2022 Gilbert Gaillard -Gold 2021 Vintage: 2021 Michaelangelo - Gold 2021 Vitis Vinifera - Gold 2021 Rose Rocks - Gold 2020 Vintage: 2020 Rose Rocks - Gold 2020 Vitis Vinifera Awards - Gold Analysis pH 3.39 Total Acidity 5.2 g/l Residual Sugar 2.8 g/l Alcohol 12.33 % Download Tasting Sheet
  • (80% Chardonnay & 20% Pinotage) VINEYARDS Vondeling Rurale is comprised of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinotage. The Chardonnay grapes originate from a single block, located on a south-west facing slope on the decomposed granite soils of the Paardeberg Mountain. The Pinotage grapes are grown on our lower valley slopes in soils comprised of gravel and clay. Typically, the Pinotage grapes add weight and texture. Unlike Mèthode CapClassique, Mèthode Ancestrale grapes are harvested with a potential alcohol of 12%(rather than 9%). This promotes a fuller, more rounded pallet with superior fruit expression without compromising on natural vibrancy and freshness. VINIFICATION Natural fermentation begins in a stainless-steel tank and when only a small, but critical amount of sugar remains, the fermenting wine is bottled and capped. Bottling must be done at the precise moment when there is enough remaining sugar to create a healthy, vibrant mousse, but not so much as to cause the bottles to explode. This single, continuous fermentation, using fruit which is approximately three weeks riper than the base wine used to make Mèthode Cap Classique, is what makes Mèthode Ancestrale unique. The wine is matured on its lees for 3 years before riddling and disgorging. Autolysis of the yeast cells increases the richness, palate weight, and creaminess to the wine. After being hand-riddled over a one-month period, it is disgorged and topped using our flagship white blend, Babiana from the2013 vintage, as an alternative to liqueur d’expedition. The name Rurale is the original name for what was later recognized by the French A.O.C as MèthodeAncestrale. We love the implication that this is an uncomplicated, yet pure expression of both the grape and its origins. Rurale was the first recognizedMèthode Ancestrale to be produced in South Africa and remains the leader in this category. Vondeling was instrumental in drafting the technical description, which allowed this new category to be recognized in 2014. It is a highly labor-intensive way to produce sparkling wine, and for this reason, only 3300 bottles were produced. All grapes are grown and vinified on Vondeling Farm and Cellar. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine displays a pale straw colour typical of bubbly that has enjoyed the benefits of extended lees maturation. Tiny, pearl-string bubbles and fine mousse abound. Beautiful aromas of lavender honey, lime, crisp apple with freshly baked pastry, and toasted almonds on the nose. The palate is bright and zippy with vibrant acidity and a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Fresh apple appears again along with pears, confected lemon, and a long, rich, lingering after taste. Rurale can be paired with smoked salmon, fennel roasted trout, or fresh oysters with a squeeze of lemon, salt, and pepper. Accolades: 2018 Vintage: 2021 SA Sparkling Wine Championships – Double Gold 2022 Platter’s Guide-4.5 Stars (93pts) 2021 Michelangelo- Gold 2022 Platter’s Guide-4.5 Stars (93pts)

    2016 Vintage:

    2021 Platter’s Guide – 4.5 Stars 2019 SA Sparkling Wine Championships – Double Gold 2020 Tim Atkin 90 points

      Analysis: pH 3.37 Total Acidity 8.0 g/l Residual Sugar 4.7 g/l Alcohol 11.94 % 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.


    Grapes 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
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    (100% Muscat de Frontignan) VINEYARDS This wine is made from a single vineyard of Muscat d’Frontignan. The winemaking begins in the vineyard. When the acidity and sugar are in perfect harmony, the stem of each bunch is individually crimped to isolate the bunch from the vine. The crimping process stops the supply of water to the bunch, causing the berries to desiccate on the vine. Crimping is done before the grapes are 100% ripe and still high in natural acidity. The crimping process concentrates the sugar and the acidity of the berries and takes up to two weeks. The grapes are naturally protected from the sun by the vine canopy and air movement across the berries stops moulds and fungi from forming while they are drying. Finally, the fruit is ready for picking. VINIFICATION The dried grapes are hand-picked and chilled overnight. They are then destemmed, but not crushed, directly to open top fermenters. Here the berries are fermented much like a red wine, with periodic punch downs, to extract all the syrupy juice from inside. This method adds structure to the wine and the light tannins help to preserve fruity freshness. After approximately one week on the skins, they are pressed, and fermentation is completed in tank. Fermentation stops naturally when the combination of high acidity, increasing alcohol and concentrated sugar finally becomes too inhibitory for the yeast. The wine is aged for 11 months on the gross lees before it is bottled. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine displays a golden to light amber colour. It has a perfumed nose of bright pineapple, ripe apricot, honeyed marmalade and seductive rose petal. These heady aromas are supported by orange blossom, jasmine and wild rosemary. The nose carries through to the taste, where the mouth-watering sweetness is cut by a tangy acidity, which ensures a persistent and refreshing finish. This is a naturally fermented and unfortified wine, and allows for many delightful treats, which may incl. savoury duck liver pate, sweet spice-laced puddings and traditional soft cheeses. Serve chilled and don’t wait for dessert. Accolades 2022 Platter’s Guide – 4.5 Stars

    2017 Vintage:

    2020 Platter’s Guide – 4.5 Stars 2018 James Suckling SA Report 90 points

      Analysis pH 3.38 Total Acidity 6.4 g/l Residual Sugar 177.6 g/l Alcohol 12.38 % Download Tasting Sheet