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(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% Shiraz) VINEYARDS For this delicious wine, we select the sites and clones which promote greater aromatics and a more accessible palate. The vineyards are planted on ancient, granite derived soils on south and south east facing slopes. In total six clones of Shiraz are used, and each clone enriches the complexity of the final wine. VINIFICATION All grapes are hand selected and chilled overnight before being partially destemmed and placed as whole berries in open-top fermenters. The berry mash is cold soaked for 48hrs, before fermenting spontaneously. Fermentation takes place at a cool 22°C. All fermentation is done by wild yeasts. During fermentation, the wine is mixed by hand and not by pump. This method facilitates greater control and expression of the wine. Once fermentation is complete the skins are pressed in a traditional basket press and the wine is transferred to 500L second and third fill French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurs in the barrel and helps to soften and enhance the natural wine flavours. The wine will spend more than a year in barrel to improved maturity and expose more flavours. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine a deep purple colour with flashes of scarlet. The ripe plum and mulberry aromas are uplifted with cherry blossom and violets, while infused with subtle cinnamon and aromatic white pepper. The palate is gentle and the tannins fresh but rounded. The aromatics continue into the palate with added blueberry, a hint of roasted black olives and soft-spoken sweet spice. A versatile, vibrant medium-bodied wine, the Baldrick Shiraz will enhance many a dish and occasion. We recommend it with slow cooked lamb, freshly seared steak and mashed potato with caramelised onion gravy. You could even have it with turnip…?! Accolades 2018 Vintage:
2020 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge – Gold 2020 Vitis Vinifera - Gold 2020 Gold wine awards - Gold 2021 Platter’s Guide – 4 Stars 2021 South African Wine Index (SAWI) – Platinum Award 95+2019 Vintage:
2021 Gold Wine Awards -GoldAnalysis pH 3.5 Total Acidity 5.4 g/l Residual Sugar 3.3 g/l Alcohol 13.6 % Download Tasting Sheet
(100% Cabernet Sauvignon) VINEYARDS The grapes used for this very special wine originate from the same vineyard used to make the highly acclaimed Bowwood blend, previously produced by Julian Johnsen and Bruce Jack. This Southwest-facing slope is located on one of Vondeling’s highest and most temperate slopes. The roots burrow deep into nutrient poor, well weathered granite soils. This offers great consistency of concentration and aroma. The grapes are harvested at 25°balling. Hand picking ensures that only the very best fruit enters the cellar. VINIFICATION Upon arrival at the cellar the grapes are pre-chilled before processing. Once chilled they are gently destemmed, and the berries cold soaked for two days before natural fermentation is allowed to occur. A combination of whole and crushed berries allows for a slow extraction of tannins and an intense fruit driven profile. Fermentation takes place in open top fermenters and extraction is encouraged by hand plunging. After fermentation, extended maceration on the skins is allowed for one week. Extended maceration allows the components to mesh and achieve greater harmony. The wine is then drained to 300Lt Hungarian oak barrels and the skins are pressed in a traditional wooden basket press. 100% malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel after which the wine is racked and returned to barrel for at least one full year. After a total time of 18 months in barrel, the wine is bottled and laid to rest for another year before finally being released. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine displays a dark ruby red colour. Shows a beautiful aroma of white musk, cinnamon, red cherries, cigar box and sultry vanilla. It has a broad, succulent and silky palate with plenty of red fruit, smoky cigar box, roasted almonds, and maraschino cherries. Fine, textured tannins on the finish. Wine can be paired with hearty, slow-cooked red meat dishes or a simple sirloin or fillet with a green peppercorn or truffle and mushroom sauce. Accolades 2019 Vintage: 2022 Platter’s Guide -4.5 Stars (91pts) 2018 Vintage: 2020 Gold Wine Awards – Gold 2021 Platter’s Guide – 4 Stars 2021 Tim Atkin - 89pts Analysis pH 3.63 Total Acidity 5.7 g/l Residual Sugar 2.8 g/l Alcohol 13.52 % 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% MERLOT) VINEYARDS The grapes for this delicious wine originate from a vineyard we call the Spice Block. A steep, Southwest-facing slope of primarily granite but with a touch of gravel and clay to flesh it out. The vines are nearing twenty years of age and moderate crops ensure that the wine has a wholesome body and intense flavour. Picking is done by hand and the berries are sorted to remove any unwanted green matter. VINIFICATION Upon arrival at the cellar, the grapes are pre-chilled before processing. Once chilled they are gently destemmed, and the berries cold-soaked for two days before natural fermentation begins. A combination of whole and crushed berries allows for a slow extraction of tannins and an intense fruit-driven profile. Fermentation takes place in open-top fermenters and extraction is encouraged by hand plunging. After fermentation, extended maceration on the skins is allowed for one week. Extended maceration allows the components to mesh and achieve greater harmony. The wine is then drained to 300Lt French oak barrels and the skins are pressed in a traditional wooden basket press. Malolactic fermentation takes place in the barrel after which the wine is racked and returned to barrel for at least one full year. After 18 months in barrel, the wine is bottled and matured briefly before being released. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine has a vibrant, dark ruby red colour. A truly splendid nose of black cherry, sweet raspberry and aromatic lavender. The palate is smooth and soft with abundant, juicy redberry fruit, sweet liquorice and exceptionally fine tannin. The finish is clean, long and lingering. Our Merlot pairs wonderfully with tomato-based pasta dishes, chicken and barbequed lamb chops. Accolades 2019 Vintage:
2022 Platter’s Guide- 4 Stars 2022 Gilbert Gaillard – Double Gold (91pts)2018 Vintage:
2021 Platter’s Guide – 4 Stars 2021 Winemag -92 pts 2021 Tim Atkin -89 pts2017 Vintage: 2021 Platter's Guide – 4 Stars 2018 Michelangelo Awards – Gold Medal 2020 Veritas - Silver 2018 Tim Atkin 92 Points 2020 Winemag 90 Points Analysis pH 3.53 Total Acidity 5.7 g/l Residual Sugar 4.0 g/l Alcohol 14.0 % Download Tasting Sheet
Date: 11 September 2022
Time: 15h00 -18h30 (doors will open at 14hoo)
Venue: Vondeling Wines, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 7646
Price: Adults R250pp / Kids R55 (under 12)
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(100% Chenin Blanc) VINEYARDS This wine is made from a single, site-specific vineyard, planted in ancient granitic soils. It’s the highest vineyard on Vondeling and offers magnificent views of our beautiful Voor Paardeberg region. The elevation of the vines, as well as the steepness of the slope and a Southfacing aspect, ensure that this is our coolest location. The vineyard has poor vigour and the vines are shy yielding. This ensures tiny berries with concentrated flavour and vibrant acidity. VINIFICATION The grapes are hand-picked in mid-February with a ripeness of 23.5 Balling. Each bunch is pre-chilled before being whole bunch pressed. The juice remains unsettled and is transferred immediately to French Oak barrels for fermentation. At no stage is yeast or acid added and the “Dirty juice” acts as a nutrient source for the indigenous yeast. It also imparts considerable structure and gives the wine its golden appearance. During the wine’s winter maturation on the gross lees, it normally undergoes a high degree of Malolactic fermentation. This process softens the wine and ensures the harmonious integration of the oak. After winter, the finest barrels are selected, racked and returned for an additional 6 months in barrel. In January, the barrels are screened a second time and the chosen few are prepared for bottling. Due to the fullness and structure of this wine, we insist on a minimum of 9 months rest in bottle before release for purchase. FURTHER REMARKS The Bowwood motto is to produce singular, sight-specific wines that exemplify not only the best examples of their type in South Africa but of those of the world. Special attention is given to how the wine will mature over time and we highly recommend additional cellaring to release the wine’s full potential. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING Light dances through this wine’s bright, gold leaf colour. It captures, bends and reflects with the same hypnotic rhythm as a fresh mountain stream in the late light of summer. A cerebral experience, the wine is initially timid on the nose, but soon explodes kaleidoscopically in the back of the brain. Delicate apricot, yellow pear and cut straw aromas are fabulously supported by denser greengage, crushed cumin, raw almond and wild celery. The palate is luxurious and full, with a chalky dryness and vast savoury spectrum. Its mineral freshness showcases honeyed tangerine, roasted corn, ripe quince and sweet cashew. Savoury notes include freshly minced bay leaf and fine ground nutmeg. We recommend this wine be paired with nut crusted swordfish and saffron infused risotto or crispy, shredded duck on spring onion pancakes with tomato salsa. Accolades 2019 Vintage: 2022 Gilbert Gaillard - Double Gold (90pts) 2021 Winemag - 87pts 2021 Tim Atkin - 90pts 2021 Platter's Guide - 4.5 Stars 2020 Winemag 93 Points Analysis pH 3.6 Total Acidity 5.3 g/l Residual Sugar 4.4 g/l Alcohol 13.8 % Download Tasting Sheet
(100% Pinotage) VINEYARDS This wine is made from a small, site-specific vineyard, planted in clay-rich gravel soil. The vigour of the vineyard is relatively poor, and the vines are shy yielding. This ensures tiny berries with concentrated flavour. The North-South orientation of the block means that the grapes are well exposed to morning and late afternoon sunshine, which is perfect for intense colour and aromatic development. VINIFICATION The grapes are hand-picked in early February with the ripeness of 25 Balling. Each bunch is pre-chilled before being destemmed and berry sorted. The berries are not crushed but are fermented whole. This allows for a gradual extraction of tannins and colour, which promotes finesse, balance and longevity. The berries are fermented in open-top fermenters, which provide easy access for the winemaker to assess and manipulate the fermentation. The wine is punched down (mixed) rigorously for 5 days and then basket pressed directly to new and second fill, 300L American oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel, which promotes harmony and seamless integration of the oak flavours. The wine is further matured on the yeast and malolactic lees for 14 months. At this point, the finest 8 barrels are selected, blended and returned to barrel for an additional 6 months. Finally, the wine is kept for 4 months in a stainless-steel tank to promote stability and clarification, before it is bottled and laid to rest for a full year before it is released. FURTHER REMARKS The Bowwood Pinotage is produced to rival the very best wines of the world and special attention is given to how the wine will mature over time. This is only the third vintage of Bowwood Pinotage and will benefit greatly from additional cellaring to expose its true potential. TASTING NOTES & CELLARING & FOOD PAIRING The wine is impressively opaque in colour with dark hues of purple and red. An intense blackberry and cherry bouquet is sensuously interlaced with sweet cloves and subtle vanilla oak. The bold fruit and subtle spice aromatics persist on the palate with additional undertones of roasted almonds and trimmed cigar. The palate is broad and rich with soft acidity and abundant, finely textured tannin. This is a luxurious and full flavoured modern wine. Accolades Vintage 2018: 2022 Platter's Guide - 4.5 Stars (94pts) 2022 Gilbert Gaillard - Double Gold (92pts) 2021 Veritas - Gold 2021 Michelangelo - Double Gold 2021 Tim Atkin 92pts 2017 Vintage: 2020 Michelangelo - Gold 2020 Veritas - Double Gold 2021 Platter’s Guide – 4 Stars 2021 ABSA TOP 20 Analysis pH 3.43 Total Acidity 6.0 g/l Residual Sugar 2.7 g/l Alcohol 13.9 % Download Tasting Sheet
This publication materialised following a fire on the Paardeberg, which burnt 75% of the mountain above the farmlands. Being the first fire in 25 years, it offered an unmatched opportunity to document and observe the emergent plant species as they germinated and flowered. Sponsored by Anthony Ward, of Vondeling Wine Estate, botanist and photographer Greg Nicolson recorded and archived images and specimens over 18 months, in consultation with the Compton Herbarium. He collected over 1000 species, including one species new to science, and a number of new distribution records. Walking the mountain for over 18 months, gave Greg a broad view of animal, bird and insect inhabitants of the Paardeberg that have been included among the flowers. Ruth Garland was invited to write text to the publication, which is designed to highlight an appreciation of the diversity and beauty of this part of the matchless Cape Floral Kingdom. This book is primarily to give pleasure to those who love the natural world while also providing an opportunity to learn more about a spectacular part of it, so that it is treasured and adequately protected for generations to come.
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
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