De Waal PinotageDeWaal Pinotage 2015

When I think of DeWaal Wines, situated on the Uiterwyk Estate just south of the town of Stellenbosch, I usually think Pinotage. DeWaal Pinotages are amongst Pinotages from only 8 producers who have been awarded in the ABSA Pinotage Top 10 award 6 times or more in the years the competition has been running.

DeWaal Wines owns the oldest Pinotage Vineyard in South Africa called Top of the Hill, planted in 1950. Charl Theron de Waal, who was born on the Estate made the first barrel of Pinotage in 1941.  This year the Top of the Hill was awarded 4 and a half stars in the informative Platter’s Guide to South African Wine Guide in which only 2 Pinotages received a 5-star rating.

A The De Waal Barrel CellarThe DeWaal Barrel Cellar

The DeWaal Pinotage 2015 has just been released. The grapes are sourced from 25 – 30-year-old vineyards planted on gravel and loan on the warmer north facing slopes. The vineyards yield an even handed 9 tons per hectare.

Fermentation and maturation takes place over a period of 14 days.  Maturation takes place in for 6 months in French oak barrels before the wine is prepared for bottling.

It looks like
Bottled with a screw cap, the bottle is a Bordeaux shape and the livery really elegant. In the glass a deep Satsuma plum at the core which pales to a purple garnet at the rim.

It smells like
Classical Pinotage whiffs of plums and sweet cherries. Oak in undertow.

It tastes like
A medium bodied wine, richly flavoured with lovely red and black fruits. Mouth filling with well interwoven tannins in the lovely youthful aftertaste. This wine is a laster and will go for at least 6 or more years from harvest if well cellared.

My BobotieMy Bobotie, my grandmother’s spoons

It’s good with
This is a lovely glass of red wine while waiting for the braai flames to subside. It is a great food wine, perfect with spicy especially meats off the braai and some of our traditional dishes like Boerewors, Bobotie and Tomato Bredie. If you would like my Bobotie Recipe – CLICK HERE

Top of the Hill Fun Walk
The popular Top of the Hill Fun Walk will take place for the last time this year on Saturday 3rd December.

15032283_1158457177570588_6498262321980224935_nThe Wild Fig Tree standing guard over the Top of the Hill Vineyard
taken at super moon on November 14th

Meet at the DeWaal Tasting Room at 09h45 on December 3rd. The Walk commences at 10h00, through the farm and the rows of vines to the shade of the magnificent old Wild Fig Tree, a landmark on the farm, and growing next to this very old vineyard block. Here you will take a short break, as this is the perfect spot to taste the DeWaal flagship wine – Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014. This wine was selected in an Italian book in 2015 as one of the “1001 Wines to Drink at least Once in a Lifetime”. Included with the Top of the Hill Walk is a tasting of the DeWaal range, a lovely selection of local cheeses and delights on the outside Terrace and a glass of DeWaal wine. Cost: R195.00 per person.  Please make reservations 48 hours prior to the Fun Walk which is held weather-permitting.

For more details and reservations, please contact email: admin@dewaal.co.za or tel: 021 881 3711.

Read more about DeWaal Wines and buy their wines online – CLICK HERE

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