The West facing slopes of the Simonsberg, its own Wine Appellation is holy ground for winemaking. On these slopes is a small wine estate known as Deux Frères, two brothers. Stephan du Toit studied viticulture at Stellenbosch University and then worked with celebrated South African wine-making legend Francois Naudé at L’Avenir Wine Estate, he also had experience working at Chateau Montlese and Chateau Desteux in St. Emilion and Chateau La Clemence in Pomerol. Brother, Retief, has followed a career in the financial industry. An experienced fund manager, he is responsible for the farm finances and loves to get away from the markets by hosting our weekend wine-tastings or tending to the beautiful gardens at Deux Frères.
Tasting this delicious wine recently was a great experience. Aged for 15 months in a mix of 225 litre French, Hungarian and American Oak Barrels, the blend is made up of Shiraz 70 % and Mourvèdre 30%. A more recent vintage, the 2015, is now on sale from the Estate. [Lockdown excluded]
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple and elegant and explanatory. In the glass, the wine is a deep plum at the heat which pales out to ruby at the rim. The first aroma which struck me was one of ripe sour cherries, then followed by black berries like mulberries and roadside brambles. The palate from entry is rich and generous with a line of gentle fruit acidity running through to the long aftertaste. The tannins are velvet gloved with the three oaks and their spice and vanilla is support. The American White Oak gives a lovely impression of sweetness in the ending. An impressive glass, ready to drink right now.
The Deux Frères Fraternité 2013, is a food wine, or the bottle you want after dinner with some lovely dark snappy Belgian Chocolate. The spice and fruit in the wine is perfect with a typical South African Bredie and my Lamb Knuckle & Quince Bredie is a great partner. Pears, like Forelle, can also be used instead of quinces, though cook them for a shorter time. Click HERE for my recipe.
Do try the Deux Frères Liberté 2015 – a juice making Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Blend.
Read more about Deux Frères Wines – CLICK HERE