Oldenburg Vineyards is a family-owned Winery in the Banghoek Valley, a cooler part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The wine takes its name from Rondekop, an enchanting little hillock in the centre of the Estate made up of ferricrete soils. Early Stone Age Axes have been found on Rondekop and are estimated to be approximately 100,000 years old. A mystical magical place to plant a Syrah vineyard.
Partially whole bunch and partially whole berry fermented with regular punch downs during fermentation, the grapes were left to macerate in the wine for up to 3 weeks post fermentation. The wine aged for 14 months in a combination of 300L and 500L French oak barrels. Malolactic conversion was completed in the barrels. The wine is unfined, and bottled unfiltered.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label depicts the 8 natural elements found on the Estate. In the glass, the wine is a purple bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. The aromas jump out at you, red and black berry and cherry fruit and plums. Good oak spice and vanilla. The palate from entry has a beautiful acidity line from entry, through a rich and generous, almost savoury palate with country lane fruits like brambles and mulberries well supported by the wines tannins. Eminently drinkable now, though it will reward after anything up to 10 years of cool cellaring.
The Oldenburg Vineyards Rondekop Series Stone Axe 2019 is a serious sipping wine, though Estate Winemaker Nic van Aarde has produced one which loves food. With quinces in season now, Meeta K Wolff’s Lamb and Quince Tagine is the ideal partner. Click HERE for her recipe.
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