Oldenburg Vineyards two new maiden vintage wines, The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007 and The Oldenburg ‘Le Quartre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007, good with Jane Anne Hobbs’s Slow-roasted Stuffed Leg of Lamb with a Basil Walnut Sauce – 21.02.2018


Oldenburg Vineyards, Rondekop to the right

Oldenburg Vineyards has a dream setting. High up in the Banghoek Valley, it is surrounded by mountains of Alpine proportions. The Estate has the most enchanting little hillock in its midst called Rondekop, made up of ferricrete soils, which add so much to the flavour of the Oldenburg wines. Oldenburg has recently introduced two maiden vintage wines in perfect time for Autumn and Winter, The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007 and The Oldenburg ‘Le Quartre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007. These two wines are available only from the Estate, the drive to which is, as they say in the Michelin guide, ‘well worth the visit.


The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007

The grapes for the Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007 came off a vineyard which at the time was three years old, planted on Glen Rosa and Oakleaf soils. Treated with gentle processing in the cellar, the hand harvested grapes are destalked and gently crushed. For the first three days of fermentation, 3 hourly pump overs took place. 14 months of maturation in French oak barrels too place before the wine was prepared for bottling.

It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with the traditional black and silver livery. In the glass, it is a brick red at the core which pales out at the edges.


Syrah Grapes, ripening on the vine

It smells like
Generous red berries and plums. Whiffs of charcuterie and the undertow of oak with it concomitant spices.

It tastes like
Rich red roadside brambles, mulberries and bloodplums.  Full dry palate with gentle, yet firm tannins. Notes of mocha and minerals. Good long aftertaste. Easily accessible now, though will age for a couple of years.


The Oldenburg ‘Le Quatre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007

The grapes for The Oldenburg ‘Le Quatre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007 come from a vineyard, planted in Oakleaf and Dundee soils, which at the time of harvest was three years old. Identical winemaking and maturing used as for the Joshua Syrah.

It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with off white livery, using the classical Oldenburg style of livery. In the glass, it is a rich ruby red at the core which pales out to rusty garnet at the edges.


Cabernet Franc on the vine

It smells like
Interesting aromas of fynbos flowers and herbs, marzipan and naan bread. And the fruit is there in generous proportions.

It tastes like
Tart fruit like raspberries and redcurrants with an undertow of ripe plums. Grind of black peppercorns and thyme. Ideal food wine.


Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Basil & Walnut Sauce

Both wines are good with
These wines are excellent drinking by the glass due to the age. However they are both excellent with food. And good with spiced foods.  A good piece of boerewors off the braai, a fully flavoured vegetarian main course with aubergine, mushrooms and tomato are good choices. The perfect match for both of these wines is Jane Anne Hobbs’s Slow-roasted Stuffed Leg of Lamb with a Basil Walnut Sauce. Click here for her recipe.


Jane-Anne Hobbs


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