Lieben Wines, the home of Alwyn and Beulah Liebenberg, is situated in the Hemel en Aarde Appellation near Hermanus in the Overberg. Here they make a fine range of wines from noble varietes.
Alwyn has made Port for 4 seasons in the Douro Valley at Quinta de Pacheca. Quinta de Pacheca is amongst the valleys of the Douro River, near the left bank, in the village of Cambres, Lamego County, in the heart of the first Pombaline demarcation of the Region, one of the most prestigious and recognized properties in the Douro Demarcated Region. He also worked for the The Symington Family Vineyards, renowned British Port Makers, who have lived in the Douro Valley for more than 130 years – 5 generations, who produce premium ports and wines. At Quinto do Sul [Winery of the South], Alwyn makes his Cape Vintage in the traditional Port way in open top fermenters. Longer times on the skin produce big favours and good colour.
From a traditional Port shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The packaging echoes Portuguese Port labels. The colour of the wine at the heart is a deep purple tinged bloodplum which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas and palate flavours segue one into the other. Primary aromas and fruits are of blackcurrants, and what I call country lane fruits, roadside brambles, mulberries, oak spice and vanilla with an undertow of mocha. The wine eminently drinkable now, though with cool cellaring, it will reward after a couple of years.
The Quinta do Sol Cape Vintage 2020, is an elegant sipper, around the evening fire, with shards of good dark chocolate and fruit preserves. The French love a Porto Tonico, a drink much like a Gin and Tonic, long cold and tinkly. They also use Port as an aperitif. It’s good with a very very smooth chicken liver paté, the smoother the better. Other foods which are good with Port are a soft blue cheese, chocolate cake, a red berry sorbet and surprisingly, pickles and olives. Here is a delicious chocolate cake from Alida Ryder. Dulce de Leche is very popular in Portugal.
Alida Ryder’s Easy Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake – CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE
You can buy this wine in Gauteng from Lood du Plessis – 072 276 0788
Read more about Lieben Wines – CLICK HERE