Yonder Hill Vineyards is situated on the Stellenbosch Somerset West road just before you drop down into Somerset West. On the lower slopes of the Helderberg, well known for the production of fine wines, the vineyard looks over False Bay from whence cooling afternoon breezes come to ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards. This means slower ripening and more flavour in the grapes when they are ripe. Table Mountain is also in side across to the west.
There are 13 hectares of vineyards planted, northfacing, on Oakleaf and Clovelly soils. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are the varieties planted.
While the cellar was built in 1993, it was modernised in 2007. The underground red wine barrel maturation cellar which allows for gravity feed rather than pumping holds 800 225 litre barrels.
The Yonder Hill Inanda 2014 is made by legendary Abé Beukes and while the grapes were separately vinified in stainless steel tanks. After gentle pressing and malolactic fermentation, the blend of 48% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot was made up and then matured for 16 months in the 225 litre oak barrels. 60% of these barrels were second fill French oak barrels, 40% of the barrels were third fill. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottled under screw cap closure. Elegant Yinder Hill livery. In the glass, it is a deep plum ruby at the core which pales out to garnet at the rim.
It smells like
Soft Merlot plums, herbaceous Cabernet Franc, crème de Cassis from the Cabernet Sauvignon and inky violets from the Petit Verdot. Undertow of gentle applied oak.
It tastes like
Red, black and blue berries and blood plums. Dark chocolate and mocha, tannin all well interwoven into the long tail. Perfectly harmonius from entry right through. Layered, complex with balance of the fruit,oak, acidity and aftertaste. This is a wine that will mature happily for up to 6 years from vintage.
It’s good with
While it is an excellent glass on its own, it is made for food. Chill for 30 minutes before serving. Justine Wall’s Beef Biryani, is deliciously spicy and is well matched with this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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Friday 30th June 17h00 to 21h00 and Saturday 1st July from 14h00 to 21h00.
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