A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, this is a genuinely impressive red Cape Bordeaux blend assemblage made in a true style where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its individual parts revealing very pretty, seductive aromatics of fine dried herbal spice, ripe black plums, earthy black currants, sappy cedar spice and a delicate brûléed kiss of oak. The palate is equally alluring showing a harmonious creamy opulence and a super silky texture together with a real accessibility, finessed tannins and a weightless brambly black berry fruit concentration on the finish. Youthfully exuberant and utterly delicious already, this is a fine wine with character and class… just like the man in who’s honour it was created to celebrate. Drink now and over 8+ years. (94/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Producer Information: Welbedacht
Sports mad Schalk Burger bought Welbedacht in 1997. As well as the neighbouring farm and the two Welbedacht Estate farms meant that all wine was grown, made and bottled on the Estate. They renovated the old Manor home, built their own full-sized cricket field, a 1,000-ton cellar, planted new vineyards as well as the restoring some 40-year-old vineyards; to make Welbedacht the blossoming haven it is today. They have a total of 110 hectares of fine vineyards. The 12 cultivars that we produced are Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Cinsaut, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot and Mourvedre. The Burger family have become synonymous with rugby in South Africa as well as the world with Schalk snr and Schalk jnr becoming the 8th father and son to both play for South Africa.