Cape Gate Wine Festival 2017

We will be there, and you
Make sure to taste our newly release Danilo Rose 2017

Newsletter August 2017



Winemaker Abe Beukes is upbeat about his plans for the upcoming season and is on top of various initiatives to ensure optimum water use and quality grapes from our vineyards.

“As promised in the previous newsletter we started with a long term plan to save water in our vineyards. We fully covered the soil in our first block with straw and will continue with the process annually after harvest until all the vineyards are done.

This will result in less sun on the soil and less evaporation of soil water. The lower soil temperatures are also better for microbial life and creatures like earthworms. The deterioration of the straw will improve the carbon content of the soil and this means better water retention.

It is a very expensive exercise but it will have a positive impact on quality and saving water in the longer term.”

“I am really looking forward to our new plantings! We have taken out the old block of Merlot and done a soil analysis. The plan is to replant that with Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat in 2018. This old Mediterranean cultivar is producing good wines in South African vineyards and is known for good colour, acidity and tannin structure. We plan to use it in our Inanda and Nicola blends.”

“In the cellar we are busy racking our 2016 reds from the barrels to prepare them for bottling later this year.”

It looks like it’s a busy time coming up for both vineyard and cellar teams.

Taste the Helderberg 15 June 2017

Slay your winter blues at Taste the Helderberg epicurean fest
Get the inside track on the best of Helderberg wines

15 June 2017

It’s time to shun the cold of winter and light up at Taste the Helderberg – the sophisticated annual sip-and-snack institution of warm company, levity and gastronomic delight.
For one night only, wine farms and restaurants in the desirable Helderberg region spread their rainbow colours in a showcase of fine local fare that takes place in Somerset West on Thursday, June 15. This year, you’re invited to shed the winter blues by donning something red – the theme colour that makes an eye-catching statement.
“Taste the Helderberg rapidly became one of the mainstays on the calendar of Western Cape wine events,” says Stellenbosch Wine Routes Manager Elmarie Rabe. “Memorable social gatherings are rarely as good without great food and wine, and Taste the Helderberg has it all.”
Taste the Helderberg’s flavour smorgasbord will once again be served up from 17h00 to 21h00 at the landmark NH The Lord Charles Hotel – an arrangement that’s proven ideal for many visitors who traditionally make a weekend of it in the light of the public holiday the following day, Friday June 16.
A highlight at Taste the Helderberg 2017 for wine-lovers in particular will be the opportunity to get an early-bird view and sampling of the famed region’s latest wines as well as tasters of icons that have put this Stellenbosch Wine Route sub-region on the map of international connoisseurs. Many of these show-stopper wines will be available for purchase at special promotional rates that are also applicable on delivery through logistics and transport solutions company Aramex, proud partner of Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
Also on offer will be foodie pop-ups by the Helderberg’s well-known eateries and the chance to learn more about winemaking specifics from the winemakers and viticulturists themselves.
The master classes on grape varieties have been laid on by demand to emphasize the climatic and geographic reasons behind the exceptional quality that hails from this coastal area just minutes from the centre of Cape Town.
Expect an evening of conviviality, further spruced up with a backdrop of live music.
Tickets to the event are R100pp and should advisably be booked online at

If any tickets remain, they’ll be sold at the door. For more information on Taste the Helderberg 2017 visit or call 021 886 8275. Taste the Helderberg is presented by the Stellenbosch Wine Routes and supported by Wesgro ( To take advantage of the long weekend and book accommodation at NH The Lord Charles hotel, visit _________________________________________________________________________________ Issued by: Issued on behalf of: Random Hat Communications Stellenbosch Wine Routes Contact: Leanne Sutherland Contact: Elmarie Rabe Tel: 021 849 8830/083 564 0876 Tel: 021 886 8275 Email: Email:

Newsletter April 2017

WINE WIZARD - Michael Fridjhon

Premier Magazine January 2017

Newsletter December 2016

Wine Extra Sept/Oct vir on Merlot

Newsletter September 2016

Yonder Hill Launch new Y-Range Label

The dream of Frikkie Naudé, owner of Yonder Hill Wines, to create a top quality range of wines at an affordable price realised in 2004 when the first Yonder Hill Y-range wines were bottled. Now, 12 years down the line, it is time for a revamp.

The Naudé family has been farming on Yonder Hill since 1993 and their strong family values have been a great part of their continued success. The new label symbolises growth and companionship – growth of the vine and finding joy in the company of friends and family.

Symbolism of the new label
The graphic designers, Haumann Small Design Studio in Stellenbosch are the artists behind the new look. “The ‘Y’ represents a vine; the free style of the illustration gives a natural feel of a handcrafted product while the branching symbolises the diversity of the trademark.”

They also included elements from the Naudé family crest in the background to represent a vineyard landscape. The Naudé family crest was inserted at the bottom of the label and acknowledges the family behind the trademark and also adds value to the product.

Y-Merlot 2016
Merlot grapes from the Paarl and Stellenbosch regions are used to create the Y-Merlot and this selection ensures an ideal combination of fresh fruity flavours and easy drinkability.

The grapes ripen mid season and fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with regular cross-pumping to extract maximum colour from the skins. The wine is juicy with aromas of mulberry and strawberry with no harsh tannins while the palet is soft and elegant.

Y-Sauvignon Blanc 2016
This wine is made from a specially selected vineyard in Stellenbosch. The vines are 18 years old and the canopy was opened to produce more thiols (tropical flavours) and less pyrazines (grass flavours). When thiols increase, the wine has more prominent tropical flavours, while a decrease in pyrazines lessens the green grass aromas. The wine is made in a reductive style to retain the fresh, fruity flavours of the grapes.

It is an easy drinking wine with aromas of tropical fruit flavours like gooseberries, litchis and guava. The palet is balanced with a full fruity taste and a fine crisp finish.

With the Y-Merlot and Y-Sauvignon Blanc costing only R50 per bottle, you have to ask yourself, Y not?

For more info contact Susan Smith at 021 855 1008 or
Twitter: @YonderhillWine

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