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.
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?
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Abe shares some of his thoughts about the vintage. “2016 will be remembered as a very difficult year which was a test of the abilities of winemakers and viticulturists. In general it was a dry year with the lowest annual rain fall in more than a century. The harvest was therefore up to 40% smaller in certain areas and the chemical make-up of the grapes was quite abnormal with low acids and high pH’s.”
However, in spite of the challenges elsewhere, at Yonder Hill the harvest went reasonably well, and the young vineyards performed optimally which led to the farm harvesting the same volume as in the past. The quality is high at the moment, but watch this space for more feedback as the wines age.
Abe continues with some comments about the wines currently in the cellar. “The 2014 wines are starting to look well in the bottle with good fruit and elegance. The 2015 wines are in barrel and are starting to show their characteristics. I feel that this will be a vintage to invest in for the future. The wines are dark and complex with excellent concentration and mouth feel, “he says.
Yonder Hill Wines will be hosting an Easter chocolate and wine pairing for young and old from 19 to 28 March between 09:00 and 14:00.
The tasting includes five wines, of which three will be paired with a variety of Easter treats, at only R50 per person.
For the little ones there is an Easter Bunny juice and sweet treat pairing plus an Easter picture to colour in at only R30 per little person.
For more information, contact Yonder Hill Wines on 021 855 1008. – Press release
Yonder Hill-wyne naby Stellenbosch bied van 19 tot 28 Maart daagliks van 09:00 tot 14:00 ’n Paas en wynparing vir oud en jonk aan.
Die paring sluit vyf wyne in, waarvan drie saam met ’n verskeidenheid Paasfeeslekkernye teen R50 per persoon aangebied word. Vir die kleinspan is daar die Paashaas se sap en soetparing teen R30 elk en gepaste Paasfees-inkleurprentjies om hulle besig te hou.
Vir meer inligting besoek www.yonderhill.co.za of skakel 021 855 1008. – Persverklaring
DUE TO RENOVATIONS; WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR WINE TASTINGS UNTIL 11/12/2015.
WE ARE OPEN FOR WINE SALES. YOU ARE WELCOME TO POP IN AND SEE HOW
RENOVATIONS ARE DEVELOPING.
Yonder Hill / Olyfberg
Yonder Hill is a wine producer, not an olive producer. But it shares the same owners as Olyfberg olive farm in the Breede River Valley and the Olyfberg olive products are available to taste and sample at Yonder Hill estate in Stellenbosch.
The olive tastings are done in the wine tasting area and consist of two olive oils, a balsamic vinegar, table olives (mission) and olive tapenade. Both oils are blends, but one of the oils is softer than the other, making it better suited for cooking as the flavours will not overwhelm the food.
The 1 litre and 2 litre bag in a box packaging is an excellent storage medium for olive oil as it protects the oil from light and oxygen. This can extend the shelf life of the oil significantly. Additionally it travels very well, making it perfect for overseas visitors.
Olyfberg also produces, and sells, a wide range of cosmetics made from olive oil. The range includes olive oil soap, olive body butter and face cream.
DAx Villanueva is a freelance writer and zealous olive-head. He expends much of his energy trying to educate South Africans about their beautiful local olive oil. Learn more about the SA olive industry at www.olive-central.co.za and keep up to date by following Olive Central on Facebook and Twitter.