Vineyard and Cellar News
Yonder Hill Free of Leafroll Virus
“In our previous newsletter I referred to us uprooting the vineyards in block 14, which were contaminated with Leafroll Virus. Since then I’ve had quite a few questions about this disease, leading me to think we should give a bit more info about it,” says winemaker Abe Beukes.
Leafroll Virus is a plant disease which can only survive inside the vine or in one of its insect vectors called a mealy bug. It blocks the natural processes inside the plant which stresses it so much that the biology doesn’t work properly, leading to slow or non-ripening of the grapes, a lack of colour development and a lower yield.
There is no cure at the moment and the only thing a winemaker can do, is to remove the “sick” vineyards and replace them with new virus-free vineyard stock. “For all those worried Yonder Hill Wine lovers out there; the virus cannot survive in wine and the wine made from these infected vineyards have no negative effect on human consumption. As all our other vineyards were replanted in 2010, with this new addition, all our vineyards are now clean and healthy and we aim to keep them like that!” Abe explains.
New faces at Yonder Hill
We’re thrilled to welcome three new faces to the team at the farm. Kobus van Wyk and Cel-Marie van Reenen is joining Abe in the cellar as his assistants and Sherna Davids is one of the friendly staff in our tasting room.
Wine Awards Keep on Coming
Platter’s has always been good to us and the 2017 edition is no exception with a four-star for both the Merlot 2013 and the Nicola 2010. And just to round off the good news, our Inanda 2014 was awarded a Silver medal at this year’s Veritas awards too!
Merlot lovers will be spoilt for choice with the easy-drinking Y Merlot 2016 in its new livery being released in December. In January it’s the turn of our more serious Yonder Hill Merlot 2013 (4-star Platter’s 2017) to hit the shelves! Both are available from the tasting room and we invite you for a tasting.
Tasting Room Special
Treat yourself and your friends to a few bottles of beautifully aged Yonder Hill Merlot 2012 (Platter’s 2016 4-star, Vitis Vinifera Gold) and get a ticket to next year’s Stellenbosch Wine Festival for FREE! The total cost is R1860 which includes 12 bottles of Merlot and the ticket worth R190. This offer is only valid as long as stocks last, and only from the Yonder Hill Tasting Room.
Competition -Win, Win, Win!
We love to spoil our fans and our competition this time is a winner! Enter by answering the easy question below and you can win 1 bottle of Inanda 2013; Olyfberg Body Butter; Olyfberg Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Branded Yonder Hill Glass and a R250 Voucher from GELDHOF Bulgarian Handmade Chocolates in the Somerset Mall. The total value of the prize is R485.
How to Enter:
Which wine is included in the prize pack?
Send your answer, cell no, email address and delivery address to
email@example.com by no later than 16 December 2016. The winner will be announced on 19 December. You can also like us on Facebook, tag and share to be entered into the competition.