"In spite of a very dry summer, our vineyards did well. The grapes were healthy with smaller berries which led to good quality harvest. It is definitely a better vintage than 2016 and I believe the grapes have more colour, structure and flavour," says winemaker Abe Beukes now that the 2017 vintage is safely in the cellar.
"In general the chemical analysis also looks good except that the late ripening varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon were a little low on the acidity by the time they were fully ripe. Luckily we could fix that by blending with the Petit Verdot which keeps its natural acidity very well. The Merlot is also showing good colour and character.
We’ve made the selection for our Y Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and are busy with the final preparations for bottling. The wine looks as good as the successful 2016 and we hope to release it in May.
Our long term planning in the vineyards include innovations to handle the expected lower rainfall in future. We have to make use of our natural rainfall optimally and we should ensure that our soil is not unnecessarily exposed to the sun. More about this in our next newsletter."
YONDER HILL ADS ROSé TO RANGE
We’ve increased our range this year with a Rosé which is a light pink colour with a lower alcohol %, perfect for lunch or just as a casual drink on a hot sunny day. The Danilo Rosé is a blend of Merlot and Grenache. We are all really excited about this newcomer who will be available in time for spring and summer.
NEW FACE AT THE FARM
Erne Kuun has been appointed our new Office Administrator and we wish her everything of the best with her new position.
We’ve got a busy programme lined up for the next few months. Have a look and we hope to see you there:
24/5: Kelvin Grove food and Wine Evening
27/5: Le Franschhoek Food & Wine
16 & 17/6: Woodlands Mall and Food Lovers Market Annual Wine Fair – Pretoria. Meet and greet Abe and Andre Strydom, our Gauteng Brand Ambassador.
30/6 & 1/7: Taste of Tyger Valley Show
WIN! WIN! WIN!
Enter now and wine a meal worth R800 from Rustica Restaurant and a 1.5 l bottle of Inanda 2014 which; bringing the total prize value to R1000. This is to celebrate our new listing at this local eatery in Green Point, Cape Town. The closing date is on 28 April 2017 and the voucher is valid for 6 months.
How to enter: Like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/YonderHillWineEstate/) and share the photograph to enter.
TASTING ROOM SPECIAL
We know everyone loves our Y range and we’ve got a 2-pack consisting of a bottle each of Y Merlot and Y Sauvignon Blanc for only R85. This is only valid from the tasting room though, so make sure to pop in soon.
EASTER WEEKEND UPDATE!
We’re taking a break from Good Friday till after Family Day and we’ll see you again bright and breezy on Tuesday, 18 April for our normal opening hours from 08h30 - 17h00. Pop in before the Easter long weekend to stock up!