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What's bubbling this winter at Villiera


5 July 2019  -  Villiera

We are aware that the current economic conditions are impacting on consumer spending on luxury or optional products such as wine. At the same time, two consecutive small harvests have forced prices up and most consumers are obliged to seek out quality at affordable prices.

Indices that reinforce quality and reliability, such as the SA Wine Index serve as a valuable guide on which wine buying decisions can be made. 

Awards:

Villiera have always over delivered and we are exceptionally pleased with our 2019 SAWI multi-year results.

Our mainstream MCC, Villiera Tradition Brut NV proved to be an exceptional value proposition with a perfect score of 100, while our Monro Brut also scored 100 points, earning them both Platinum status.

The Monro Brut was also rated best MCC in South Africa and overall top scorer out of all wines. Our reserve quality, Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc and our regular Chenin Blanc received Grand Gold ratings. These ratings succeeded in positioning Villiera as one of the top 10 wineries in South Africa.

The Clan, a collectors’ addition to the Villiera range was recently awarded a Double Gold in the National Wine Challenge / Top 100 Competition.

New releases:

Recently, we have been creating a range of smaller volume wines mainly for you. We are excited about the rave reviews for the following pair of wines: Stand Alone Gamay Noir 2018 and Villiera DAK WIJN 2017, both made in very small quantities. You will have to act quickly if you desire any of these wines as they are limited to 6 bottles per person. 

Xander Grier who drives our “Old Vine Project’’ wines, has created an Old Vine Gamay Noir in a serious style. It involves 30% whole bunches while the balance is crushed and destalked. The wine is spontaneously fermented and hand punched, followed by post maceration, before a gentle pressing. It then goes into used barrels for maturation, to preserve the fruit and spice. It has a ripe, soft tannin texture and good length.

Not to be outdone, Nathan Valentine has created DAK WIJN. Some of you will have seen a wine maturing in jars on the “Wine Sanctuary” roof.  Well, the first vintage has now been released and we have called it what all our visitors have already been calling it, DAK WIJN. It was inspired by Nathan’s trip to Domaine Grier, where he discovered numerous styles of fortified wine including Rivesaltes Ambre and Rancio, maturing in demijohns in the sun.

We used ripe, old vine Chenin Blanc which was fortified halfway through fermentation to retain some sweetness. It was then matured in the Demijohns and allowed to bake and madeirise in the sun while picking up a slight nutty, sherry like character. Finally, it finished maturation in a used barrel for 14 months and was bottled in 500ml bottles. It is essentially referred to as a ‘’sun wine’’’ and is an ideal accompaniment to many types of cheese as well as certain fruit / nut desserts.

Domaine Grier

Jeff visited the team at Domaine Grier towards the end of May. Spring had worked its magic and the vineyard was looking stunning. A group of MW’s was touring the area to discover more about the Rousillon region, that is beginning to gain real momentum. A selected group of 10 producers, including Domaine Grier, presented a tasting of their top wines followed by a delicious Southern French cellar lunch. In the Domaine Grier cellar, the 2018 red blends were finalised and harvest plans were made.

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