Slightly sweet, this petillant (lightly sparkling) wine is the Cape’s improvised fusion of Italy’s Lambrusco with Australia’s sparkling shiraz. We use early-harvested Shiraz grapes because we want fresh acidity and low alcohol (this one only has 9.5%). Fermentation is slow, with a touch of wood, and the bubbles amplify the wine’s berry flavours. Served chilled.
A black fortified shiraz, with raisin and toasted almond aromas on the nose, dark bitter chocolate on the pallet, with a medium sweetness and well rounded finish. An innovative approach to fortified wine; not a traditional Port. Wood matured for 3 months, to retain the primary fruit aromas, in mostly new French oak.
For this easy-drinking Cape white blend, the winemaker selected traditional South African grape varieties – Chenin blanc, Semillon and Riesling – to make a wine with a level of complexity that contradicts its price tag. As lively as the folk music after which it is named, Vastrap is a well-balanced white blend for all occasions. It has a people-friendly 13% alcohol and food-friendly fullness in the mouth.
This is our flagship wine. A totally new take on Shiraz. An extraordinary rich wine. Deep Concentrated and tannic. Smoky oak flavours. Great to drink now, will mature superbly over many years. The grapes were desiccated on the vine, then after harvest were fermented as whole bunches, together with the stalks. After fermentation it was matured for 15 months in new French oak.
This golden, aromatic blend of Viognier, Grenache blanc and Roussanne is “the real deal”. Classic in every respect, it’s oak barrel-fermented, with intense fruit, layers of complexity and a lingering finish. Golden-rich, aromatic and fruity wine, with lingering complexity and well-integrated tannic structure. This is a very remarkable white wine made in a red wine style.
An oak-matured blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache and Viognier. A dry rosé, complex and full-bodied with intense fruit flavour and an elegant finish. Alluring deep salmon colour. This wine is not a by-product of bleeding of grapes for red-wine concentration, but is made from grapes specifically selected for the production of a rosé of the highest quality.
A classic Rhône-style blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignan and Viognier, with a twist: a portion (18%) of the Shiraz was desiccated on the vine. Only the skins of the Viognier were used, fermented till dry and left in the dark for three weeks. Matured for 13 months in mostly new French oak. Dark colour, intense flavours, dried orange peel aromas. Great food wine with ageing potential.
An innovative red Cape blend, mainly Pinotage, blended with various Southern European varieties. This wine is about as diverse as the people of the Cape, with spicy, exotic flavours and a clean, dry finish.
In a new 500ml bottle, you can drink this surprisingly dry Muscat wine by itself or before or after dinner. It has a good structure, intense aromas, judicious oak, and a lingering finish. A blend of Muscat d’Alexandrie (64%) and Muscat de Frontignan – Muscadel (36%). The grapes were desiccated on the vine, pressed as whole bunches, fermented after settling and matured for ten months in seasoned French oak. This is a truly unique ‘meditation wine’.