Apart from the fires, the extremely dry conditions this year have resulted in limited irrigation and very low yields. On the flip side, the vines are healthy and the quality of the fruit is great. We are presently harvesting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for our Cap Classiques and we are planning to harvest a record quantity to satisfy a growing demand. The excitement of another harvest is noticeable at Villiera and we have an experienced, dedicated team to ensure our quality standards are maintained.
While we are enjoying the heat here, at Domaine Grier (France) we have been on the periphery of the big freeze in Europe. Maximum temperatures are 8° C and minimum temperatures are below 0° C in our vineyards. While outside conditions are cold we are taking the opportunity of upgrading our Cellar Door facilities there.
Bush Vine Blanc Fume 2016
After a review of our range before the 2016 harvest, we decided to change the style of our Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc. This 34 year old unirrigated block has consistently produced Sauvignon Blanc with great longevity. We decided to emphasize this by creating a more serious wine that compliments great food and has the ability to mature. The grapes were picked slightly riper and we began the fermentation in an egg shaped container with a portion of the skins to contribute greater flavour. After 10 days the fermenting wine was transferred to French oak barrels (50% new) for 3 months. The lees was kept in suspension for more richness. The oaking is discreet but the wine is complex, although the flavours are subtle. The wine also displays some minerality and it will develop greater intensity with age. This is our 2016 Bush Vine Blanc Fume which we are now releasing after 8 months of extra maturation in the bottle.
This is a special once off blend created in 2015 (see our fact sheet included, for further information). It was made in limited quantities and was released to our Wine Club members. We experienced a good response and are reminding you that stocks will soon be depleted. The price is R250/bottle (incl VAT).
Monro Brut 2010
After receiving a double gold Veritas award for our 2009 Monro Brut, it sold out quickly and we are now onto our 2010 vintage. We have revised the packaging to bring it in line with the rest of our Cap Classique range. The Monro Brut is our Prestige Cuvee and spent 6 years on the yeast before disgorging. It is a regular award winner, making it one of South Africa’s leading bottle fermented bubblies. The 2010 vintage of Monro Brut received a 4½ Star Platter rating and is likely to pick up more awards once competition season begins.
Wine Route Food and Wine Pairing
"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine”
Experience the first Wine Route Food & Wine Pairing at Villiera Wines hosted by Craig Cormack and Jeff Grier.
Captivate your palate with a scrumptious four-course meal, prepared by Craig while enjoying it with a selection of Villiera’s wines, carefully selected by Jeff Grier to complement each course.
Date: Wednesday, 15th of March 2017
Time: 18h30 for 19h00
Cost: R300 p/p (Includes welcome drink & canapés, 4-course meal paired with a selection of Villiera’s wines)
Venue: Villiera Wines, Tasting Room
Bookings: Email Rachelle at: email@example.com or phone +27.845225223 before 8th March
Game Drive Evenings
Caught up in the 9 to 5 and can’t join us for our Game Drives during the day? Not to worry, our Game Drive Evenings are back! Join us for a 2 hour late afternoon drive in our Wildlife Sanctuary followed by a light dinner and wine tasting.
Dates: Thursday, 2nd March; Monday, 13th March & Wednesday, 22th March
Time: 17h00 - 21h00
Cost: R350 p/p (Includes arrival drink, game drive, light dinner & wine tasting)
Bookings: Book with Hannelie on +27.218652002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KLINK Awards 2017: Villiera are nominated in the ‘BEST BUBBLY’ Category. Please vote for us HERE.