Die Waghuis from Swartland’s Org de Rac Takes Top Spot at Winemag Report

Die Waghuis from Swartland’s Org de Rac Takes Top Spot at Winemag Report

Org de Rac’s Die Waghuis 2017 took top honours at the recent Cape White Blend Report compiled by leading South African digital magazine Winemag, being one of only four wines and the only certified organic wine to achieve a 94pt rating in the 2018 competition. This competition is unique in being committed to honouring Cape white wine blends, seen as wines containing at least 15% but no more than 85% of the country’s stalwart Chenin Blanc variety.

Released for the first time last year, Die Waghuis is the flagship white wine from Org de Rac, the leading organic wine farm in South Africa’s acclaimed Swartland wine region situated near the town of Piketberg on the N7 Cape Town-Namibia highway.

Frank Meaker, Org de Rac cellarmaster

Die Waghuis is a blend of Verdelho, Roussanne and Chenin Blanc, and was introduced to the market last year as the flagship white wine from Org de Rac. According to Christian Eedes, Winemag editor and convener of the judging panel, the judges’ description of Die Waghuis was: “Cut apple, peach, some nuttiness and spice on the nose. The palate is rich and broad with plenty of flavour – good fruit weight plus a nice line of acidity. A very good example of wine made in a more oxidative style.

Of the Cape White Blend category, Eedes says: “Chenin is our most planted variety by far (17 543ha in the ground at the end of 2017, this making up 18.6% of the national vineyard) and we should find ways to celebrate it.”

Frank Meaker, Org de Rac’s cellarmaster, says the farm’s premium Die Waghuis range is a true reflection of the potential organically farmed Swartland grapes show for making top quality wine.

“The vineyards, exclusively planted for the making of Die Waghuis blend are set on a south-facing slope in an ascending order with Verdelho at the bottom, Roussanne in the middle and Chenin Blanc on the crest,” he says. “Red iron-rich soils, a sunny climate and a constant breeze from the Atlantic Ocean 50km away typify our unique, isolated terroir.”

Green harvesting ensures the grapes for the final selection reach optimum and expressive ripeness. The hand-picked grapes are meticulously sorted, only the pristine fruit set aside for the making of this wine. A percentage of the juice was fermented in new barrels, the rest undergoing fermentation and maturation in 2nd and 3rd fill barriques.

Of Org de Rac’s premium Die Waghuis range, Meaker says the quality of fruit the farm’s organic vineyards have delivered over the past few years necessitated the introduction of two top-tier Org de Rac wines to show what the property is capable of.

“This is the second year Die Waghuis has been on the market, and we are tremendously pleased at how the wines have been received by the critics as well as the consumer,” says Meaker.

“It has always been Org de Rac’s aim to present a premium organic wine offering. The way Die Waghuis has performed at the ratings table alongside some of the country’s leading wineries vindicates our release of top-tier wines underscoring organic wine farming in our unique Swartland geography. It is not only good for us, but also for the category of South African organic wines as current local and international market trends indicate that demand for these wines are increasing rapidly.”

The Winemag accolade for Die Waghuis White 2017 follows on a sterling showing of the wine’s maiden 2016 vintage which achieved a 91pt score from Tim Atkin as well as winning a Gold medal at the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards.

This wine’s red namesake, Die Waghuis 2016 red wine, a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Verdelho also won top-spot in this year’s Winemag Signature Red Blend Report being one of only four wines to garner a 93pt rating.

Die Waghuis White 2017

Wine Made on a Mountain: Bartinney Hourglass & Skyfall Launch

Wine Made on a Mountain: Bartinney Hourglass & Skyfall Launch

If there’s a winery that just gets it so right, down to the minutiae of detail, it’s Bartinney. Last week we attended the launch of two new premium wines and were reminded why we have such deep admiration for this little estate nestled above Stellenbosch in the Banhoek. On paper they boast some serious environmental credentials (carbon neutral, pesticide and herbicide free, WWF Conservation Champion), but it’s something you tangibly experience when you turn off the Helshoogte Road onto the steep dirt path leading up to the estate. It’s the kind of place where, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll spot a porcupine, or like we did, hear the hooting of an owl far up in the trees. Considering you’re less than 10km out of Stellenbosch town, it’s simply astounding this much diversity exists.

Bartinney’s devotion to operating in total harmony with the greater ecosystem is unmistakably evident in their wines. Both the freshly released 2015 Hourglass Chardonnay, which is named after the hourglass-shaped vineyard from where its grapes are sourced, as well as the 2012 Skyfall Cabernet Sauvignon, named after the vineyards that drift down from the Banhoek skyline, exhibit unmistakeable character of the local fynbos. So much so, that the team has crafted an entire wine and fynbos pairing experience to emphasise the synergy between the vineyards and local flora.

With such a beautiful philosophy that expresses itself in these wines, Bartinney is a place to while away a few hours, taking it all in. And if that isn’t enough – stay in one of their vineyard cottages that embody Bartinney’s thoughtful approach. We, for sure, are going to be back soon for the full wine and fynbos pairing. Noses at the ready!

DeWaal wines @ A la Bouffe

DeWaal wines @ A la Bouffe

DeWaal Wines evening
Wednesday 30th March

A la Bouffe has the pleasure to host De Waal Wines for a wonderful meal and wine tasting evening prepared and hosted by Romuald Denesle, Chef Patron of A la Bouffe, on Wednesday 30 March 2016.

With a rich history of winemaking spanning 9 generations, the De Waal family are pioneers of Pinotage, with CT De Waal being the first winemaker to produce wine from a Pinotage cultivar in 1941. Carrying on in this tradition, De Waal makes their Pinotage from 65-year-old bush vines, the oldest Pinotage vineyard in the world.

The wine estate is situated on the Uiterwyk Estate in Stellenbosch’s Kloof Valley and produces a wide range of varieties from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Merlot and Pinotage.

Menu
Verre de bienvenue
Welcome drink
DeWaal Sauvignon blanc
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Poisson de ligne, ailes de poulet, choux fleur, capre
Line fish, chicken wings, cauliflower, capers
DeWaal Chenin blanc
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Epaule de boeuf braisee, blette, butternut courge, ail
Compressed and braised beef feather blade, Swiss chard, butternut squash, garlic
DeWaal Signal Rock
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Clafoutis de prunes et sa glace
Warm plum clafoutis and its ice cream
DeWaal Merlot

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Romuald Denesle is a multi award winning French Chef who has worked at Charlot Roi des Coquillages under Marc Chalopin and Louis Grondard’s two-star Michelin Restaurant, Drouant before moving to England. He worked at the Fleur de Sel Michelin starred Restaurant in Sussex as Sous Chef, Dalhousie Castle and Senior Sous Chef at the Ardeonaig Hotel on Loch Tay.

Please book early, as space is limited. First come first served basis.

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R415 per person
Booking essential. The event starts at 19.00 for 19.30.

RSVP: romuald@alabouffe.co.za
or 011 888 8004/061 499 8872

C.T. de Waal

C.T. de Waal

C.T. de Waal was the first person ever to make a wine from Pinotage grapes when he made an experimental barrel
of Pinotage in 1941, sixteen years after the variety was created by Prof. Abraham Perold.
In 1864, Adriaan de Waal, who farmed on Langverwacht/Zevenwacht in Kuilsrivier, discovered the metal tin on his
farm. Following this discovery, Adriaan acquired mining rights which increased the value of his farm tremendously.
He decided to sell the farm and having done so, divided the income from the sale between himself and his children.
Many of them bought farms in the Stellenbosch district. One of them, Tielman de Waal, acquired the farm Uiterwyk
on the opposite side of the hill of Langverwacht. Perhaps Tielman’s plan was to mine for tin from that side of the hill,
discover some and sell the farm, making a fortune. Evidence of this plan is that there are mining shafts on the
Uiterwyk side of the hill!

When Tielman’s eldest son, Pieter, joined his father on the farm, Tielman decided that he was still too young to
retire. He divided the farm into two parts, giving the section that today is known as Jordan Wines and De Morgenzon
to Pieter as his inheritance.

CT de Waal, the second oldest son, was very keen on becoming a winemaker. However in those days, you had to be
the owner of a farm with a cellar to be able to work as a winemaker. And since his father wasn’t going to retire soon,
his only option was to study winemaking, become a lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch and then work in the
experimental cellar of that institution. And that is just what he did!
Later when CT’s father decided to retire, CT was offered the farm Uiterwyk as an inheritance. He, however, waived
this offer, since he had a very good job at the university! This decision of CT led to him becoming the first maker of a
Pinotage wine.

Prof. Abraham Perold created Pinotage in 1925 when he crossed Pinot Noir with Hermitage. The first vines were
increased to become a vineyard and only 16 years later there were enough vines to produce enough grapes for an
experimental barrel of Pinotage wine! When this time came about in 1941, Prof. Perold, who was a viticulturalist
and not a winemaker, had to find a winemaker to make the wine. Alongside him, working for the same institution,
was CT de Waal, a winemaker and wine taster of note. It was a simple choice for Prof. Perold to ask CT to make the
wine. And that is how CT de Waal became the first winemaker to vinify Pinotage, making him a pioneer of world
wine history!

1001 Wines to drink at least once in a lifetime – By DeWaal Wines

1001 Wines to drink at least once in a lifetime – By DeWaal Wines

We are happy to announce that the well-respected Top of the Hill Pinotage 2013 from DeWaal Wines – has been listed in a new European publication “1001 Wines to drink at least once in a lifetime”

What makes this even more remarkable, is the fact that this elegant wine is one of only 18 South African red wines that were listed in this Italian book.

This is the eighth book written by well-known Italian journalist Francesca Negri, and has been launched in Italy a couple of weeks ago. The wines in this line-up include international wines from all-over: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, New Zealand, Lebanon, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Chile, Australia, Austria, Slovenia and off course South Africa. The wines were selected by her personal taste, and by following the world rankings. As a wine tutor on Italian Television and keen blogger, she is passionate about wine and is also referred to as the “Geisha Gourmet”.

For more details on Francesca Negri, see https://www.facebook.com/geishagourmet

The Top of the Hill Pinotage 2013 is sold from the farm and available in high-end restaurants and wine shops. Made from the oldest existing block of Pinotage in South Africa, only 500×6 is produced of this vineyard.

For more info, see www.dewaal.co.za or contact Helga at:
Tel 021-8813711
admin@dewaal.co.za