Zandvliet Wine Estate has triumphed at this year’s NWC/Top 100 SA Wines Challenge, making a clean sweep of Platinum, Double Gold and Double Silver medals for its wines. The victory re-affirms Zandvliet’s status as one of South Africa’s leading producers and as the home of Shiraz in the Robertson Valley.
Zandvliet received Platinum for Hill of Enon Small Berry Pick 2018, Double Gold for Kalkveld 2016 and, Double Silver for the Zandvliet Shiraz 2016.
“The achievement of these wines at the NWC/Top 100 SA Wines Challenge – one of the country’s most prestigious wine championships – underscores our confidence in Zandvliet’s unique terroir,” says winemaker Jacques Cilliers. “A long history of winegrowing has provided deep knowledge of the terroir and allowed us to match the best vineyard sites with most ideally suited cultivars. This insight is highlighted through the consistency of excellence that is highlighted here again.”
Being one of the very first wineries in the country to bottle the Shiraz noble cultivar, Zandvliet combines time-honoured tradition with modern-day expertise to produce pure luxury in a glass. The magic of Zandvliet wine lies in the limestone soils where its vineyards thrive.
The wine’s delicate, layered aromas of blueberries, liquorice and dark chocolate flow through to the palate, melding with flavours of plum, cigar box and chocolate.
The single-vineyard that gave rise to Kalkveld Shiraz lies on the southern slope of the Hill of Enon where it gains a singular mineral footprint. The wine itself shows aromatic notes of plums, prunes and violets with hints of spice. Every sip is characterised by integrated wood and a long, velvet finish.
As for the Zandvliet Shiraz, the wine introduces its consumer to a complex nose of plums, blackcurrants and pepper with hints of mixed spice. The palate is seamless, supple and complex with hints of dark chocolate. Enjoyable by itself, it also makes a fine partner to meaty stews.
Zandvliet Wine Estate is located near the village of Ashton, off the R60.