Based on the scope of recognition that various Zandvliet wines have been garnering the past year, it is clear that the renewed energy of new owners and the welcome outlay in terms of a trendy tasting lounge and on-farm hospitality offering are paying off. ANB Investments (who is also the owner of the well-known ClemenGold mandarin brand) took over ownership in February 2015.
With wine master Tim Atkins’ allocation of his sought-after 90+ points for the Kalkveld Shiraz 2015 (92 points) and the Zandvliet Hill of Enon Shiraz 2016 (93 points) in his 2018 South Africa Special Report, winemaker Jacques Cilliers and his competent team enjoy a year in which all three their Shiraz wines met with much-valued acclaim. Earlier this year the Zandvliet Shiraz 2015 won Double Platinum at the NWC Top 100 awards and a Gold medal (94 points) at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
The home of Shiraz
“It has been said that there is a special romance between Zandvliet and Shiraz.” he says. “These awards are the perfect way to celebrate 40 vintages of Zandvliet Shiraz. May the romance continue to blossom.” Zandvliet Wine Estate, on the outskirts of Ashton in the Robertson Valley, plays an illustrious role in the narrative of the South African wine industry. Proclaimed as a farm in 1838, Zandvliet counts among the very first farms to bottle Shiraz.
Wine guru and writer Michael Fridjhon recently wrote that “something of a renaissance appears to be happening at Zandvliet, a property long associated with Shiraz”. This renaissance has brought new life to the farm and visitors can now enjoy special tasting and blending experiences. Despite new ownership, Zandvliet’s special relationship with Shiraz continues as part of the estate’s wine making strategy. “We are still planting more Shiraz on the farm,” says Cilliers. “In order to produce a Rhone-style blend with Shiraz we’ve established Mouvedre, Grenache and Carignan during 2017 and will plant Counoise and Terret Noir in the near future.”
Terroir inspiration behind flagship wine
One of the farm’s distinguishing characteristics is a small range of low limestone hills on the southern outskirts of the farm, bringing the special magic to its kalkveld (calcareous earth) terroir. Their flagship Kalkveld Shiraz brings to life a winemaker’s finest aspirations.
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