20 May Yonder Hill Inanda 2007
It’s cold which means I am finding myself visiting my wine cellar a lot more often for a lovely matured red! Recently I enjoyed a wine I purchased at the Nederberg Auction last year, the Yonder Hill Inanda 2004. Deliciously smooth wine with excellent rich black berry fruit and elegant balanced tannins on the long finish. A lamb casserole was simmering on the stove and the Inanda was just perfect for this as well as the few glasses enjoyed on its own before! It is gratifying to know that a fine wine can offer such pleasure after spending some time patiently in the cellar!
Yonder Hill is a 13ha compact winery on the slopes of the Helderberg mountains close to Somerset West. The vineyards, with rich soils of Oakleaf and Clovelly, are mainly on the northern slopes of the farm, with plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The ripening process on these vineyards is greatly influenced by the on shore sea breezes often resulting in the grapes being harvested up to 3 weeks later than Stellenbosch which is not far away! The underground maturation cellar, which houses eight hundred 225 litre French barrels, allows the fermented wine to be gravity-fed, as well as consistent temperature control.
Yonder Hill’s motto, “perfection achieved through inspiration” is evident with the year on year success they have had with their wines since 1993. Red wines are their speciality and produced under the Yonder Hill label but a second range called Y include a remarkably good Sauvignon Blanc as well as their popular Y Merlot!
Having being so impressed with the Inanda 2004, (sadly I have no more!) I tried a bottle of the current vintage which is the 2007. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon (57%); Merlot (20%); Cabernet Franc (17%) and Petit Verdot (6%) the wine was matured in barrel for 20 months before bottling. Deep crimson in colour with aromas of freshly percolated coffee and rich cassis invites you to savour the complex dark fruit flavours on a richly textured palate with an oak induced savoury dry finish. This wine has the concentration to develop further for at least another 6 years and I am pleased to be adding a case to my cellar!
Expect to pay R90.00