Garden Route Shiraz 2011
Boets Nel, winemaker and owner of De Krans in Calitzdorp, who is well known for producing some of South Africa’s finest ports, has spread his interests to another wine venture in the majestic Outeniqua mountains in the heart of our beautiful Garden Route. Here he has produced a Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz since 2011, which are made from grapes grown in this mountainous area, situated 600 metres above sea level and less than 20km from the Indian Ocean.
Before going about producing these wines Boets spent a considerable amount of time studying the possibility of producing premium wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz grapes grown in the cool climate Waboomskraal area on the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains near George, where these varieties excel.
He firmly believes that both Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz vines need the influence of the ocean for the grapes to ripen slowly in order to produce these superb quality wines.
Boets describes the Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2012 as a complex wine with tropical fruit and grassy flavours, supported by lovely earthy minerality, typical of its cool climate origin.
Named Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the Klein Karoo Young Wine Show in 2011 and 2012, this perfect summer wine can be enjoyed on its own, or as we did along with roast chicken and grilled vegetables.
A 2011 Champion Shiraz winner at the Klein Karoo Young Wine Show, the Garden Route Shiraz 2011 is a seductive wine with ripe, dense fruit flavours and in perfect balance with the creamy, rich vanilla-oak.
We opened the convenient screw cap bottle and after a couple of glasses savoured the wine with a traditional Cape style bobotie.
Expect to pay:
Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2012 R70.50
Garden Route Shiraz 2011 R92.50