Cellarmaster: PG Slabbert
Winemaker: James Ochse
Background: A group of us were invited to the trusted and established Panama Jacks in the Cape Town Harbour for a tasting of the new releases from Stellenbosch Hills. Cellamaster, PG Slabbert, led us through the tasting with his deliciously dry sense of humour. He and his winemaking team are responsible for making the wines within the portfolio from grapes grown on the 16 member farms in the vicinity of the winery. Stellenbosch Hills (previously Vlottenburg Winery until 2003) is located 8kms outside of Stellenbosch and are proud of their up to date wine cellar along with their contemporary tasting facility.
Stellenbosch Hills last year celebrated 70 years of winemaking and they continue to inspire their followers with excellent wines for incredible prices. The 1707 Reserve range was introduced six years ago to their portfolio in honour of two early Cape viniculture pioneers Pierre Rochefort and Gerrit Hanseret, who were granted land in the Stellenbosch region in the year 1707.
There are two wines, the 1707 White Reserve (Chardonnay, Semillon and Viognier), and the 1707 Red Reserve (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot) are handsomely bottled with stylish labels to suit the quality of the wines.
I have always liked the two 1707 wines tremendously but with the delicious fish prepared by the Panama Jacks Chefs I selected the white for this week’s wine choice.
The 1707 Reserve White 2014 component grapes (Chardonnay, Semillon and Viognier) were harvested from vineyards belonging to one of the member growers in the Stellenbosch Kloof area. After fermentation each of the wines spent time on the lees in 300litre French oak barrels for 10 months prior to blending
Result: The wine offers citrusy aromatic aromas with soft tropical fruit and fynbos flavour with hints of honey on the finish.
When to drink: now till 2018
Drink with what: Grilled line fish or Thai chicken.
Expect to pay: R97.00