Wine of Origin: Calitzdorp
Cellarmaster : Peter Bayly
Winery: Peter Bayly Wines
Background: The village of Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo, has a certain charm for visitors exploring the Garden Route with its obligatory Church in the centre and quaint coffee shops and restaurants serving delicious home cooked local fare. It’s a town that experiences extreme temperatures from unbearably hot summers to below freezing in the winter…..but to us wine imbibers this is the home of some of the Capes finest Port producers. We are fortunate that right here in South Africa we produce excellent examples of Port and some experts claim that we are the finest Port producing country outside of Portugal! However, due to an agreement between ourselves and the European Union, we are no longer allowed to use the name Port on our labels, so our local producers identify the wine with the name Cape and then the Port style i.e Cape Vintage; Cape Tawny etc. Despite this we make our top ports from the traditional port varieties which seem to thrive on the soils in this region. Peter and Yvonne Bayly have been making fine port from their boutique farm on the outskirts of the village since 2002. The 2009 Cape Vintage is a blend of three Portuguese varieties namely Touriga Naçional, Tinta Barroca and Souzão which after being handpicked the juice was extracted using the old traditional foot-treading and basket pressing techniques prior to the start of natural fermentation. Fermentation was halted with the addition of the brandy spirit so as to keep the required sugar level. The wine was then matured over a period of 18 months in large oak barrels and finally bottled unfiltered and un-fined leaving the fortified wine as natural as possible.
Result: Bright ruby colour, with vibrant aromas of wild honey and dark prunes which follow so wonderfully onto the palate with added flavours of spicy dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee with a long creamy velvety finish.
When to drink: : Now till 2025
Drink with what: Soft creamy cheeses after dinner and preferably in front of a cosy warm fire.
Expect to pay: R128.00 (375ml)