Bosman Family Vineyards De Bos Chenin Blanc 2012

The current economy has forced entrepreneurs to look at creating other avenues for promoting and selling their products and over the last decade we have seen some exciting new second ranges emerging from well known estates.

These are certainly never second rate in quality as the estates have their reputation to live up to, but perhaps these are wines made in an easier and more accessible style. Generally, these ranges also come in at a lower price point which not only helps the consumer but also the farm as they tend to sell a lot more.

The De Bos range is just such a label from Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington. The Bosman family story began in 1699, when the land that is now its home was first granted to a French Huguenot by the then Cape Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Around the same time, the family’s first ancestor, Hermanus Bosman, settled in South Africa. Records from 1707 show he was a sieketrooster (caregiver) who worked in the Cape.

Today, the tradition of this earliest caregiver is epitomised in the Bosman family crest by the words faith, hope and love which is extended through a variety of initiatives that has made their business the success it is today.

The De Bos range of wines is an extension of the Bosman Family Wines vision – both a celebration and reminder that man and nature need to respect each other, according to Managing Director Petrus Bosman.

De Bos wines are handcrafted from nature’s bounty through a unique partnership born out of ancient lineage and a community’s unified respect for the land they own, the vines they graft, the vineyards they manage, the grapes they harvest and the families of which they are members. Created by eighth generation Bosman family and Adama Appollo Workers Trust, the De Bos range is a tribute to this successful partnership.

“Only the best fruit from vineyards in the exciting wine regions of Hermon, Walker Bay and Wellington were selected for the making of these wines,” says accomplished winemaker Corlea Fourie.

The result is the Handpicked Chenin Blanc 2012, a superlative wine with sur lie creaminess and typical Wellington stone fruit characteristics; the De Bos Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012, a perfect example of balance and freshness; and the De Bos Handpicked Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, a symbol of superb artisanal craftsmanship.

“We nurture the grapes to form elegant wines with pure fruit and varietal expression, and an authentic reflection of the sites and regions they are hand-harvested from,” says Fourie.

“We are custodians of our vineyards from the process of grafting our vines by hand to crafting these wines by hand and this creates very real expression of our pursuit of excellence.”

Proud of its meticulous standards, the De Bos enterprise has been recognised for its social and environmental contributions through accreditation with the internationally renowned Fairtrade organisation.

Launched last week in Woodstock at Luke Dale-Robert’s second and new restaurant called Pot Luck, the wines in the range showed beautifully with the superb creations from Luke’s culinary team. However, the surprise for me from the De Bos range was their 2012 Chenin Blanc as it just went so well with virtually all the dishes we were presented with!

Having spent time on the lees the wine offers fresh citrusy aromas which lead to lovely creamy peach and apricot flavours which remain long after the finish! A fine food wine but nothing will stop you from just enjoying a few glasses.

Expect to pay: R63.00

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