‘Tis the season, and nothing quite says festive like a generosity of spirit – perfectly embodied by the abundance of a beautiful magnum. Ideal for festive season lunches, holiday get togethers with friends and family or just an intimate dinner for two (as Winston Churchill so wisely remarked: “A magnum is the perfect size for … Continued

Review – CL Red Blend 2021

The 2021 vintage of our stylish and very popular <CL° Red Blend heralds a new take on the blend. This new release is Merlot dominant, at 54%, followed by 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and rounded out with 7% Cabernet Franc..   A wine produce from a cooler vintage, the Merlot component was showing beautiful black-fruit characteristics. … Continued

Review – Rondekop Rhodium 2019

Following the popularity of the 2018 vintage (which was the first Cabernet Franc dominant Rhodium blend), we are excited to release the Rondekop Rhodium 2019. This vintage is the first since 2011 to have a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon – the blend consists of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.   A … Continued

Review – Chenin Blanc 2021

As we start to make our way into Spring, it’s a great time to release another white wine from the Oldenburg Vineyards stable. The Chenin Blanc 2021 has been patiently awaiting release, and we are excited to share the next iteration of Oldenburg Chenin Blanc with you.   The 2021 vintage was a much cooler … Continued

Chardonnay | The Library Collection

Continuing the celebration of Chardonnay, this month we are taking a peek at not only the Trophy-winning Oldenburg Vineyards Chardonnay 2021, but also three older vintages, that showcase the ageing potential of this popular cultivar.   The Chardonnay 2021 is a supreme expression of the wonderful potential the cultivar shows in the Banghoek Valley. The nose … Continued

Review – Grenache Noir 2020

The new vintage of our Grenache Noir has been eagerly anticipated by the fans of this versatile variety. Since Nic’s first vintage, the style of Grenache Noir has shifted to something more ethereal – a light touch, still expressing vibrancy and elegance. The Grenache Noir vineyards are planted as bushvines, with a granite boulder leaning … Continued

Review – Stone Axe 2019

The second Rondekop release taken from vine to wine under the care of Nic van Aarde, has been hotly anticipated. The Stone Axe Syrah has come to represent an elegant, stylish expression of Syrah, and the 2019 has only elevated that expectation.   The wine has an intense, royal purple hue. The nose is filled … Continued

Review – Chardonnay 2021

We have been anticipating the release of this sensational wine – from an excellent vintage – for some time now. An illustration of Nic taking the evolution of our Chardonnay one step further, enhancing its elegance and finesse.   This wine is vivacious, with zesty orange peel, kiwi and butterscotch on the nose, alongside an … Continued

Review – Chenin Blanc 2020

This month, we are revisiting this stunning wine, in celebration of it placing 14th on the Decanter Wine of the Year 2021 list. Scoring a sensational 97 points, Decanter judges describe the Chenin Blanc 2020 as follows:   “Expressive nose with citrus fruit, yellow plum, ripe pear, red apple and hints of wax and honey … Continued

Review – Per Se 2019 Magnum

The festive season calls for celebration – and few things add to a celebration quite like the indulgence of a magnum. This month, we are looking at a very special magnum: the Rondekop Per Se 2019.   The beauty of this wine lies in the elegance and complexity of the aromas and flavours: subtle vanilla … Continued

Review – Merlot 2013

Delving back into The Library Collection this month, we are discovering the sublime Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2013. Merlot can be a tricky cultivar to work with, but it has found a very suitable home on the slopes of Rondekop. The 2013 shows its age with a slightly brick-red colour. The nose is still vibrant, and … Continued

Review – Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon has found its ideal terroir on the slopes of Rondekop – our mystical hill. The exponential increase in quality of this wine over the past few vintages is truly a testament to that fact.   The wine displays a dark ruby core, with aromatics bursting out of the glass. Mulberries, blackcurrant leaf, plums … Continued

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