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

Review – Cabernet Franc 2018

The Banghoek is an excellent spot for Cabernet Franc, and this suitability shines through in the 2018 vintage. The block has now been removed, but it had grown exceptionally well at the foot of Rondekop, producing spectacular fruit.   The wine shows a vibrant ruby colour in the glass. Vivid aromas of mustard seed, cayenne … Continued

Review – Syrah 2018

Our ever-popular Syrah continues to impress with every new vintage released. The 2018 presents a deep purple hue with a dark core and deep intensity. The wine draws you in with aromas of dark fruit to match the colour – brambles, blackcurrants and mulberries. A hint of coffee beans and baking spices round out the … Continued

Review – Rondekop Per Se 2018

The 2018 vintage of Per Se is, in itself, transcendent: exceeding the expectation of Cabernet Sauvignon. With a dark ruby core, the deep colour invites you to take your time, swirl, admire and enjoy. Brambles, juniper berries, lavender, vanilla and plums create a luscious nose that develops and intensifies with time in the glass. Following … Continued

Review – Rondekop Rhodium 2018

The next vintage of the Rondekop Rhodium – the 2018 – is another game changer. For the first time in the history of Rhodium, we have Cabernet Franc dominant blend. The result is – in a word – spectacular. The wine itself, shows as deep ruby red in the glass. On the nose, vibrant fruits … Continued

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