Made primarily from cold pressed Merlot, the vineyard selected for this wine is nearly 20yrs old. Located at the forefront of a spur jutting out of the Voor Paardeberg Mountain, the berries are well exposed to sunlight. Exposure to sunlight is essential to eliminate any green flavours from the grape.
VINIFICATION: All grapes are picked at optimum ripeness in the early hours of the morning. The grapes are then destemmed and chilled before they are pressed. This short supply from vine to press ensures minimal degradation of the fruit aromas and a very moderate extraction of colour. The wine is 100% unoaked. The wine is aged on its yeast lees for 6 months to allow it to fill out and gain complexity. The wine is relatively light in alcohol and calories.
VONDELING traces its origins back to 1704 when the land was first granted to Swedish immigrant Oloff Bergh by Governor Van Der Stel. Situated between Wellington and Paarl on the slopes of the breathtaking Paardeberg Mountain. The farm was bought by the Armajaro Group in 2002, at which point they embarked on a major reconstruction programme which included extensive replanting and the installation of a state of the art winery. The result is a collection of which five wines have four or more stars from the Platter’s South African wine Guide. They have also received excellent reviews from Robert Parker.