“A Long Weekend…”
This coming Sunday is Human Rights Day which means that Monday 22 March will be a Public Holiday, making this weekend a long weekend in South Africa. Fortunately for you winelovers, we are open every day of the year – including Public Holidays – so there is no excuse for running out of wine!
This weekend’s Tasting.
“Ataraxia” is the Greek word for “a serene state of mind, free from worry and preoccupation”, and now that you have an extra day added to your weekend we hope it will help you to achieve ‘Ataraxia’! Please pop in over the weekend to join us in tasting the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, made by Kevin Grant.
2015 was a very mild summer in the Constantia area and resulted in quite a special vintage which we can see in the Nebbiolo. JD Pretorius, Winemaker.
2015 Steenberg Nebbiolo:
VINIFICATION – The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 24°B and then crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks where they fermented at 27°C for approximately 15 days.
The juice was inoculated with a yeast strain selected for the development of the natural characters in the Nebbiolo grape. Two pump-overs were done per day to extract colour and tannin. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and thereafter matured in 500l barrels with 17% first fill, 10% second fill, 20% third fill, 31% fourth fill and 22% fifth fill french oak barrels for 21 months.
WINEMAKER’S COMMENT – Slightly darker in colour than the 2014; the bouquet displays notes of rose petal, dried apricot and fynbos along with notes of leather and cherries. The wine displays the natural tart acidity and grippy tannins of Nebbiolo, accompanied with hints of sour cherries, raspberries and wild strawberry. The wine shows beautiful fruit and floral characters in youth but will develop well over the next 7 to 10 years and will greatly reward those who resist it’s youthful charm.
A reminder of our website: Wine & Co Online
Please note that our website does not show the complete range of wine that we have in stock, so please do contact us if you are looking for something not listed online, especially those that are ‘allocation’ only. We offer free shipping to major centres around South Africa for orders over R1500 and obviously have free deliveries in Hermanus. Please contact us for international shipping rates.
COVID-19 “Level 1” shop hours (until further notice):
Monday to Saturday: 10am – 6pm.
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am – 4pm.
Thank you for your support – stay safe – see you soon!
Have you ever heard about a great wine but could never find a bottle for yourself (to share with friends, of course)? Well, the team at Wine & Company do all the hard work for you! We visit wine farms and attend tastings to find, taste, and then stock wine from the smaller Estates and independent winemakers who buy grapes and produce outstanding wine under their own labels – much the same as the French negociants have been doing for centuries. Given that these winemakers make wine in such small quantities, sometimes just a single barrel, their wine will never be found on the shelves of the major retailers, but only in specialist shops like Wine & Company on High Street, Hermanus.
In addition to the great selection of well-known wines and MCC’s, we also stock local craft gin and beer, French Champagne, Belgian Ales as well as whisky and other spirits. Wine & Company (established in 1998 by Bartho Eksteen) has a well-earned reputation for stocking hard-to-find small-batch wines and we strive to continue this great tradition. If you purchase a bottle of wine from us and it is faulty or you are not satisfied with the quality, we will gladly replace the bottle and return the faulty wine to the winemaker.
Feel free to contact Wine & Company if you need a particular wine and we will do our best to source it for you. We are also able to ship wine locally and to most countries so do ask about international shipping.
Our contact info:
Address: 7 High Street, Hermanus
WhatsApp / Signal: Gary +27 (0)76 926 1204