Hiervandaan


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Norman McFarlane, ‘Bolander’
“…full of spice, engaging fruit and restrained tannins…”

Michael Fridjhon, ‘Business Day’
“Often there are surprising treasures lurking in the proprietary-named wines of the more thoughtful and adventurous winemakers …a wine showing quite developed character – but which then evolves and amplifies in the glass.”

Ingrid Motteux, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“showing usual spice & mineral zestiness, with greater concentration than 05; while retaining relaxed, medium bodied, light texture”. RATING * * * *

Neil Pendock, ‘Good Taste’
“One of my favourite red blends.”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“characterful, comfortable southern Rhone style. 06 mimics 05’s spice & mineral zestiness, with greater focus & concentration; retains relaxed, medium body, lightish texture … oak beautifully absorbed”. RATING * * * *

Hugh Johnson, ‘Pocket Wine Book’ 2008
“Rising reputation”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide – 2007’
“satisfies with its medium body, engaging personality. Tad more spice, minerals than 04 but still harmonious. Oak … a pleasing backdrop” RATING * * * *

Michael Fridjhon, ‘The Weekender’
“overdelivers in terms of flavour and complexity.”

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times’
“perfumed nose and palate of a gothic cathedral wit the mouth-feel of pure Barossa, all slippery tannins and lingering aftertaste. A benchmark warm-climate Cape blend in a seriously classy package”

Neil Pendock, ‘Wine’
“incredible richness, concentration and length” [selected for his top 10 wines of 2005]

Tim James, ‘grape.co.za’
“seamlessly blended … immensely drinkable and unpretentious – even a little rustic, in the best possible sense, though seriously vinous and with ageing potential. The ripe tannins give grip and there’s plenty of fruit depth and a freshness from balanced acidity, leading to a lengthy savoury finish. The wood … is harmoniously integrated”. RATING 16

Emile Joubert, ‘Rapport’
“voor in die koor … van die smaaklikste Kaapse wyne wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gedrink het. Vol, diep wyn met sysagte tanniene. Maar daar is ‘n heerlike sonnige, amper rosyntjiegeur wat die komplekse diepte baie toeganglik maak. Net so lekker en onopgesmuk soos die naam.”

Jancis Robinson, ‘Financial Times’
“(one of her four) Favourites from Franschhoek”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide – 2006’
“hugely promising debut. Authentic, tasty southern-Rhone-style blend … Fresh, elegant & comfortably structured; only medium-bodied yet with great multi-flavour richness, rounded dry persistence … oak barely intrudes on overall harmony.” RATING * * * *

David Biggs, ‘Cape Argus’
“should prove a winner”.

Neil Pendock, ‘Wine’
Selected for his top 10 wines of 2005.

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times’
“something special”.

Ludwig Maske, ‘Sunday Times’
“stunning”.

Ludwig Maske, ‘Franschhoek Tatler’
“a well-textured, judiciously wooded, flavourful blend … worth the asking price”.

Tim James, ‘grape.co.za’
“A beautifully structured, natural-seeming wine – ready for drinking but will certainly keep a good few years … light of foot and light of heart. Ripe, subtle tannins and purity of fruit are the hallmarks here.” RATING 16.5

Carrie Adams, ‘Get It’
“a warm, spicy wine, but deliciously smooth. Its also lighter than your average red.”

Graham Howe, ‘Upfront’/’SA Wine News’
“an aromatic melange of rich flavours with dry tannins and spicy orange peel.”

Graham Howe, ‘House & Leisure’
“complex”.

Allan Mullins, ‘Taste’
“deep and dark with a brooding depth, showing cracked black pepper, nutmeg and cloves, spices and a melange of red and black fruit”.

‘Icon’
“Dark and intense with great ageing potential.”

Diana Proctor, ‘Natal Mercury’
“the fruit flavours, tannins and oak are elegantly integrated”

Greg Landman, ‘SA Country Life’
“An ambitious blend … The result is a magnificently coloured, complex wine, with dried orange peel and chocolate flavours very apparent on the nose and in the mouth. Glorious on the nose, with beguiling aromas to support the obvious underlying tannins, this is a wine with enormous aging potential.”

Mary Jane Harris, ‘Woman & Home’
“Elegant and interesting with spicy orange peel aromas and rich concentrated flavours. Divine …”

Myrna Robins, ‘Weekend Argus’
“high praise … a dark, intense blend”.

‘Your Family’
“delicious medium-bodied … renowned for its distinctive Rhone style”

Jacqui Latimer, ‘Good Taste’
“rich, minerally stature.”

2010 Vintage

Is a blend of Shiraz (33%), Mourvedre (25%), Grenache (25%) and Carignan (17%). Part of the Shiraz grapes (12% of the total blend) was desiccated on the vine to concentrate colour and flavour. Matured for 14 months in seasoned French oak. Dark colour, intense flavours, dried orange peel aromas; rich food-friendly wine with great ageing potential.
The alcohol content is 14% Vol
Residual sugar 3.1 gm/l
Total acidity 5.9 gm/l
pH 3.57
Recommended retail price ZAR120
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2007 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of Shiraz (61%), Carignan (16%), Grenache (12%), Mourvedre (9%), Viognier (2%). 12% of the Shiraz was desiccated on the vine. Only the skins of the Viognier were used, fermented till dry and left in dark for three weeks. Matured for 14 months in mostly new French oak. Dark colour, intense flavours, dried orange peel aromas. Great ageing potential.
The alcohol content is 14.5% Vol
Residual sugar 2.3 gm/l
Total acidity 6.4 gm/l
pH 3.46
Recommended retail price ZAR120
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2006 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

A red wine blend of Shiraz (34%), Mourvedre (22%), Grenache (14%), Carignan (27%), Viognier (3%). 12% of the Shiraz was desiccated on the vine. Only the skins of the Viognier were used, fermented till dry and left in dark for three weeks. Matured for 13 months in mostly new French oak. Dark colour, intense flavours, dried orange peel aromas. Great ageing potential.
The alcohol content is 13.5% Vol
Residual sugar 2.1 gm/l
Total acidity 6.2 gm/l
pH 3.62
Recommended retail price ZAR108 (incl VAT)
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2005 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

A red wine blend of Shiraz (37%), Mourvèdre (23%), Grenache (18%), Carignan (12%), Viognier (10%). 12% of the blend was from Shiraz grapes desiccated on the vine to concentrate flavours and intensify colour. Only the skins of the Viognier were used. These were fermented till dry and left in the tank for three weeks. Pressed directly after fermentation. Regular stirring of the lees imparted complexity to the wine and protected it from premature ageing.
Wood Maturation for 13 months in mostly new French oak from the forests of Allier.
The alcohol content is 13.5 vol %
Residual Sugar 2.1 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.2 gm/l
pH 3.62

2004 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

A red wine blend of Shiraz (68%), Mourvèdre (11%), Grenache (11%), Carignan (7%) and Viognier (3%). 7% of the Shiraz grapes were desiccated on the vine. Only the skins of the Viognier were used. These were fermented till dry and left in the tank for three weeks. Regular stirring of the lees imparted complexity to the wine and protected it from premature ageing.
Wood Maturation for 12 months in 100% new French Oak from the forests of Allier.
The alcohol content is 13.5 vol %
Residual Sugar 1.6 gm/l
Total Acidity 5.4 gm/l
pH 3.62

Solms-Delta Hiervandaan

Hiervandaan is a red wine blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Carignan and Voignier and  is part of the Solms-Delta range. A portion of the Shiraz is desiccated on the vine according to an ancient method to intensify the colour and add additional flavour components. The wine is a dark colour with intense flavours and dried orange peel aromas. It is a rich tannic wine with great ageing potential. The positive winemaking articles reviewing Solms-Delta wines speak for themselves.

Hiervandaan (meaning ‘from this place’) is a word with special significance in the colonial history of the Cape. Marquard de Villiers, scion of a Huguenot family that farmed at Delta from 1771 to 1823, points out that it was used by early European settlers to define their new identity. “Ons is hiervandaan, ons is Afrikaners.” ‘We are from this place, we are Africans.’

De Villiers also tells the moving story of a conversation he had at a neighbouring farm that was once the seat of his family. After proudly telling a labourer of Khoi origin that his family had farmed there 300 years ago, the fellow replied that he too was ‘hiervandaan‘ but his people had only lived there ‘sommer van altyd‘ (just since forever).

For other red wine blends by Solms-Delta, take a look at Africana, a desiccated red wine or the Langarm red wine blend or experience a Franschhoek Wine Tour to taste the full range.

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