Koloni


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Greg Landman, ‘City Press’
“….a fragrantly intense wine, surprisingly dry, but with some tangy honeyed nuances.”

Ingrid Motteux, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“Richly complex, honeyed, spicy peach aromas; more concentration than 06, with striking minerality & bone-dry, tangy finish; 15% alc in perfect balance.” RATING * * * * ½. [Included among the Guide’s ‘Wines of the Year’ as “highly recommended”.]

Eban van Wyk, ‘without prejudice’
“…unusual and interesting…..intense flavours….perfect as an aperitif or, with its strong flavours, could be enjoyed with a Thai curry or even a cheese platter.”

Ludwig Maske, ‘Franschhoek Tatler’
“Perfect food wines”

Tom Stevenson, ‘Wine Report 2008’
Ranked among the SA region’s ’10 Most Exciting or Unusual Finds’ of the year.

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“Rich, spicy blend … full bodied, sumptuous, with flavour-lengthening sweetness. Fresh acid and oak … add sophistication.” RATING * * * *

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide – 2007’
“elegantly aromatic … viscous but with trademark light tread, purity”

Tim James, ‘grape.co.za’
“a rich, powerful wine with intense flavours but not without the forceful elegance that is characteristic of the Solms range”.

Graham Howe, ‘Upfront’
“intriguing … a floral Muscat-style wine with a lingering, dry finish. A luscious wine for jaded palates”

Sonja Roets, ‘Franschhoek Life’
“a dry dessert wine? So different that a new classification for it was discussed”

Jenny Crwys-Williams, ‘Radio 702’
“just lovely”

Mary Jane Harris, ‘Woman & Home’
“Koloni is something totally different … surprisingly dry. The wine has intense floral notes, hints of oak and … it’s non-cloying.”

2011 Vintage

Is a blend of Muscat d’Alexandrie (75%) and Muscat de Frontignan – Muscadel – (25%). Grapes were desiccated on the vine, pressed as whole bunches, fermented after settling and matured for eighteen months in old barrels. Something quite different. It is an off-dry after-dinner wine, or an aperitif, or for drinking by itself. It has intense aromatics that show spicy floral notes with hints of gingerbread and citrus. The wine has a dense palate balanced by a fine acidity that gives a lingering, yet surprisingly dry finish.
The alcohol content is 14.5% Vol
Residual sugar 8.7 gm/l
Total acidity 6.2 gm/l
pH 3.40
Recommended retail price ZAR120.00 per 500ml bottle
For the full Koloni wine profile click here

2010 Vintage

Is a blend of Muscat d’Alexandrie (64%) and Muscat de Frontignan – Muscadel – (36%). The grapes were desiccated on the vine, pressed as whole bunches, fermented after settling and matured for ten months in seasoned French oak. This is a dry Muscat wine which you can drink by itself or before or after dinner. It has a good structure, judicious oak, and a lingering finish.
The alcohol content is 13.5% Vol
Residual sugar 14.8 gm/l
Total acidity 6.6 gm/l
pH 3.38
Recommended retail price ZAR120.00 per 500ml bottle
For the full Koloni wine profile click here.

2007 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of Rhine Reisling (73%, Muscat d’Alexandrie (14%), Muscat de Frontignan – Muscadel – (13%). The grapes were desiccated on the vine, pressed as whole bunches, fermented after settling and matured for thirteen months in new French oak. A floral, Muscat-style wine with hints of oak.
The alcohol content is 15% Vol
Residual sugar 2.5 gm/l
Total acidity 5.8 gm/l
pH 3.18
Recommended retail price ZAR92.00
For the full Koloni 2007 Wine Profile, click here

2006 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of Rhine Riesling (59%), Muscat de Frontignan (29%), and Muscat D’Alexandrie (12%). The grapes have been desiccated on the vine, pressed as whole bunches, fermented after settling and matured for six months in new French oak. Intense floral notes, hints of oak, and complex structure, with a surprisingly dry finish.
The alcohol content is 14.5%.vol
Residual sugar 8.6 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.3 gm/l
pH 3.25

Solms-Delta Koloni

Koloni wine is a blend of Rhine Riesling, Muscat de Frontignan (Muscadel) and Muscat d’ Alexandrie, 100% desiccated on the vine. Desiccation of the grapes on the vine is through strangulation and part of consultant viticulturist Paul Wallace’s philosophy for Solms-Delta. The stalks of the bunches are clamped on the vine before harvest, blocking the channels carrying the various components to and from the berries. The natural acids and grape sugars are retained, concentrating flavours and colour. The desiccated grapes are pressed as whole bunches, fermented after settling and matured for six months in new French oak. A Muscat/Riesling blend with a surprisingly dry finish. Intense aromas, judicious oak, and rich mouthfeel. A truly unique ‘meditation wine’.

Koloni wine is the isiXhosa name for the Cape. This reflects its history of colonisation, mainly by settlers from Europe – including members of the German families Solms and Hegewisch, who arrived here in 1838 and 1904.

We welcome you to enjoy a tasting of Solms-Delta wines at the estate, and become informed about our wines and winemaking techniques by taking our popular Vineyards, Cellar and Wine Farm Tour, or buy our wines available from various stockists and restaurants globally.