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Heritage

OLD HARBOUR RANGE

Heritage
<p>With this range, Whalehaven commemorates the historic Old Harbour that has ben a landmark since 1855.</p>

With this range, Whalehaven commemorates the historic Old Harbour that has ben a landmark since 1855.

OCean

ABALONE

OCean
<p>Abalone is a South African,<br />
cultivar-driven wine that<br />
celebrates it's coastal origin and is the perfect pairing for seafood.</p>

Abalone is a South African,
cultivar-driven wine that
celebrates it's coastal origin and is the perfect pairing for seafood.

WHALEHAVEN

CELLAR SELECTION

WHALEHAVEN
<p>A classic, elegant<br />
range of  wines largely made from French single varieties with an established pedigree of awards.</p>

A classic, elegant
range of wines largely made from French single varieties with an established pedigree of awards.

RESERVE

CONSERVATION COAST

RESERVE
<p>A cool climate, terroir-<br />
driven range  of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the<br />
Upper Hemel-en-Aarde<br />
valley. These are the icons of the Whalehaven range.</p>

A cool climate, terroir-
driven range of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the
Upper Hemel-en-Aarde
valley. These are the icons of the Whalehaven range.

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Highlights of the Whalehaven Range

Over time, Whalehaven has become renowned for a world class Cabernet Franc, fresh Sauvignon Blanc as well as two collectible wines for connoisseurs in the Conservation Coast Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.

CONSERVATION COAST

CONSERVATION COAST
<p>PINOT NOIR 2015</p>

PINOT NOIR 2015

CONSERVATION COAST

CONSERVATION COAST
<p>CHARDONNAY 2015</p>

CHARDONNAY 2015

WHALEHAVEN

WHALEHAVEN
<p>CABERNET FRANC 2014</p>

CABERNET FRANC 2014

WHALEHAVEN

WHALEHAVEN
<p>SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016</p>

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

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WINE VARIETIES

Here we look at the variety of grape types grown at and used in the course of making IDIOM wines. For each variety, we'll look briefly at its history, flavour profile, use in blending and food pairing.

Merlot

Merlot

Merlot makes up the backbone of a Bordeaux blend, and is the most important variety in that blend. A great food wine, Merlot is incredibly versatile with flavours of black cherry, raspberry and plum, as well as cedar, vanilla, clove and mocha. It’s a great blending wine, benefitting from the structure of oak matuation, and stands well on its own. In body and colour, it falls midway between lighter Pinot Noir and deeper Syrah/Shiraz.

Food Pairing: poultry, lightly spiced lean meats, roast vegetables and beef stew.

Pinotage

Pinotage

A truly South African variety created from a hybrid between Cinsault and Pinot Noir, but bolder than either of those alone. Note flavours of blackbery, black cherry, fig, menthol and roasted meats, Pinotage is a dry, full-bodied wine. Most often bottled as a single varietal, it has low acidity and medium-high tannins which give it great structure.

Food Pairing: roasted meats, flavourful, exotic sauces such as Teriyaki, plum and barbecue sauce, and roasted vegtables.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Light bodied and fruity, Pinot Noir is a notoriously tricky wine to get right. However, we in the Hemel-en-Aarde region are known for the exceptional quality of our Pinot Noirs. Taste red fruit, raspberry, hibiscus, vanilla and mushroom. A great food pairing wine due to its low tannins and higher acidity.

Food Pairing: duck, chicken, pork and mushrooms. 

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

A natural cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular varieties in the world. Prized for its high concentration, and its ability to age well, it stands well as a single varietal and blends well. Taste notes of black currant, black cherry, cedar, baking spices and graphite. Rich flavour and strong tannins make it a great wine to pair with highly flavoured dishes.

Food Pairing: grilled meats, peppery sauces, and boldly flavoured dishes.

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

The parent grape of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabenet Franc is a dry, medium-bodied wine and key in the Bordeaux blend. With notes of strawberry, raspberry, and crushed gravel, you should also get notes of bell pepper, spicy chilli or spiced chocolate. With higher acidity, it’s great paired with more acidic foods.

Food Pairing: tomato dishes, vinegar-based sauces like BBQ sauce, and rich lentils, like beluga lentils

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc

Long thought to be a purely blending grape, Chenin Blanc has been enjoying something of a revival, especially in the Cape. A lean, dry white wine it stands alone as well as it blends, and makes a great brandy. Taste notes of quince, pear, yellow apples, chamomile and honey.

Food Pairing: pairs well with acidic foods, depending on the style, and especially well with Asian cuisine.

Viognier

Viognier

This wonderful medium-bodied grape has a rich, almost oily flavour and is popular in the Northern Rhône, as well as in the New World. Full of fruity notes of tangerine, peach, mango, honeysuckle and rose. Chenin Blanc is often aged in oak to lend it a Chardonnay-like richness.

Food Pairing: delicate meats, like scallops, stewed fruit, citrus and aromatic herbs, like, tarragon and Thai basil.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

One of the most popular wines in the world, Chardonnay is a versatile grape. It can be made lean and sparkling or rich and creamy with the addition of oak maturation. A fruity wine, you should notice yellow apple, starfruit and pineapple, while the oak gives notes of vanilla, butter, brioche and toast.

Food Pairing: Unoaked Chardonnay works well with sushi and and crisp, delicate foods. Oaked Chardonnay – made well – is the perfect pair for lobster, crab and other rich seafood, as well as pork, squash, mushrooms and creamy corn.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

A perennial favourite, Suavignon Blanc is loved for its green, fruity flavours and acidity. Served very cold, it’s the perfect summer sipper. You’ll pick up notes of gooseberry, honeydew melon, grapefruit, white peach and passion fruit. It’s a low tannin, high acidity wine that’s generally pretty dry, making it a great standalone wine and delicious with food.

Food Pairing: great with herby sauces, over chicken, fish or tofu, with Thai and Vietnamese cuisine and sushi.