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our wines

Our Wines:

Conservation Coast Chardonnay

2014

An expressive cool climate terroir driven wine. Pale gold in colour. Hints of nougat and candied sweets on the nose, custard and sultana notes on the mid palate develop into smooth lingering flavours of vanilla pods and panettone cake. Delicate toasty notes balance the sweetness of the fruit. Rich and enticing. A Chardonnay experience.

Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

Conservation Coast
Tasting Notes
R390
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Maturation

The lees was stirred every day for two weeks directly after fermentation and then twice a week for three months thereafter. The wine was then racked off its lees, given a light sulphuring and allowed four months maturation before being given a light filtration and bottled.

Food Pairing

Creamy, buttery fish dishes.

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2013 2012 2014 2015 2016

Whalehaven Merlot

2014

A powerful complex Merlot, deep red in colour with aromas of plums, blackcurrants and cedar wood. A multilayered and ever-changing mid-palate with dark fruits of the forest and red currant flavours. A complex and vibrant wine that will reward cellaring.

Varieties: 100% Merlot

Whalehaven
Tasting Notes
R198
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2014

Whalehaven Pinotage

2014

Deep red centre with a purple edge. Ripe plum, red cherry and a hint of fynbos character on the nose. Dense dark chocolate and liquorice flavours on the palate. An accessible and well-structured pinotage with layers of bright red fruit on the finish.

Varieties: 100% Pinotage

Whalehaven
Tasting Notes
R198
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2014 2015

Whalehaven Cabernet Franc

2014

Dark red in colour with complimentary aromas of dusty green peppers and sweet vanilla on the nose. Enticing flavours of ripe plums and dark forest floor berries on the palate. A well-balanced Cabernet franc with good fruit, freshness, structure and great ageing potential.

Varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc

Whalehaven
Tasting Notes
R198
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Maturation

The grapes were cold soaked for 4 days prior to fermentation. They were then pressed and put straight into barrels for malo-lactic (secondary) fermentation. The wine was racked immediately after malo-lactic and placed in mainly French (60%) and American (40%) with 1st (35%), 2nd (40%) and 3rd (25%) fill oak barrels for 12 months of maturation after which the wine was lightly filtered and bottled.

Food Pairing

Lamb Chop, Pork Chop, Mushroom Risotto

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2012 2013 2014

Whalehaven Pinot Noir

2016

Accessible, bright, complex and delicate. An exciting, lively, medium bodied Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Pinot noir. Light red with a typical garnet edge. Aromas of sour cherry,
pomegranate and cranberries develop and evolve further on the palate leaving a long lingering and promising fruity finish.

Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir

Whalehaven
Tasting Notes
R198
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2016

Whalehaven Unwooded Viognier

2015

Light pale straw in colour. Aromas of white pear, peach and honey blossoms are followed by flavours and textures of nougat and sweet spices. Enticing and elegant, this is a wine with a good body and a long lingering finish. Serve chilled and enjoy the evolution of flavours.

Varieties: 100% Viognier

Whalehaven
Tasting Notes
R100
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2015 2017

Whalehaven Chenin Blanc

2016

An extremely elegant sample of Chenin Blanc. Light straw in colour. Delicate nose with a gentle bouquet of green melon and white pear develop into a more savoury melange of mineral notes with hints of citrus blossoms and candied fruits. Serve chilled.

Varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc

Whalehaven
Tasting Notes
R100
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Maturation

After pressing the juice was cooled down to allow settling, before it was racked of its lees. The juice was then inoculated with yeast and fermented between 12-14°C. The wine was then cleaned, filtered and bottled for consumption.

Food Pairing

An excellent food companion for salads, vegetarian or sweet and sour Asian style dishes.

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2016

Abalone Red

2014

Deep red in colour with a dark rim. Rich black and blueberry notes with a hint of cedar on the nose which evolves into dark fruits and plums on the palate. A seductive wine with a rich mid-palate, smooth velvety tannins and a lengthy finish.

Varieties: Pinotage & Merlot

Abalone
Tasting Notes
R110
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Maturation

The grapes were crushed separately and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Malo-lactic took place in tanks on French and American oak staves. Maturation took place in 4th and 5th fill French, Hungarian and American 225L oak barrels for 10 months, before the wine was given a light fining and filtered for bottling.

Food Pairing

Braised lamb.

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2014

Old Harbour Rosé

2015

Rose water red in colour with hints of red currants and clementine on the nose. A medium-bodied rosé with mouth-watering flavours of nougat and ripe strawberries on the palate. Serve chilled.

Varieties: 100% Mourvèdre

Old Harbour
Tasting Notes
R73
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2015

Old Harbour Red

2015

A mouth filling wine with aromas of ripe blackcurrants, liquorice and pepper notes followed by flavours of blackberries and prunes lingering over a velvety smooth finish. A wine to enjoy.

Varieties: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Old Harbour
Tasting Notes
R73
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2015