With the bright days of spring on the horizon, Haute Cabrière is proud to release the 2016 vintage of its much-loved Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend, and its elegant Unwooded Pinot Noir.
First released in 1994 as a pioneering marriage of these two noble Burgundian cultivars, the Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir has become a household name amongst local wine lovers, and this latest release will be sure to please both loyal fans and those only just discovering this remarkable blend.
The 2016 vintage deftly balances the structure and elegance of Chardonnay with the intensity and richness of Pinot Noir; on the palate there is an abundance of bright fruit – white peach, pineapple and lime – underpinned by the nuanced red berry notes of the Pinot Noir. The result? A memorable wine ideal for pairing with seafood dishes and salads, or simply chilled and enjoyed on its own.
“At Haute Cabrière everything, including our wine, is about balance and respect,” says Takuan von Arnim, cellar master at the family-owned estate set on the slopes above Franschhoek. It’s a philosophy perfectly encapsulated on the stone plinth guarding the doors to the mountainside cellar. The equal contributions of Sun, Soil, Vine and Man pay homage to the Haute Cabrière philosophy that great wine is grown in the vineyard – not made in the cellar.
Each vintage is a new inspiration, and although many winemakers found the hot and dry 2016 vintage one of the most challenging in recent memory Takuan says he is “delighted with the quality of fruit we harvested”.
“The great advantage of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is that they ripen early in the season, so we are able to avoid all the heat and stress of harvesting later in the summer. Our grapes are also strategically planted on the estate, and the magic of blending allows us to work with the very best parcels of fruit.”
Constant innovation was certainly the inspiration behind the maiden release, in 2011, of the estate’s first Unwooded Pinot Noir. Often described as a ‘red white wine’, the Unwooded Pinot Noir offers the perfect introduction for non-red wine drinkers to the pleasures of Pinot Noir, and the 2016 vintage is a remarkable example of this elegant, structured cultivar that has become a calling card of Haute Cabrière.
“The wine really has an amazing ruby colour to complement the bright red berry fruit,” notes Takuan, who says the 2016 vintage, -, displays particular structure and depth. “As always though, the wine has an alcohol content lower than most Pinot Noirs, which is one of the reasons it’s so popular. Our approach has always been to preserve the elegance of the wine, – making it approachable for both fans of Pinot Noir and those new to this wonderful cultivar.”
Best enjoyed slightly chilled, the Unwooded Pinot Noir is also a versatile food wine, the acidity and freshness providing an ideal foil to everything from rare fillet with rock salt, to seared duck and summery salads.
Both the Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir and Haute Cabrière Unwooded Pinot Noir are available from the cellar, selected restaurants and retailers countrywide. The cellar door price for both wines is R85-00 each.
More information about Haute Cabrière is available on their website www.cabriere.co.za Visitors can experience the full range of wines and Méthode Cap Classiques at the beautiful tasting venue or join daily guided cellar tours and tastings. For bookings, call 021 876 8500 or send email to email@example.com
Haute Cabrière’s Tasting Room and Restaurant are both situated on Franschhoek Pass (Lambrecht Street), Franschhoek. Tasting Room hours are: Mon – Fri: 09h00 to 17h00 – Sat: 10h00 to 16h00 – Sunday: 11h00 to 16h00. Saturday morning cellar tours take place at 11h00.