We will have a few vineyard blocks qualifying as old vines next year and Alexander Grier, who is driving our old vine project, is developing a couple of exciting new wines from these old blocks. To find out more about The Old Vine Project and certified heritage vineyards visit: http://oldvineproject.co.za/villiera-wines/
Our Bush Vine Blanc Fumé will be 35 years old next year, thus qualifying for the “Old Vines” seal. The Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc will follow in 2020 and is currently our most awarded still white wine and as experienced by some top sommeliers in Hong Kong recently, it stands the test of time. Northeast Wines and Spirits Ltd treated their trade customers to a vertical tasting of 5 Iconic South African Wines from 5 different vintages. The tasting accentuated how well the Villiera Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc performs with a measure of patience to allow the wine time to evolve and intensify.
At the recent Cape Wine Masters (a title which both Jeff Grier CWM and Cathy Brewer CWM hold) gala dinner, Rosa Kruger was honoured as their Wine Personality of the year for her outstanding contribution to the South African Wine Industry. Conversations were mostly occupied around the subject of old vines and in Rosa’s acceptance speech she stated that she does not claim Old Vines always make better wines, but they are certainly always different.
And it is this ‘difference’ which Villiera believes its future old vine wines will reflect with the Villiera Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc already exemplifying this statement. The 2018 vintage will be released in a few months showcasing a new label design. Have a sneak peek to see what to expect from the design.