The 9 new Vrede en Lust wines released!

We have recently released a whole range of new wines, some are new vintages of existing lines, while others are new wines to our range. All of these wines are participants in our exciting Carats for Carbon competition where a lucky customer will win a 1.6 carat, brilliant cut diamond!

Here are the wines with links to the detailed information on each wine!

Karien 2009 Fresh, crisp and fruity – a lovely easy drinking Chenin Blanc. Intricate nose of peach, ripe pears and tropical fruits. The fruit driven aromas follow through on the palate with a crisp acidity and a smooth finish. 50% of the Chenin is from Elgin with the balance from the Paardeberg.

Drink with: An everyday drinking wine wonderful with or without food. Easily matched with salads and a wide variety of summer dishes with freshest ingredients.

Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Our first 100% Elgin Sauvignon Blanc shows a beautiful cool climate nose with flinty notes, flavours of grapefruit, granadilla and gooseberry. Perfectly balanced with fresh acidity, rich minerality and a crisp, yet smooth finish. 11% Semillon from Elgin adds to the complexity and mouth feel of this wine.

Drink with: Seafood dishes, shellfish, fresh acidic sauces and salads. Note that overly creamy and buttery dishes as well as fish may enhance the wine’s natural acidity.

Marguerite 2008 Complex nose of fresh citrus, toasted almonds and wild flowers. Barrel fermented and matured for 10 months. Smooth, full palate with a creamy finish. This wine showcases our Chardonnay goal of perfect fruit and oak balance.

Drink with: Pairs well with smoked foods, buttery and creamy dishes as well as a wide range of cheeses. Perfect accompaniment to Porcini and truffle stuffed chicken breast. Wine Magazine 4 stars

Viognier 2005 Peach & Apricot aromas burst from this wine. A very expressive Viognier, full bodied and delicately balanced with oak. The wine was matured in barrel for 5 months on the lees before bottling. The wine is off dry, full bodied and luxurious.

Drink with: A great match with Spicy Asian dishes and mild curries. Also delicious with a range of warm deserts. Michelangelo International Wine Show Silver Medal

Jess 2009 Strawberry, Cranberry and watermelon flavours have become a trademark of our earlier vintages of Jess, our dry rosé. The 2009 Jess over delivers on quality, with abundant juicy fruit on both the nose and the palate. A delicate blend of Pinotage and Shiraz.

Drink with: Jess has great potential with food and as aperitif. It pairs with virtually anything and will be the perfect match for salad, pizza, pasta, braai, and finger food.

Malbec 2008 Fruit in a wine glass – is the best way to describe this wine. Rich cherry, red-berry, mulberry and blueberry flavours on the nose. Berries follow through to the palate with a very smooth finish. This is our maiden Malbec release. Only 300 cases of the unwooded 2008 vintage were made.

Drink with: Great as a first red wine ahead of fuller bodied reds. Enjoy this wine with lighter red meat dishes. If cooled slightly, this wine pairs beautifully with rich seafood dishes. Perfect with pizza and pasta too.

Syrah 2007 Style change from the Shiraz 2006 prompted the name change. Hints of violets, plums and sweet spice on the nose. Fruit follows through to juicy mouth feel. The smooth, tannins on the palate confirm the promise of this elegant wine. Velvet textured layers showcase this blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.

Drink with: The wine is very expressive with steaks, venison dishes and stands up well to spicy well matured meats. Also well paired with matured cheeses, from 12 months and up. Michelangelo International Wine Show Silver Medal

Classic 2005 A food friendly wine with a complex nose of chocolate, blackcurrant and raspberry. The firm tannin backbone supports a fruity, smooth palate with a sleek finish. Matured in barrels for 14 -16 months. Originally produced as our Reserve ’05 and replaces the original Classic 05 that was rated 87 pts in Wine Spectator.

Drink with: Confit duck, beef fillet, oxtail, rich meat dishes and well reduced sauces. Also a hit with dark cocoa chocolate in front of the fireplace. Could also be enjoyed with pasta dishes incorporating ingredients such as pork belly and wild mushrooms.

Boet Erasmus 2007 Our top red wine, named after Dana & Etienne’s late grandfather. We decided in 2007 to discontinue making the Classic and Reserve lines  and focus on only one Bordeaux blend with a change in style.

A classical New World Bordeaux blend. Dominant Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot with dollops of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Clean cut cherries and typical Cabernet berry aromas on the nose, followed by pencil shavings and cedar. Layers of flavours with clean lines. This wine achieves a wonderful balance between elegance and ripeness.

Drink with: Beef fillet, rump & sirloin steak as well as rich meat dishes with well reduced sauces. Also a hit with dark chocolate. Pairs well with a range of mature and rich cheeses. Michelangelo International Wine Show Silver Medal