Blended to benefit needy children in wine regions
SALES of a Cape blend, a Bordeaux-type blend and a trio of affordable fun wines all benefit needy youngsters in three local wine regions.
The Hermanus Wine Route recently launched the R320 which is also the name of the road that meanders past many of the cellars. Local producers contributed components for this wine which is comprised of 73 percent syrah, plus equal quantities of malbec, pinotage and merlot. While I have not yet sampled it, it’s described as elegant, with a nose of spicy white pepper, ripe plum and crushed berries, all of which are also evident on the palate. Fine tannins add complexity.
Contributing wineries are Whalehaven, Hermanuspietersfontein, Bouchard Finlayson, Southern Right, La Vierge, Newton Johnson, Sumaridge, Spookfontein, Ataraxia, Creation, Mount Babylon and Domaine des Dieux. Frieda Lloyd, of the Hermanus Wine Route, says all proceeds from sales will go to a newly registered educational charity, which will focus on the Camphill school and the crèche on the Hamilton Russell farm next year. The wine costs R100 and is stocked by several shops in the area.
Thunderchild, the fine blend of cab franc, merlot and cab, released last year by the Robertson winegrowers who contributed to the vineyard and production, has already raised impressive sums for the Herberg children’s home in Robertson, to which all profits are channelled. There are still stocks of the 2008, which has mellowed beautifully. It costs about R68 and is available at several Robertson cellars, wine shops and farmstalls. For more information, see www.thunderchild.co.za
The Polkadraai lifestyle range – a red blend, white blend and sweet sparkling rosé – are budgetbeaters made by Stellenbosch Hills Wines. A percentage of profits from the trio go to the Vlottenburg primary school, which educates the children of many of the vineyard and cellar workers.