Blended to ben­e­fit needy chil­dren in wine re­gions

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

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.thun­der­

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.

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