Boland Cellar introduces new range

Date posted:
September 18, 2009

Boland Cellar has extended their impressive range of award-winning wines with the introduction of a new range of boutique wines under the Boland Private Cellar label. The Boland Private Cellar range consists of a Chenin Blanc, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Shiraz/Viognier blend.

The range is the product of a joint venture between Boland Cellar and three carefully selected grape growers to produce a selection of unique estate-like wines. According to the managing director of Boland Cellar, Jean du Toit, this collaboration has combined the best of both worlds by producing the quality of estate wine with the economies of scale provided by a larger winery.

“We wanted to preserve the inherent quality of the grapes by allowing the wines to really express their terroir beyond mere regionality and style, and made a conscious investment to improve our cellar technology to accommodate the handling and vinification of smaller batches and significantly increase our capacity for barrel aging,” says Du Toit.

The introduction of the range to the market is the culmination of a partnership process that has taken years to complete.

“The release of these maiden vintages bears testament to the unwavering commitment from our partners in this endeavour and the depth of talent of our winemakers.  Our partners, who were previously faced with too many barriers to enter the fine wine category, shared our ambition and enthusiastically embraced this idea to deliver a product that is beyond our expectations,” he adds.


Caption: The Chenin Blanc is a delight for both the nose and palate.


The Shiraz/Viognier originates from a historic private estate that dates back to the mid 18th century. The family-owned farm is located in the Voor-Paardeberg area in Paarl, which is generally cooler than the rest of the region as it faces the West Coast and receives cooling south-westerly breezes. The terroir of decomposed granite and retentive clay allows for the creation of fine, distinctive wines with structural finesse. The rich savoury character of the shiraz is enhanced by a touch of viognier to add an aromatic dimension to the enticing fruit purity that is complemented by soft oak flavours.

The sauvignon blanc grapes were sourced from prime sauvignon blanc growing areas located close to the cold Atlantic Ocean with significant differentiation in slopes, aspects and soils. The south and south-west facing slopes on the two family farms allow for the distinctive minerality in the wines, while the earlier ripening and wind protection in the valleys provide a rich tropical dimension. This quintessential cool climate Sauvignon Blanc shows nettles and apples on the palate with deep-seated expressions of passion fruit ripeness.

The foothills of the Drakenstein mountains are the source of the organically grown chenin blanc grapes used for the naturally fermented Boland Private Cellar Chenin Blanc. This varietal was planted early in the 1980s and sustainable farming practices were introduced since 2002. No pesticides or artificial fertilizers are allowed, while ducks and geese are used for pest control. The vineyards have been officially certified as organic and yield a balanced, small crop with small berries of immense concentration and significant minerality. The wine shows a perfect balance between weight and persistency with a long, satisfying finish. The long, natural fermentation of up to eight months adds complexity and concentration.

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