Neethlingshof’s The Owl Post Pinotage again among SA’s top wines!

Date posted:
April 20, 2012


Neethlingshof’s The Owl Post Pinotage 2010 has achieved the distinction of being placed, for the second time running, on the list of the Top 100 SA Wines for 2012. The names of the hundred wines that made it onto the list for 2012 were announced at an awards ceremony held in Cape Town last night.

The wines, entered for the competition by some of the country’s foremost estates and wineries, were judged by a panel of mainly overseas wine experts under the chairmanship of British Wine Master, Tim Atkin.

The 2010 Neethlingshof The Owl Post Pinotage was made, like its predecessors, from the grapes of a single dry-land vineyard planted some 25 years ago. Its name commemorates the fact that this vineyard was the first in which owl posts were erected as part of the estate’s extensive programme of eco-sustainable farming.

Different types of canopy management were practised in the 2,3 ha vineyard and the grapes from the different areas vinified separately. They were also matured separately in a combination of different types of oak before being blended to create what the winemaker, De Wet Viljoen, describes as a wine in the classic style, “full, but at the same time elegant and beautifully balanced”.

“The soils on Neethlingshof are deep and fertile, and the vines that grow in them provide us with grapes of great intensity. It is our responsibility to ensure the bounty nature offers us is turned into the best wine possible in the cellar.”

Viljoen said this particular vineyard had played a key role in the development of the estate’s approach to sustainable farming, which has since become central to its operations. “It was here that we first experimented using natural predators, in this case to combat rodents damaging the root systems of the vines.”

The estate’s pinotage has over the years won numerous awards at competitions as wide-ranging as Veritas, Decanter and The International Wine & Spirits Competition. The 2010 vintage is available from leading liquor outlets and retails for about R185 per bottle.


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