Roodeberg celebrates 7 decades with a modern return to the roots of SA wine

Roodeberg, the true South African original that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, has taken its narrative back to the heart of the country’s winemaking roots with the launch of the Roodeberg 1949, a meticulously crafted, limited edition commemorative blend.

Continuing the Roodeberg tradition as a blend with universal appeal, Roodeberg 1949 lends new vitality through the added intrigue and dimension of exciting contemporary varieties from sought-after vineyard sites, starting a new chapter in the illustrious Roodeberg story.

The maiden 2017 vintage was crafted from Stellenbosch grapes grown on Grondves Farm, one of the primary sites for the development of mother plant material for the South African wine industry. Given Roodeberg’s rich history and international footprint, it is particularly fitting that this new ultra-premium red blend that straddles tradition and innovation comes from this special terroir.

Showing excellent structure, supple tannins and fleshy fruit with outstanding purity and balance, Roodeberg 1949 embraces the revival of exciting French and Spanish varieties. Cabernet sauvignon (38%) forms the foundation of the blend, complemented by tempranillo (29%), carignan (20%) and carménère (13%).

Each variety brings something unique to the blend resulting in a wine of exceptional concentration and finesse. Cabernet sauvignon and tempranillo lend structure and intensity, while the carignan and carménère contribute spicy intrigue and depth of flavour.

Rigorous selection from the vineyard to the barrel is the bedrock of Roodeberg 1949. After fermentation, the different components were left to mature for 18 months in new French oak barrels and only the finest barrels were blended and bottled for this commemorative wine.

This concentrated, deep ruby red blend has generous aromas of dark cherry, blackcurrant and vanilla, followed by a mouthful of cinnamon, sweet spice and ripe, juicy dark berry fruit. Firm tannins lend structure and an enduring finish.

Ever evolving with a rich heritage spanning 70 years, the name Roodeberg resonates in the hearts and minds of wine lovers the world over. Roodeberg 1949 continues this tradition as a contemporary blend with universal appeal, a wine that is imminently drinkable and accessibly yet complex enough to age beautifully.

Roodeberg 1949 will be released annually in limited quantities and the blend may vary from year to year. The wine sells for R249 at the KWV Emporium.

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