Situated 15 km from Stellenbosch along the picturesque Route 44, framed against the slopes of the Helderberg lies Yonder Hill Wines. Here, 6 hectares of vineyards are annually crafted into top wines – Inanda 2013 being no exception – and we got to experience a vertical tasting to evaluate and share in its craftsmanship.
If you’re a fan of a smooth, vibrant red like we are, we suggest you pay Yonder Hill a visit. The Inanda 2013, the second last of our tasting flight, is a 47% Cabernet Franc, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot blend. It’s worth noting how well-balanced and easy drinking it is – pair it with a slab of dark chocolate or sizzling steak and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Led by winemaker Abé Beukes, we had great fun with fellow wine lovers, writers, judges and aficionados, tasting, commenting and noting on the blends from 2008–2014. We even blended our very own Inanda 2015. What fun!
If you’re not much of a wine fan, and don’t quite appreciate the lingo that goes with it, read no further. If you do, however, enjoy touching up on your cultivar knowledge, here it is…
The vineyards are five years old and planted along the northern slopes of the farm, therefore maximising sunlight exposure and False Bay’s sea breeze. The berries of the four cultivars ripen at different stages of the harvest – each cultivar is therefore harvested and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. After blending and secondary fermentation, the blend is matured for 13 months in 225l French oak barrels.
What’s more, for the environmentally conscious, the use of minimal handling and insecticides shows the approach towards enviro-friendly farming methods. This boutique winery is therefore a notable stop on your wine tasting missions, and worth investing in a crate or two.
Winemaker Abé Beukes
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace