Nice Red Wine: What To Look For

Nice Red Wine: What To Look For

Exploring the world of red wine is a sensory journey filled with unique flavours and characteristics. From fruit-forward notes to earthy undertones, each sip offers a glimpse into the intricate world of wine flavours. In this guide, we delve into the essence of nice red wine, uncovering the key characteristics and features that make it a delightful experience. Explore with us as we navigate through the nuances of wine flavours, characteristics, the essence of a perfect red wine selection and two of the Woolworths Cape wines.

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The Flavour Profile of Nice Red Wine

One of the first things to consider when choosing a nice red wine is the flavour profile. Each wine has its own unique combination of flavours, which can range from fruity and sweet to earthy and bold, and the flavours of wine are influenced by factors such as the grape variety, region, and winemaking process.

Fruit Flavours

Many red wines are characterised by their prominent fruit flavours, which can vary from bright and light to dark and jammy. Red wines like Merlot or Grenache often have notes of strawberry, red cherry, or red currant, while others such as Zinfandel may present richer fruit flavours like black cherry or ripe plum. 

nice red wine - merlot sign in the vineyards

Spice and Herb Notes

Spice notes in red wine are typically derived from either the grape variety itself or from the ageing process, particularly in oak barrels. Some red wines might offer a hint of black or white pepper, cinnamon, or liquorice. Herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano can also come through.

Earthy and Woody Undertones

Earthy flavours in nice red wine can range from the subtle taste of minerals or wet stone to more pronounced flavours like leather, tobacco, or mushroom. These flavours are often associated with Old World wines, such as those from France or Italy, and can add complexity and depth. Woody undertones typically come from ageing in oak barrels and can impart flavours of vanilla, cedar, smoke, or toast. The type of oak used and the duration of ageing will influence the intensity and quality of these flavours.

Floral and Other Aromatics

Some red wines, particularly those made from grapes like Pinot Noir and Sangiovese, can have floral aromatics such as violets, lavender, or rose petals. These delicate notes can add elegance and a sense of freshness to the wine. Other aromatics that may be present include chocolate, coffee, or even hints of tar, all contributing to a wine’s unique bouquet.

Winemaker smelling a glass of red wine

It’s important to note that these are general flavour profiles, and not all red wines will have the same exact flavours. Every person’s palate is different, which means that what one person may taste in a wine may differ from another person’s experience.

Characteristics of a Nice Red Wine

In addition to flavour, there are a few other characteristics to consider when selecting a nice red wine in South Africa. While these features can vary based on the grape varietal and the region in which it was produced, some key characteristics to look for in a nice red wine include:

Nice Red Wine – Body 

The body of a wine refers to its weight, texture, and overall mouth feel. It can range from light-bodied (think Pinot Noir) to full-bodied (think Cabernet Sauvignon). A wine’s body is influenced by factors such as the grape variety, climate, and winemaking process. Full-bodied wines tend to have higher alcohol content and more concentrated flavours, while light-bodied wines, are typically more refreshing and easier to drink.

Nice Red Wine – Tannins

Tannins are naturally occurring compounds found in grape skins, seeds, and stems that give wine its astringency and structure. They can be described as the drying sensation you feel in your mouth when you drink red wine. Some red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, are known for their high tannin levels, which can contribute to their ageing potential.

Person Holding Grapes

Nice Red Wine – Acidity

Acidity is a key component in wine that gives it its tart and refreshing taste. It helps balance out the sweetness and tannins in a wine, making it more enjoyable to drink. Red wines tend to have lower acidity levels compared to white wines, but there are some exceptions which do have quite a high acid content, such as Grenache. 

Nice Red Wine – Alcohol Content

The alcohol content of a wine can vary greatly and is influenced by factors such as the grape variety, climate, and winemaking process. The alcohol content is typically listed on the label and is expressed as a percentage by volume (% ABV). A higher alcohol content can lead to a fuller-bodied wine with more intense flavours. However, balance is, of course, key, as too much alcohol can overpower the other elements of the wine.

Nice Red Wine – Finish

The finish of a wine is the impression it leaves after you’ve swallowed it. A good red wine will often have a long, satisfying finish that lingers on the palate. This can be a continuation of the flavours detected while tasting or even introduce new subtle notes. The quality of the finish is often indicative of a wine’s overall complexity and craftsmanship.

Nice Red Wine – Complexity

Complexity refers to the range and harmony of flavours, aromas, and characteristics within a nice red wine. A complex wine will reveal different notes and nuances as you taste it, often changing and evolving in the glass. Complexity can be a result of many factors, including the grape blend, terroir, ageing process, and winemaker’s technique.

Winemaker looking at a glass of wine

Nice Red Wine – Balance

Balance is the harmonious integration of a wine’s flavours, acidity, tannins, and alcohol. A well-balanced wine will not have any one characteristic dominating the others, but rather they will work together to create a pleasing and cohesive experience. Balance is often what separates good wines from great wines and is a key factor to consider when selecting a nice red wine.

HER Wines: Two Popular Red Wine Varietals

While there are countless red wine varietals to choose from, two of the most popular varietals include Pinotage and Shiraz.

HER Wines Shiraz

The 2022 Shiraz from HER Wine Collection flawlessly combines the flavours of dark berries with subtle notes of spice and vanilla, producing a captivating wine. It leaves a lasting impression on the palate and is hailed as a top nice red wine of South Africa.

HER Shiraz in front of a fireplace

HER Wines Pinotage

The 2022 Pinotage from HER Wine Collection enchants wine enthusiasts with its rich, ripe red berry flavours, complemented by aromatic spicy notes. Its medium-bodied structure features velvety and soft tannins that enhance the richness of the delicious fruit tastes.

Lady holding a bottle of HER Pinotage

Where to Find HER Wines 

Our wines are available to purchase directly from our online store, but if you’re looking for alternative options of where to purchase HER Wine in South Africa, there are many local and online retailers where they can be found. 

One great option is Woolworths. Woolworths offers the complete selection of the HER Wine Collection at stores nationwide in the Woolworths wine section, and these can also be found at Woolworths Online. If you are looking for a nice red wine, then the HER Wine Collection Shiraz, as well as the HER Wine Collection Pinotage are available at Woolies wine online at R89.99 per bottle.

HER Wine Shiraz being Poured

The HER Wine Bursary Initiative

The HER Wine Bursary initiative arises from the HER Wine Collection, a pioneering effort led by women in the winemaking industry. Having overcome significant challenges in their professional journey, the HER Wine Collection team understands the hurdles aspiring individuals face to carve out their careers. Motivated by this knowledge, we have committed 2% of our proceeds to set up a bursary to empower ambitious, talented, young individuals to pursue their dreams. 

HER Wine Bursary Stamp

Eligible candidates for this scholarship are families actively working on wine farms that cultivate grapes for the HER Wine Collection. Selected recipients will receive help financially for their academic endeavours, along with mentorship to help them navigate the difficulties of higher education and career advancement.

Contact HER Wines

Stay updated with the latest news and wine specials from the HER Wine Collection by following us on Instagram and Facebook. For more information or inquiries about our selection of nice red wine, feel free to email us at info@herwinecollection.co.za, call us at 021 111 0210 or contact us on WhatsApp 060 551 5989.

Exploring Dry Red Wine In South Africa

Exploring Dry Red Wine In South Africa

South Africa is known for its stunning picturesque landscapes, diverse and incredible wildlife, and rich vibrant history. But did you also know that it is home to some of the best dry red wines in the world? In this article, we will explore the world of dry red wine in South Africa, including its types, potential benefits, and the best ones to try.

What is Dry Red Wine?

Dry red wine is a type of red wine characterised by its low sugar content and unlike sweet wines, dry wines contain minimal to no sugar. Experts in the wine industry have a more precise definition of dry wine, considering those with no more than one gram of sugar per litre as truly dry. Wines containing sugar levels above one gram but below nine grams per litre are classified as “off-dry.” Those wines devoid of any sugar are described as “bone dry.”

Why is Dry Red Wine Dry? 

The process of making wine involves fermenting grape juice. This fermentation occurs when yeast breaks down the sugar in the juice, converting it into alcohol. Typically, a wine is allowed to ferment until it becomes “dry,” indicating that all the sugar has been transformed. The term “residual sugar” (RS) refers to any sugar remaining unconverted.

Lady holding HER Wine Pinotage

Is it a Dry Red Wine or Sweet Red Wine?

Most red wines fall into the dry category, but exceptions include dessert wines like Port, Vin Doux Naturel, or Ice Wine, which are explicitly sweet. Some affordably priced red blends, often with unique names and lacking a specific origin, may also possess a degree of sweetness intended to appeal to a broader audience.

What Are The Benefits of Dry Red Wine?

According to medical studies, the potential health advantages of red wine stem from its antioxidant properties, as well as its ability to combat inflammation and regulate lipids. Produced from crushed dark grapes, red wine is a significant source of resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grape skins.

dry red wine - People drinking

Antioxidants are crucial for minimising oxidative stress in the body, a condition associated with various illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. 

Types of Dry Red Wine in South Africa

South Africa produces a wide variety of dry red wines, each with its unique characteristics and flavours. Let us have a look at some of the most popular varietals:

Cabernet Franc

Softer and less sugary than Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape is key in Bordeaux-style blends and varietal wines. Its cultivation is small but growing. ‘Cabernet’ typically refers to Cabernet Sauvignon, not Franc.

Cabernet Sauvignon

A leading variety in the Cape, celebrated for producing superior dry red wine that ages into spicy, rich, and complex flavours. Often blended with Merlot or Cabernet Franc.

dry red wine - cabernet sauvignon

Carignan

Thrives in hot, dry conditions and originates from Spain, with limited cultivation in South Africa. Used in light dry wines or as a blend, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz.

Gamay Noir

Known for light reds with little tannins in the France’s Beaujolais region. In South Africa it is produced similarly.

Grenache (Noir)

A vital Spanish variety (Garnacha), drought, wind, and sun-resistant. It is commonly blended with Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Red wine being poured into glasses

Malbec

Known for spicy notes, primarily grown in Cahors, France, and as Argentina’s flagship. It is grown very limitedly in South Africa and found in both varietal and blended wines.

Merlot

An early ripener, used to soften Cabernet Sauvignon blends but increasingly celebrated as a varietal. 

Man squeezing red wine grapes

Nebbiolo

Known for robust, tannic wines with potential for ageing, it originates from Italy’s Piedmont and there are only minimal plantings in South Africa.

Pinotage

This uniquely South African dry red wine grape, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (Hermitage) created by Professor Abraham Perold in 1925, marries the esteemed qualities of its parents. It’s capable of yielding complex, fruity wines that age well yet are also enjoyable in their youth. 

dry red wine - HER Pinotage

Pinot Noir

Revered in Burgundy and challenging to cultivate elsewhere, this grape is now producing exceptional wines in South Africa’s cooler regions. These wines are generally lighter in colour with distinctive vegetal notes, and a significant amount is utilised in Cap Classique sparkling wines.

Sangiovese 

The primary black grape of Tuscany, demanding careful vineyard management, with modest plantings in South Africa.

Shiraz 

Originating from France and widely produced as Syrah outside Australia, this noble grape is celebrated for its deep, purple, smoky, and spicy wines that gain complexity with age.

Man holding grapes

Zinfandel 

Known as Primitivo in Italy, this prominent Californian grape is grown on a small scale in South Africa, adding to the diversity of the country’s viticultural landscape.

Dry Red Wine Types

The most robust, savoury red wines are the least sweet and are characterised by a subdued fruitiness and pronounced tannins, lending a bitter note.

Sophisticated, savoury dry red wine presents a reduction in bitter tannins. While not particularly fruity, they lean towards more earthy, peppery, or vegetal tastes, offering little in terms of sweetness.

dry red wine - HER Shiraz being poured

Bold, fruity red wines, though virtually sugar-free, can exhibit a perceived sweetness due to their robust aromas of cherries, raspberries, plums, and beyond.

With these distinct, different flavour profiles, everyone can find a dry red wine that they enjoy.

South African Dry Red Wine to Try

Now that we’ve explored the types, benefits and flavour profiles of dry red wine in South Africa, let’s take a look at some of the best dry red wine from HER Wines to try:

Dry Red Wine: HER Wine Collection Shiraz 2022 

The Her Wines 2022 Shiraz is defined by a compelling combination of dark berry flavours intertwined with hints of vanilla and spice. It is medium-bodied and complex, engrossing the palate and leaving a memorable aftertaste. The Shiraz can be aged for 1–5 years from its year of vintage.

dry red wine - HER Shiraz

Dry Red Wine: HER Wine Collection Pinotage 2022

The HER Wines Pinotage 2022 captivates the senses with its rich, mature flavours of red berries complemented by aromatic, spicy notes and boasts a medium body and smooth, silky tannins. Our Pinotage has an ageing potential of 1–5 years from its vintage year.

The HER Wine Bursary Initiative 

The HER Bursary initiative stems from the HER Wine Collection, a pioneering venture spearheaded by women in the winemaking industry. Having triumphed over significant challenges in their professional journey, the team at HER Wine Collection understands first-hand the hurdles faced by aspiring individuals striving to carve their paths in life. Motivated by this awareness, we have committed 2% of our proceeds to establish a bursary aimed at empowering young, ambitious, and talented individuals to pursue their aspirations.

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Eligible candidates for this scholarship are descendants of families actively engaged in grape cultivation for the HER Wine Collection. Those selected will receive financial aid for their academic pursuits along with personalised mentorship to navigate the complexities of higher education and career advancement.

Buy Dry Red Wine from HER Wines

Should you be in search of quality dry red wine within South Africa, our wines are available for purchase online on our website and from Woolworths, as well as at several retail locations. Keep up with all the exciting developments at HER wines as well as our wine specials by following us on Instagram and Facebook. If you require further details about our dry red wines or have any other inquiries, feel free to contact us through email at info@herwinecollection.co.za or by calling us at 021 873 3170.

Exploring The Diverse Types of Red Wine in South Africa

Exploring The Diverse Types of Red Wine in South Africa

South Africa is not only known for its beautiful landscapes, diverse cultures, and delicious wines, but also for its impressive wine industry, with its South African red wines gaining recognition and popularity among wine enthusiasts around the world.

But with so many different types of red wine available in South Africa, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In this article, we’ll explore the diverse types of red wine in South Africa and help you discover one of the best red wine in South Africa. 

The History of Red Wine in South Africa

The history of winemaking in South Africa dates back to the 17th century, when the Dutch East India Company established a supply station in Cape Town. The first vineyards were planted in 1655, and in 1659 the first wine was produced, just four years later.

Today, South Africa is the ninth-largest wine producer in the world, with red wine accounting for approximately 45% of the country’s total wine production.

The Different Kinds of Red Wine in South Africa

South Africa is home to a wide variety of red wine grapes, each with its own unique characteristics and flavours, producing good red wine in South Africa. Here are some of the most popular red wine types (in alphabetical order) produced by various South African red wine brands:

Various Red Wines in Glasses

 Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Cabernet Franc

This variety is a relative of Cabernet Sauvignon and tends to exhibit softer, less sugary, and less alcoholic qualities in a nice red wine. Stellenbosch has the largest production area for this variety, followed by Paarl.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Cabernet Sauvignon

This variety is popular amongst types of red wine in South Africa and yields top-quality wines that mature into full-bodied, complex, and spicy wines. This variety is grown in Stellenbosch, Paarl, Swartland, as well as Robertson. 

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Cinsaut (Noir)

Formerly known as Hermitage, this versatile and robust variety can be blended with Cabernet to create affordable early-drinking wines or as quality wine for brandy distillation. The largest areas of Cinsaut Noir production are Paarl, Breedekloof and Swartland areas.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Grenache (Noir) 

This hardy grape is resistant to drought, wind, and sun, and it is typically blended with Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In South Africa, Grenache Noir vineyards are spread across all wine-producing regions, with more than half of them located in Swartland and Paarl.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Merlot 

A variety that ripens early, it is traditionally used to impart softness and body to Cabernet Sauvignon. The planting of this good red wine variety is on the rise, particularly in the Stellenbosch and Paarl regions.

Merlot Grapes

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Mourvèdre 

Hailing from Spain, where it’s known as Monastrell, this variety lends its spicy notes to blends, particularly with Shiraz. Although planted across all production regions except the Northern Cape, over half of the total area under cultivation is found in Swartland and Paarl.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Muscadel 

Known for producing a widely enjoyed sweet red wine amongst types of red wine in South Africa, especially in the Little Karoo region of South Africa. This variety has very limited plantings in the country.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Petite Sirah (Durif) 

A cross between Peloursin and Syrah (Shiraz) from southern France, it yields densely fruited, tannic wines. The first commercial planting was established in 2004 in Paarl and most of this varietal is planted in the Breedekloof and Paarl areas.

Paarl Vineyards

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Petit Verdot 

An excellent variety, sparingly used in Bordeaux-style blends and can also be made into varietal wines. The variety is grown in all the wine production regions of the country, with Stellenbosch having the largest area under production, followed by Paarl and Robertson.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Pinotage 

It combines the refined attributes of Pinot Noir with the robustness of Cinsaut and is exclusive to South Africa. It produces complex and fruity wines that age well. The term ‘Cape blend’ often refers to a red blend where Pinotage constitutes 30 to 70 percent of the wine. Pinotage is most widely planted in the regions of Swartland/Darling, Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Wellington. Other regions with significant plantings of this good wine include Breedekloof, Worcester, Olifants River, and Robertson.

types of red wine in South Africa - Pinotage Sign

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Pinot Noir

These wines are typically lighter in colour amongst types of red wine in South Africa, with distinctive vegetal flavours and aromas. The regions best suited for this varietal in South Africa are Walker Bay, particularly the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and Elgin, thanks to their favourable cooling ocean influences and altitude.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Ruby Cabernet 

Developed in 1936 by Dr. Harold Olmo from the University of California through a cross between Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, this high-yielding variety thrives in warmer climates. This variety is capable of yielding wines with vibrant hues and a delightful cherry taste; however, it is predominantly used in blends for large-scale, commercial wine production.

Sommelier pouring red wine

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Shiraz 

This prestigious French-origin variety, also known as Syrah, has seen significant growth in local plantings under South African wine types. Produced in various styles locally, it creates wines that are a deep purple colour, with smoky and spicy notes that evolve in complexity as they mature. Its vineyards span across all South African wine-producing regions, each exhibiting distinct flavour profiles.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Tinta Barocca

This Portuguese grape variety yields earthy, organic red wines and port-style wines and is excellent for blending as one of the types of red wine in South Africa. The largest plantations are found in the Swartland, Little Karoo, and Stellenbosch regions.

types of red wine in South Africa - Stellenbosch Vineyards with Mountain in the Background

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Touriga Nacional 

As the finest variety for port and one of the oldest cultivars in Portugal’s Douro region, it produces varietal wines with a very dark colour and a potent ripe berry character, typically around 13% alcohol content. It’s grown in the Klein Karoo and Swartland areas of South Africa.

HER Wines Red Wines 

With so many different types of red wine in South Africa with so many different red wine names, it can be challenging to know where to start. Here are two of the top South African wines to try:

HER Wines Pinotage

The 2022 Pinotage from HER Wine Collection charms wine enthusiasts with its rich, ripe red berry flavours, amplified by aromatic spicy notes. Its medium-bodied structure is marked by soft, velvety tannins that amplify the richness of the succulent fruit tastes.

Types of red wine in South Africa - HER Pinotage

HER Wines Shiraz

The 2022 Shiraz from HER Wine Collection masterfully blends dark berry flavours with hints of vanilla and spice, creating a captivating wine. This medium-bodied red, which leaves a memorable mark on the taste buds, is considered one of South Africa’s premier red wines.

Types of red wine in South Africa - HER Shiraz

HER Wines Bursary

At the HER Wine Collection, our extraordinary all-women team deeply understands the hurdles one can face while striving for career success. We empathise with the challenges young individuals encounter as they carve their unique paths in life, which fuels our passion to lend a helping hand. This commitment is manifested through our initiative to allocate 2% of our profits towards a bursary fund. The aim of this fund is to cultivate the dreams of ambitious youths and empower them to make their aspirations a reality.

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Our exclusive scholarship is solely accessible to candidates from families working in the vineyards that supply the grapes for the HER Wine Collection, including our two types of red wine in South Africa. The lucky recipients will not only receive financial support for their education but also benefit from priceless mentorship to help them steer through the intricacies of higher education and embark on a fulfilling career path.

Purchase HER Wines

Our distinguished good South African wine is readily available for purchase from our online store on our website, at your local Woolworths store or via Woolworths online, along with other retail outlets across the country. 

Contact HER Wines

Keep yourself in the loop with all the newest happenings and wine specials at the HER Wine Collection by following us on Instagram and Facebook. For additional information or questions about our two types of red wine in South Africa, feel free to write to us at  info@herwinecollection.co.za or reach out to us at 021 873 3170.

The Art of Tasting Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

The Art of Tasting Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

Tasting wine is an experience that can be both enjoyable and intimidating for beginners, yet with so many different types of wine, flavours, and techniques, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But fear not; with a little knowledge and practice, anyone can become a wine tasting pro.

In this beginner’s guide, we’ll cover the basics of tasting wine, including techniques, terminology, and what to wear to a wine tasting. So grab a glass, and let’s dive into the interesting art of tasting wine.

Tasting Wine: 5 Techniques

Group of People Tasting Wine

Before we get into the specifics of tasting wine, it’s important to understand the basic techniques, as these techniques will help you fully experience the wine and pick up on its unique flavours and characteristics.

1. Observe the Colour When Tasting Wine

Begin your wine tasting journey by first observing the appearance of the wine. Gently lift the glass towards the light and pay close attention to its colour and clarity. Red wines span a spectrum of hues, from delicate ruby to rich purple, showcasing a diverse range of shades. 

White wines, on the other hand, encompass a variety of tones, ranging from subtle pale yellow to lustrous golden, offering a wide array of colours to appreciate. The colour of the wine can give you an indication of the wine’s age and grape variety.

2. Swirl the Wine

Next, gently swirl the wine in your glass. This helps to release the wine’s aromas and flavours. Swirling also coats the inside of the glass, allowing you to see the “legs” of the wine. These are the droplets that form on the side of the glass and can indicate the wine’s body and alcohol content.

Man Swirling

3. Smell the Wine When Tasting Wine

After swirling, take a deep sniff of the wine. The aroma can give you a sense of the wine’s complexity and flavours. Try to identify any specific scents, such as fruits, spices, or oak.

4. Sip the Wine When Tasting Wine

Take a small sip of the wine and let it sit on your tongue for a few seconds. This allows the wine to coat your mouth and for you to pick up on its flavours and body. Swish the wine around in your mouth before swallowing or spitting it out into a spittoon.

Woman Sipping on Wine

5. Savour the Aftertaste When Tasting Wine

After swallowing, take note of the wine’s aftertaste or finish. Does it linger on your palate or disappear quickly? This can give you an indication of the wine’s quality and complexity.

Tasting Wine: Terminology

When it comes to tasting wine, there are a few key wine tasting terms that you should know, as these terms can help you better understand and describe the wine you are tasting:

Acidity

When tasting wine, you may notice a tingling sensation at the back of your throat, which stimulates salivation. This sensation is caused by the presence of acids in the wine, which enhance its taste. The longer your mouth waters, the higher the acidity of the wine.

Balanced

A balanced wine is one in which the fruit, alcohol, and acidity are in perfect harmony, with no single element overpowering the others.

Body

Wine body refers to the fullness and texture of the wine in the mouth. Full-bodied wines have a rich and robust taste, often with higher alcohol content, while wines with a lighter body feel more delicate on the palate.

Sommelier Pouring

Bold

Bold wines are characterised by their intense and pronounced flavours, often dominated by fruity notes, while elegant wines, on the other hand, are more subtle and refined in taste.

Bouquet

The bouquet of a wine refers to its aroma or smell. When tasting wine, you may encounter bouquets that are reminiscent of fruits, spices, flowers, herbs, earth, or other elements.

Man Smelling

Complexity

Complexity refers to the different layers of flavours and aromas in a wine. A complex wine will have multiple flavours and aromas that evolve and change as you taste it.

Notes

Wine notes are the specific flavours and aromas that you can pick up on while tasting the wine. These can range from fruits and spices to more unique notes like leather or tobacco.

Woman Tasting White Wine

Variety

The term grape variety refers to the specific type of grape, akin to the scientific species, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Varietal

The term varietal is applied to wines crafted solely from one grape type or heavily influenced by one type of grape. Some wine varietals include Shiraz, Pinotage, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

For example, a wine that contains 85% Chardonnay is classified as a Chardonnay varietal despite the fact that the other 15% is composed of different elements.

Tasting Wine: Flavours and Complexity

One of the most exciting aspects of tasting wine is discovering the different wine flavours and wine complexity of each wine. Here are a few common flavours and characteristics that you may encounter while tasting wine:

  • Fruits: Wines can have a range of fruit flavours, from citrus and berries to tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.
  • Spices: Some wines may have hints of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or black pepper.
  • Oak: Wines aged in oak barrels may have notes of vanilla, caramel, or toast.
  • Tannins: Tannins are compounds found in grape skins and can give the wine a bitter or astringent taste. They can also add structure and complexity to the wine.
  • Acidity: Acidity is a crucial component of wine and can give it a crisp, refreshing taste.
  • Sweetness: Wines can range from bone-dry to very sweet, depending on the amount of residual sugar left in the wine.
Tasting Wine Varietals

Tasting Wine: Tips for Beginners

Here are a few additional tips to help you get the most out of your wine tasting experience:

  • Start with lighter wines and work your way up to heavier, more complex wines.
  • Take breaks between tastings to cleanse your palate with water or crackers.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for recommendations from the tasting room staff.
  • Take notes on the wines you taste to help you remember your favourites.
  • Don’t feel pressured to finish every wine you taste. It’s okay to spit or pour out wine you don’t enjoy into a dump bucket.

What To Wear When Tasting Wine

Tasting Wine - Group of Friends Cheersing

Have you been wondering what you should wear when tasting wine at a venue or of there are specific wine tasting outfits? While there is no specific dress code for wine tasting, it’s important to wear something that you are comfortable in, that is suitable for the weather, and also for the type of wine farm you are visiting. Some boutique farms might be quite casual, while some upmarket wine farms could require a more formal clothing choice. Here are some wine tasting outfit ideas if you are stuck on what to wear.

Here are a few tips for what to wear to a wine tasting at any wine farm:

  • Avoid strong perfumes or colognes, as they can interfere with your ability to smell and taste the wine.
  • Opt for comfortable shoes, as you may be standing for long periods of time.
  • Dress in layers, as wine tasting rooms can be cool.
  • Avoid wearing white or light-coloured clothing, as spills and stains are common during wine tastings.

Tasting Wine: Events and Tours

If you’re looking to expand your experience of tasting wine, consider attending a wine tasting in Cape Town perhaps consider joining one or two wine tasting tours in Cape Town, many of which offer transport so you can enjoy the day freely. These events often feature a variety of wines from the area and can be a great way to discover new favourites.

Some of the best wine tastings in Cape Town offer tours of their vineyards and production facilities, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process. These tours often include tastings and can be a fun and educational experience for wine lovers. Many wineries also offer add-ons to their wine tasting, such as delicious wine and chocolate tasting, which helps to bring out more of the different flavours of the wines. If you would like to find a wine tasting venue or a tour, simply search ‘wine tasting near me’ online.

HER Wine Collective

The HER Wine Collection stands as a pioneering force in South Africa’s wine industry. As the first enterprise completely owned and operated by black women, we take immense pride in every aspect of our journey. From tending to the vineyards to crafting exquisite bottles and overseeing production, marketing, and distribution, it’s all handled with love and dedication by black women. We deeply value the power of exchanging ideas, motivating one another, and fostering stronger connections within South Africa’s beautifully diverse communities.

Her Wine Shiraz being poured

HER Bursary

At the HER Wine Collection, our team of extraordinary women understands the obstacles on the path to professional success. We empathise with the challenges young individuals face in forging their own way in the world, which fuels our passion to lend a hand up. That’s why we have committed to donating 2% of our profits to a bursary fund aimed at nurturing the dreams of ambitious young minds and empowering them to transform their aspirations into reality.

Our remarkable scholarship is exclusively available to applicants from families working on the vineyards that supply grapes for the HER Wine Collection. Chosen recipients will not only receive financial assistance for their education but also benefit from invaluable mentorship, guiding them through the intricacies of tertiary studies and the pursuit of a fulfilling career. 

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Wine Bottle Aesthetics: Shapes, Colours & Sizes Explained

Wine Bottle Aesthetics: Shapes, Colours & Sizes Explained

There is an art and a science in the design of a wine bottle. Its shape, size, and colour play crucial roles beyond just aesthetics. Each element tells a story about the wine it holds, offering clues about its origin, grape variety, and even how it might taste.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the fascinating world of wine bottle aesthetics, diving into the relationship between bottle shapes and different grapes, understanding the five main bottle shapes, learning about various bottle sizes, and finally, unveiling the significance of different wine bottle colours. This guide promises to deepen your appreciation for the wine bottle as more than just a vessel but a symbol of the rich tapestry that is winemaking.

The Importance of Wine Packaging

Before we look into the specifics of wine bottle aesthetics, it’s essential to understand why packaging is crucial for wine sales when you bottle wine.

Attracting Consumers with a Wine Bottle

Wine Bottle - Bottles of Wine

In a crowded market which is filled with thousands of bottles of wine, the packaging of a bottle of wine can be the deciding factor for consumers when choosing which bottle to take home. A visually appealing bottle can catch the eye and stand out among the competition, making it more likely to be picked up and purchased.

Setting the Tone with a Wine Bottle

The packaging of a wine bottle can also set the tone for the overall wine experience. A sleek and modern bottle may suggest a more refined and sophisticated taste, while a playful and colourful design may indicate a more casual and fun drinking experience.

Reflecting Brand Identity with a Wine Bottle

Wine packaging is also an opportunity for wineries to showcase their brand identity and values. The design of the bottle can convey a sense of tradition, luxury, or innovation, depending on the target audience and brand messaging.

The 5 Principle Wine Bottle Shapes

When it comes to wine bottle aesthetics, the shape of the bottle can hold significant importance as different wine bottle shapes are not only visually appealing but serve functional purposes as well. 

Let’s explore the five main wine bottle shapes:

1. Bordeaux Wine Bottle

The Bordeaux bottle is the most common and recognisable wine bottle shape. One defining feature of it is its straight sides and high shoulders. This shape is often used for a red wine bottle, especially those from the Bordeaux region of France; however, it can also be used for white wines, and these bottles fit well into any wine holder.

Wine Bottle - Bordeaux

The high shoulders of the Bordeaux bottle serve a functional purpose. They allow for the build-up of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, making it ideal for wines that require ageing. The straight sides also make it much easier to stack and store the bottles.

2. Burgundy Wine Bottle

The Burgundy bottle is similar to the Bordeaux bottle in shape but has sloping shoulders and a wider body. This shape is primarily used for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from the Burgundy region of France.

The sloping shoulders of the Burgundy bottle make it easier to pour the wine, as it allows for a smoother flow. The wider body also provides more surface area for the wine to come into contact with the cork, aiding in the ageing process.

3. Rhône Wine Bottle

The Rhône bottle is specifically designed for wines from the Rhône Valley in France. It is characterised by its broad shoulders and straight sides, similar to the Bordeaux bottle. However, the Rhône bottle is typically shorter and squatter in shape.

The Rhône bottle shape is ideal for wines that are meant to be consumed at a younger age. It allows for more compact storage and is often used for red wines such as Syrah and Grenache.

4. Champagne Wine Bottle

The Champagne bottle, also known as the sparkling wine bottle, is distinct with its deep punt (the indentation at the bottom of the bottle) and thick glass. This shape is specifically designed for sparkling wines, including Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava.

Man Opening Up Champagne

The deep punt of the Champagne bottle serves a functional purpose by withstanding the pressure of the sparkling wine. Additionally, the thick glass helps to maintain the temperature of the wine during storage and transportation, ensuring that the wine stays crisp and refreshing.

5. Alsace or Rhine Wine Bottle

The Alsace or Rhine bottle, also known as the Hock bottle, is tall and slender with a long neck. This shape is primarily used for white wines, particularly Riesling and Gewürztraminer, from the Alsace region in France or the Rhine region in Germany.

The long neck of the Alsace or Rhine bottle serves a functional purpose by catching sediment and preventing it from being poured into the glass. The tall and slender shape also helps to preserve the delicate aromas and flavours of the white wines.

Wine Bottle Shapes: Trends & Tradition

The preference for different bottle shapes in the wine industry is not entirely dictated by strict rules, but we can observe some trends and historical influences that provide insights into the connection between bottle shapes and the grapes used in the wine, as well as their geographical origins.

Generally, the shape of a wine bottle is often associated with the specific grape varieties used in the wine and the regions where those grapes are primarily cultivated. For instance, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are often found in the classic Burgundy-shaped bottles, reflecting their origins in the Burgundy region of France. 

Bartender Pouring

Similarly, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc grapes are typically sold in Bordeaux bottles, as these varietals are closely associated with the Bordeaux region.

The reasons behind the use of different bottle shapes in various regions remain a subject of debate among wine enthusiasts, and no definitive conclusion has been reached. It has been speculated that in the past, wines produced in specific regions would have largely stayed within those regions and been primarily consumed by local residents and taverns. This may have led to the development of distinct bottle shapes in each region, making it easier for local wineries to establish a recognisable identity for their products.

The Wine Bottle: Maintaining Traditions 

As the wine industry expanded into the New World, wineries often adhered to the traditional bottle shapes of the Old World. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon produced in 20th century California would have been bottled in a similar fashion to its counterpart from 18th century France. This continuity in bottle shapes across different regions and time periods can be attributed to the industry’s adherence to established practices and the desire to maintain a sense of tradition.

In summary, while wine bottle dimensions and shapes and their association with different grape varieties and regions may not have definitive explanations, they do reflect the historical influences, regional identities, and adherence to traditional practices within the wine industry.

Wine Bottle Colours

The colour of the glass used for wine bottles is a crucial consideration for winemakers, as it serves multiple purposes and can have a significant impact on the wine. 

Here are some reasons why the colour of a wine bottle is so important:

Traditional European Uses

Many winemakers adhere to traditional practices and choose glass colours based on regional traditions. For instance, if a winemaker is producing Cabernet Sauvignon in California, they might choose a bottle that reflects the European counterpart, such as Bordeaux. This can serve as an effective marketing tool, connecting consumers to the inspiration behind the wine. Glass colours associated with countries like France and Germany are often referenced when following traditional practices.

Bottle Colors

Marketing

Glass colour selection can also be influenced by visual aesthetics, design, and packaging. Some winemakers choose bottle colours that complement their label design or align with their marketing goals. Occasionally, even blue bottles can be seen in the market. Marketing considerations play a role in the decision-making process, as presentation and sales are important aspects of the wine business.

Wine Integrity

One of the most critical factors influencing glass colour choice is the integrity of the wine. Winemakers must consider whether to use a clear bottle that displays the wine’s colour or a dark bottle that provides UV protection. Sunlight and fluorescent light can negatively impact wine, resulting in light struck flavours. Clear glass allows more light to pass through and can increase the risk of light damage. Darker glass provides better UV protection, safeguarding the wine from light-related off-flavours.

4 Common Wine Bottle Colours

Here are the most common wine bottle colours and their meanings:

1. Clear/Flint Wine Bottle

Clear wine bottles are often associated with white wines, as they allow the colour of the wine to be seen. They can also be used for rosé and sparkling wines.

Clear bottles can convey a sense of freshness and purity, making them a popular choice for young, crisp white wines. They may, however, not be suitable for wines that require ageing, as they do not provide protection from UV light.

2. Green Wine Bottle

Green wine bottles are most commonly used for white wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. They can also be used for red wines, such as Pinot Noir.

Green bottles are often associated with traditional winemaking and can convey a sense of quality and sophistication. They also provide some protection from UV light, making them suitable for wines that require ageing.

Sauvignon Blanc in Hands

3. Amber/Brown Wine Bottle

Brown wine bottles are most commonly used for red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They can also be used for white wines, such as Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Brown bottles are often associated with premium wines and can convey a sense of luxury and elegance. They provide the most protection from UV light, making them ideal for wines that require ageing.

Chenin Blanc and Glass

4. Blue Wine Bottle

Blue wine bottles are not as common as other colours but are often used for white wines, particularly Riesling and Chardonnay. They can also be used for rosé and sparkling wines.

Blue bottles can convey a sense of freshness and uniqueness, making them a popular choice for young, crisp white wines. As they unfortunately do not provide protection from UV light, they are not suitable for wines that require ageing.

Wine Bottle Sizes

Wine and Champagne are bottled in various sizes, offering options for different occasions. While the standard wine bottle size is 750ml, there are several other sizes available that cater to specific needs. 

It also begs the question, “How many glasses of wine in a bottle?”. A standard 750ml bottle of wine contains about 5 glasses of wine, so it becomes quite simple to work out the number of glasses in the bigger bottles by multiplying the glasses by the bottle sizes.

Split (187.5ml)

The Split size, one of the small wine bottles, is commonly used for single glasses of Champagne. Equivalent to 187.5ml, it is also known as “Piccolo” in Italian.

Half (375ml)

The Half bottle holds half the size of a standard wine bottle, with a capacity of 375ml. Referred to as “Demi” in France, it is a convenient option for smaller servings.

Standard (750ml)

The Standard wine bottle size, with a capacity of 750ml, is the universal size for most wines around the world. It is the bottle size commonly found in wine merchants and supermarkets.

Magnum (1.5L)

The Magnum bottle size is equivalent to double the standard bottle, holding 1.5L of wine. It is often chosen for ageing wines or special occasions.

Variation of Bottle Sizes

Double Magnum/Jeroboam (3.0L)

The Double Magnum, also known as Jeroboam, holds 3.0L of wine. It is equivalent to two Magnums or four standard bottles, making it ideal for larger gatherings or collectors.

Rehoboam (4.5L)

The Rehoboam is a big bottle of wine that holds 4.5L of wine, equivalent to six standard bottles. It is a great choice for festive occasions and larger gatherings.

Imperial (6.0L)

The Imperial is an impressive bottle size, holding 6.0L of wine. It is equal to eight standard bottles or two Double Magnums. The Imperial is often associated with celebrations and special events.

Salmanazar (9.0L)

The Salmanazar bottle size holds 9.0L of wine, which is equivalent to twelve standard bottles. It is a rare find and adds grandeur to significant celebrations.

Balthazar (12.0L)

The Balthazar bottle size holds 12.0L of wine, equal to sixteen standard bottles or two Imperials. It is a rare and impressive size, often reserved for special occasions and collectors.

Nebuchadnezzar (15.0L)

The Nebuchadnezzar is the pinnacle of wine bottle sizes, holding an astounding 15.0L of wine. It is equivalent to twenty standard bottles and is reserved for exceptional celebrations and events.

The HER Wine Collective

As a groundbreaking presence in South Africa’s wine industry, the HER Wine Collection proudly stands as the first enterprise fully owned and operated by black women. Every step of our remarkable journey, from tending to the vineyards to crafting exceptional bottles and overseeing production, marketing, and distribution, is driven by the love and dedication of black women. We deeply understand the significance of exchanging ideas, motivating one another, and building stronger connections within South Africa’s wonderfully diverse communities.

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HER Bursary

At the HER Wine Collection, our extraordinary team of women understands the hurdles encountered on the path to professional success. We empathise with the challenges faced by young individuals striving to forge their own paths, which fuels our passionate commitment to offering a hand up. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to donating 2% of our profits to a bursary fund aimed at nurturing the dreams of ambitious young minds and empowering them to transform their aspirations into tangible reality.

Our exceptional scholarship is exclusively available to applicants from families working on the vineyards that supply grapes for the HER Wine Collection. Chosen recipients will receive not only financial assistance for their education but also invaluable mentorship, guiding them through the intricacies of tertiary studies and supporting their pursuit of a fulfilling career. Together, we can create a brighter, better future.

Buy HER Wines

Indulging in our exquisite wines is easily accessible, as they are available for purchase at various retailers throughout the country, including Woolworths stores or Woolworths online

Stay up-to-date with all the latest happenings at the HER Wine Collection by joining us on Instagram and Facebook. For additional information or inquiries regarding our exceptional wines or to buy a wine bottle, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at info@herwinecollection.co.za or call us at 021 873 3170

How To Unlock the Potential in Every Bottle of Wine

How To Unlock the Potential in Every Bottle of Wine

Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a budding enthusiast, every bottle of wine holds the promise of an extraordinary experience. In this blog, we delve into the fascinating world of wine with a focus on unlocking its full potential. We will share some insider knowledge and handy tips to help you discover the hidden depths within each wine bottle, from the proper storage conditions to handy gadgets and understanding how to taste wine correctly.

Getting The Most Out of Your Bottle of Wine: 5 Tips and Tricks

1. Age Your Wine

Just as we evolve, mature, and improve with age, so does wine. The colour, aroma, taste, and feel of wine all transform over time. Of course, only some readers may have a wine cellar at their disposal, but fortunately, you don’t need one to store and age wine well.

Here are some key considerations when ageing and storing wine at home:

  • Ideal Temperature Ageing Bottle of Wine: Maintain a temperature between 11-14˚c for your wine. Cooler temperatures might dry out the cork, while warmer ones can hasten the ageing process.
  • Light and Your Bottle of Wine: Keep your wine away from direct sunlight to prevent it from going stale prematurely.
  • Positioning The Bottle of Wine: If possible, store your wine horizontally to avoid air leakage into the bottle that could cause premature oxidation.
  • Avoid Disturbances: Minimise disturbances to your bottle of wine. Vibrations can agitate the tannins, which isn’t ideal for long-term ageing.
  • Location Location Location: Avoid storing wine in the kitchen or garage, as these areas experience significant variables in temperature, sunlight, and humidity.
Personal Wine Cellar

Once you’ve identified the perfect spot to store your wine at home, age your wine for approximately two to three years; after this amount of time, you can expect some changes in its flavour profile as it ages. Younger wines usually exhibit more floral and vibrant fruit flavours like black cherry, currant, and boysenberry. In contrast, older wines often develop more savoury, earthy tones like cedar, leather, and autumn leaves.

Ideally, ask the winemaker how long to age the wine as different wines have different ageing potentials. Depending on many factors, some wines shouldn’t be aged longer than 3 years, but some wines can be aged for up to 50 years or more.

2. Aerators: What Do They Do to Your Bottle of Wine?

An aerator serves the purpose of oxygenating a glass of wine to enhance its flavour and aroma. For instance, if a bottle of nice red wine promises notes of cherry, cloves and blackberry, an aerator can accentuate these flavours. It can also mellow particular tastes in the wine, making it more enjoyable.

Wine Aerator

Given that most wine buyers will drink their purchases within months, if not weeks or days, and may not be interested in or have time for wine ageing, an aerator could be pretty helpful. It can reveal the subtleties of certain flavours that would otherwise take years to emerge.

3. Let Your Bottle of Wine Breathe With a Decanter

The process of allowing a wine to breathe varies depending on the wine’s age and how long ago it was bottled. A wine that is less than three years old typically requires little to no breathing time. On the other hand, a wine that’s a decade or older would benefit from an hour of exposure to air.

In terms of letting your wine breathe, you could simply uncork a bottle and let it stand for an hour. If you wish to reduce this time, pouring it into a decanter will expose the wine to more air and surface area. Every wine can benefit from some breathing time. Allowing wine to breathe amplifies its aromatic profile, thereby enhancing your sensory experience.

Pouring Wine into a Decanter

4. Use the Correct Wine Glass for the Bottle of Wine

Red wine glasses are typically taller and have larger bowls compared to white wine glasses. This design encourages more contact between the wine and oxygen. Since red wine often needs more time to ‘open up’, a bigger bowl provides more surface area for the wine to breathe, thus releasing its aroma and flavours.

In contrast, white wine glasses are usually shorter and have smaller bowls compared to red wine glasses. This design brings the wine closer to your nose since the aromas of white wines are generally subtler.

5. Tasting Tips for Your Bottle of Wine

Step 1: On The Nose

It might be challenging initially to look beyond the vinous aroma, but a helpful method is to switch between brief, sharp sniffs and slow, lengthy inhalations. Have a look at the tasting notes and see if you can detect the aromas mentioned by the winemaker.

Bottle of wine - Wine on the Nose

Step 2: Master the Swirl

Swirling wine actually amplifies the release of aromatic compounds into the air. Consider watching a quick tutorial on how to swirl wine properly. Also, pay attention to the legs (the lines that appear on the glass after swirling) as they are an indication of the alcohol or sugar content of the wine and indicate a fuller-bodied or richer textured wine.

Step 3: Discover More Tastes During Sampling Your Bottle of Wine

Consider taking a large sip of wine initially, followed by several smaller ones. This allows you to identify and distinguish flavours. Concentrate on one taste at a time. Always start with broad flavour categories before narrowing down to specific ones, for example, transitioning from the broad category of black fruits to more specific flavours like dark plum, roasted mulberry, or jammy blackberry.

Bottle of Wine: Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Glasses of Wine in a Bottle?

Wine bottle sizes and wine bottle dimensions can differ quite a bit. A typical wine bottle holds 750ml and provides approximately 5 glasses of wine, while a magnum wine bottle, a big bottle of wine) contains 1.5l (twice the size of a standard bottle), offering around 10 glasses of wine.

Cheersing Together

How Many Calories in a Bottle of Red Wine?

A standard bottle of wine contains 5 glasses, and a big bottle (magnum) would then contain 10 glasses of wine. If one glass of wine contains about 133 calories, then a standard bottle of wine would contain about 665 calories, double that in a magnum wine bottle.

What is the Average Alcohol Content in a Bottle of Red Wine?

Red wine alcohol percentage typically ranges from 12% to 15%, averaging around 13.5% ABV. This is generally higher than what you’ll find in white wines. Red wine grapes are often picked late in the harvest season, which means they contain more sugar than the grapes used for white wines. As a result, during fermentation, these sugars translate into a higher alcohol concentration in the red wine bottle.

HER Wine Collective

HER Wines is a pioneering wine enterprise that stands out in the South African wine industry for its all-black, all-female team. The entire journey of the wine, from vineyard to winemaking to bottling, marketing and distribution, is managed by an exceptional team of black women. Our incredible team values the sharing of knowledge, mutual inspiration, and building relationships within the varied communities of South Africa.

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HER WINES: Wines Available

HER Wine Collection Pinotage 2022: Leaves a lasting impression on the palate with its luscious, mature red berry flavours and fragrant, spicy undertones. This medium-bodied wine is characterised by its silky tannins. The ageing potential for our Pinotage is 1-5 years from the year of vintage.

HER Wine Collection Shiraz 2022: Featuring a blend of deep dark berry flavours and nuances of vanilla and spice, resulting in a captivating, complex wine. This medium-bodied offering possesses depth and leaves a long-lasting impression on the palate. Ageing potential for this wine is 1-5 years from the year of vintage.

HER Wine Sauvignon Blanc 2023: A fruity, zesty crowd-pleaser with flavours of passion fruit, pineapple and lemon and is best served chilled. Ageing potential for this bottle of wine is within 1 year from the year of vintage.

HER Wine Chenin Blanc 2023 is a bold, flavourful wine with tropical fruit aromas and flavours of yellow apple, green melon and white pear that’s guaranteed to delight and impress. Ageing potential for our Chein Blanc is 1-3 years after the year of vintage.