Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fleur du Cap celebrates nature’s bounty with rich rewards

Fleur du Cap celebrates nature’s bounty with rich rewards  

The privilege of being able to source the best grapes from diverse vineyard sites and micro climates throughout the Western Cape, coupled with dedicated teamwork in the cellar, has made Fleur du Cap one of South Africa’s top performing wines, consistently reaping rewards at prestigious local and international competitions. 

Showing remarkable craftsmanship with a minimalist approach in producing worthy red, white and dessert wines, Fleur du Cap clinched no less than ten gold medals during 2013 and raked in an unprecedented 7th consecutive Platter 5-star rating.

“We stay ahead of the pack by sourcing the crème de la crème in grapes from terroirs spanning four Western Cape wine growing regions. The backing of a strong winemaking team, which includes winemakers Pieter Badenhorst and Wim Truter, and our viticulturist, Bennie Liebenberg, also makes this job so much easier,” says Andrea Freeborough, Cellarmaster at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch.

When asked to name her top Fleur du Cap wine, Andrea said: “I’ll always advise friends to try my favourite, the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2010 vintage did especially well in the awards stakes, whilst I consider its worthy peers to be the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2012 and Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Noble Late Harvest 2011.”

The fruit driven Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 won a Gold medal at the 20th Concours Mondial de Bruxelle, whilst British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, awarded this wine 92 points in his 2013 report on South African wines. Crafted at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch, this Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon is made in the classic, full-bodied Bordeaux style from three prized Stellenbosch vineyard blocks.

On the flip side, when it comes to white wines, Fleur du Cap performs equally well. Boasting Gold medals from both the International Wine and Spirits Competition and Sélections Mondiale des Vins Canada, the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2012 also made waves on the local front when it was selected as one of South Africa’s Top 10 in The Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2013. Blended from Stellenbosch, Somerset West and Robertson grapes, this full bodied wine captures the attention with eloquent citrus aromas and a hint of vanilla enhanced by layers of ripe tropical fruit.     

Fleur du Cap’s highly acclaimed Noble Late Harvest is certainly one of the country’s stand out dessert wines as the only wine ever to receive a 5-star rating for seven consecutive vintages from Platter’s South African Wine Guide. Whilst the latest 5-star stunner, the 2012 vintage, still has ample time to mellow, the current 2011 vintage continues to wow palates with its beautifully crafted balance between sweetness and acidity.

Winner of Regional Trophies at both the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards and the 2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards, the 2011 vintage belongs in any wine lover’s treasure chest.

Fleur du Cap wines are available at select fine dining restaurants, supermarkets and boutique wine stores or at the Fleur du Cap cellar door at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch. For more information visit, join the Fleur du Cap community on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @FleurduCapWines.