Neethlingshof is perhaps the oldest wine estate in Stellenbosch. Grapes have been grown on Neethlingshof for more than 300 years or within 50 years of the Dutch East-India Company establishing a victualing station at the Cape to supply its passing ships.
The grapes were individually aged in new 300-litre French oak barrels for a period of eight months after which it was blended. Clear, luminous with green tints. Aromas of citrus and flowers (violets) with spicy undertones of aniseed and cloves. Youthful but full on taste with a complex mouth-feel and long aftertaste. Ready to enjoy now or can be matured for another two to three years if correctly cellared 13.5% South Africa, Stellenbosch
Six Flowers, a white blend of Chardonnay (30%), Chenin Blanc (23%), Sauvignon Blanc (20%), Viognier (15%), Gewurztraminer (7%) and Weisser Riesling (5%), highlights the story of Maria Magdalena Marais, the resourceful and feisty young widow who took over the building of the estate’s manor house after the death of her husband, Charles, in 1813. The home was completed the following year and is now a national monument. As a tribute to her children she personally created and placed six flowers representing her five children and herself in the Manor House’s gables. Still relevant today, these six flowers represent the current generation’s restoration of renosterveld vegetation that was common among the vineyards in the 1800s.