One of the iconic SA red wines, one that many of us first cut our wine teeth on is the famous Chateau Libertas. It seems as if it has always been with us– so it isn’t surprising to note that this is the 90th anniversary of this champion! A smooth drinking red blend, it never fails to please.

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To mark its good health and longevity, the cellar has issued a 90th anniversary, limited-edition 2021 vintage bottling in both magnums and 750ml standard size. The once-off blend, sourced from top-performing Stellenbosch vineyards, honours an important man in the brand’s history, the late Duimpie (Francis Carr) Bayly.

Duimpie Bayly

 

A doyen of South African wine, Bayly was closely involved with Chateau Libertas for 60 years, from the early 1960s until his death in 2021. From the viticultural to the winemaking and technical expertise he imparted, he helped entrench the blend’s status as a fine-quality, smooth-drinking, outstanding value red with a remarkable ability to age.

 

Proceeds from the sale will go towards a planned memorial centre at the University of Stellenbosch.  Intended to mark Bayly’s role in South African wine, along with the contribution of other wine luminaries, it will also acknowledge many of the country’s previously unsung wine heroes.

Cabernet grapes on the vine

 

The Cabernet Sauvignon that leads the blend came from Bottelary Hills and Jonkershoek vines grown in deep red clay soils. The Cinsault grapes were harvested from a 28-year-old bush vine vineyard in Koelenhof. Each vineyard block was individually vinified, with the Cabernet Sauvignon aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels for 8 to 12 months. The Cinsault was fermented and matured in concrete tanks.

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The 2021 Chateau Libertas wine brims with blackcurrant, cherry, and wood spice on the nose and the palate and is available exclusively from www.vinoteque.co.za, the 750ml version retails for R450, while the magnums sell for R900 per bottle.