The new star

When the people at Nederburg launch a new red wine they aren’t kidding around. Makers of some of the finest red wines in SA—indeed in the world—it is always an event.

The newest creation was launched at a spectacular lunch under the venerable oaks in front of their Manor House on a perfect Autumn Day.


Nederburg Manor House

Nederburg’s exciting new Double Barrel Reserve is a Bordeaux-style wine with a special new touch. It brings together the winery’s hallmark Cabernet Sauvignon in classic combination with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. What makes that deliciously proportioned blend stand apart, though, lies in the detail of the maturation of its components.

In all its glory

“Each of the five varieties was individually vinified and that included their ageing in contact with French oak for 12 months,” explains red winemaker, Zinaschke Steyn. “However, the Merlot portion was taken from barrel after nine months, then blended and returned to barrel for a further three months of maturation. All components were then combined to achieve what we believe is a beautifully balanced whole. Call this double barrel process a small detail, but it delivers a significant impact. It has turned a terrifically juicy, succulent and appetising wine into one with the finest grained silky texture and a thrilling richness and depth.”

Think sun-ripened blueberries and juicy cherries on the nose and in the mouth, even a grape or two—a worthy addition to Nederburg’s famous slate. Available all over at about R115 a bottle—