James Ochse and the concrete eggs

All three cultivars that comprise the blend for the 1707 White Reserve hail from a single grower, located in the Stellenbosch Kloof area. The wine is a delicious blend of Chardonnay (70%), Semillon and Viognier, with all the components being individually matured on the lees in French oak barrels for 10 months. The Chardonnay component was further rounded off in a concrete, egg-shaped wine tank. The tank mimics the form of ancient Greek and Roman amphorae and allows the contents to circulate evenly and smoothly, and so provide a more refined wine. The result is aromatic, elegant and voluptuous, a perfect foil for mussel soup, cheese, roast chicken and creamy light casseroles.

Doesn’t that look delicious?

“Our flagship, limited-edition 1707 White Reserve is a wine that consistently amasses top-level ratings for our winery,” says Stellenbosch Hills winemaker James Ochse. “It truly is a fitting ambassador of the sublime terroir of the Stellenbosch Kloof area, known for its ideal climate and fertile soils.”

So popular is the wine that it also enjoys support from loyal importers, mainly in the Netherlands, Russia and Japan. The wine is also exported to California of all places!

The 1707 White Reserve 2020 is available at most independent liquor stores and Stellenbosch Hills’ cellar door for R135.

For more information about Stellenbosch Hills, visit www.stellenbosch-hills.co.za; call 021 881 3828/9; or, email info@stellenbosch-hills.co.za.

SH Tasting room

The Stellenbosch Hills tasting room welcomes visitors again. It is open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00 and Saturday, 10:00 to 15:00. It is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Stellenbosch Hills is located at the intersection of the R310 and Vlottenburg Road, just outside Stellenbosch.