Welgegund, meaning ‘well-bestowed’, is the perfect title for this heritage estate nestled at the foot of the magnificent Hawequa mountains at the end of an oak-lined cul-de-sac in Wellington. Visitors don’t have to venture far to experience the fruits of its blessings: a place of natural beauty, heritage buildings dating back to the early 1800’s, ancient dryland bush vines and a unique fingerprint of terroir and climate.The ancient, decomposed granite of the foothills yields vines that produce intensely flavoured fruit ideal for creating the very best wines. The breezes funnelling down the valley from the Bains Kloof Pass moderate the extremes of the climate and the old dryland bush vines offer extremely low yields of fruit (average of 2,4 tons per hectare) with exceptional concentration. With quality the bedrock, the focus is on growing cultivars uniquely suited to the farm, namely Rhône-style varieties.
“At Welgegund Heritage Wines we only bottle our premium high-end wines in great years”, says winemaker, Friedrich Kühne. “‘Well-bestowed’ takes on a new meaning at Welgegund when we are blessed with excellent vintages, when our climate and terroir come together perfectly to produce exceptional wines.”
2019 proved to be an outstanding vintage which saw the maiden releases of Welgegund’s single vineyard Cinsault and Grenache Noir (in bold new contemporary packaging with classic wax seals), as well as their popular barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc, honoured with impressive ratings in both Tim Atkin’s South Africa Special Report as well as Platter’s 2020 Wine Guide.
CHENIN BLANC 2019
Tasting Notes: Clear medium lemon in colour, the nose shows beautiful layers of candied citrus, lime and lemon, ripe pear, quince, fresh peach, and honeysuckle- even a grape or two. The palate is soft and elegant and finishes with a salty minerality and a touch of nuttiness.Serving Suggestions: Serve with roast duck confit and orange sauce. Also delicious with crayfish, langoustines, sushi and line fish carpaccio or gnocchi with green peas and almonds.Only available from the estate and their website’s online shop for R287,50 per bottle (VAT inclusive).
To shop go to https://welgegund.co.za/wines/
Awards: Gold Medal at the 2020 Veritas Awards.
Tasting Notes: Clear and bright in colour with a fresh purple hue, the nose shows an assortment of aromas such as blackcurrant, and other dark berry characteristics. The palate is soft and elegant. The tannins are soft with well-integrated fresh acidity.Serving Suggestions: Serve a touch cooler than your usual red wines and enjoy with a beef fillet or game with cranberry sauce, seared tuna or a mushroom risotto.R373,75 per bottle (VAT inclusive
GRENACHE NOIR 2019
Tasting Notes: Bright and exuberant in colour with light violet hues, the nose shows an abundance of fresh cranberries and raspberries with a touch of floral and fennel notes. The palate is soft and refined. Smooth well-integrated tannins lead to a beautifully round and lingering finish.Serving Suggestions: Serve a touch cooler than your usual red wine and enjoy it with a charcuterie board, salmon, game carpaccio or a smoked mussel pot. As a dessert try a salty dark chocolate fondant with a red berry coulis.R373,75 per bottle (VAT inclusiv