The wine range that celebrates the people of Weltevrede now boasts a new addition – the WELTEVREDE 1912 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon.
This newly-released 2015 vintage joins the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in the WELTEVREDE 1912 range. The range celebrates a tradition of more than 100 years of family wine-making at Weltevrede.
The 1912 range was born shortly after the estate celebrated its centenary of wine making. It was a time of reflection on what exactly it is that makes this patch of land so special. We came to the realisation that the terroir equation of the land included more than just ancient geology and specific climate.
The many generations of people who have lived on and worked this land for more than a century have also contributed to making the place and the wines unique. This wine honours these people, their hard work and values, their dreams, passions and preferences.
This is what we bottled as the WELTEVREDE 1912, the wine preferred by the fourth generation custodians of Weltevrede. Instead of putting the signature of the winemaker on the label, the label bears the name of every person living at and working in the vineyards and winery of Weltevrede.
With this we celebrate legacy
The result of a small production of carefully selected grapes, the Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in French oak barrels, with no malolactic fermentation. There is skin contact with battonage once a week and the wine is matured in French oak for 6 months.
The result is a wine with aging potential of 10 years.
The colour is a deep red. On the nose you get an intense mixture of cranberry, pomegranate and tobacco. The palate reveals youngberry, red cherries, plums and black pepper with a long smoky finish. It complements rosemary lamb chops, leg of lamb and mature fillet perfectly.
Says Philip Jonker, winemaker, “The WELTEVREDE 1912 wines are the culmination of more than a hundred years of family heritage and ultimately represent who we are”.