Wines from South Africa


Bristle Wines

Stonehill vineyard is situated at the head of picturesque Devon Valley to the north of Stellenbosch. Owner, Lorna Hughes planted Cabernet Sauvignon on the property in 1992 and became guardian of the property in 1998. It is a site of a winery built circa 1926 and the old building is now the hub of Bristle wines.

Until very recently Lorna supplied her grapes to a number of wineries in the Stellenbosch area who made award winning wines from them. Eventually she teamed up with talented winemaker Mark Carmichael Green and they produced BristleRed which was an instant success.

From the 2006 vintage a dry Cabernet Sauvignon Rose was made which has developed an almost cult-like following.

Stonehill labels carry a picture of Bristle, a pint sized wire haired terrier type mutt that was found dumped in a rubbish bin as a young pup and nursed back to health by Lorna. The label shows Bristle with a vine cutting in her mouth which she collects on her daily run with the family. She is now her constant companion and considered by locals to be Lorna's manager.

 
Stonehill Bristle Viognier
 
Crisp and fresh, yet firm and full in the mouth with fine texture and more stone fruit flavors than the nose suggests. White peach and apricot become more evident with time in the glass. A hint of clean oak. Fascinating appearance of sweetness on the palate, yet finishes bone dry. Delightful in its youth yet has all the potential to develop like its predecessors.
 
This is a great accompaniment to seafoods, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine.
 
The wine is ready to be enjoyed now but will develop complexity in the next two to three years.
 
Alcohol: 13.5%
UPC #: 6009820510069
 
Awards, Ratings & Charitable Contributions:
* Rated Best Value Imported White - Food & Wine Show, Minnesota
* Proceeds of the sale of this wine goes to the Animal Welfare Society, Stellenbosch, South Africa
 
 
Stonehill Bristle Rose
 
A cabernet drinkers Rose!
 
Rich, red rose colour. Floral and ripe berry fruit aromas greet the nose while sweet spice follows. The wine is lively and provides layers of cherry, plum and strawberry flavours as it develops on the palate.  The oak is not visible but has done it's job in adding the extra complexity to the wine. A Fascinating bite of light tannin gives just the grip needed in the long, fresh finish. Already a year old at release the wine has developed considerable complexity yet still has potential to grow.

This 100% Cabernet Rose is finished delightfully dry and makes a wonderfully versatile drink.
 
This pair well with spicy foods, salmon dishes, pork dishes and salads.
 
Drink well chilled.
 
Alcohol: 13%
UPC #: 6009820510021
 
Awards, Ratings & Charitable Contributions:
* Proceeds of the sale of this wine goes to the Animal Welfare Society, Stellenbosch, South Africa
 
 
Stonehill Bristle Red
 

Hand harvested grapes. Bright red ruby color. Nose leads with ripe berry fruits where dark cherry, plum and strawberry play a part. Great spicy backing with just a subtle hint of oak in support. Hints of fynbos and smoke slowly emerge to add greater complexity. Supple tannins give lively mouth feel.

The wine is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Shiraz. The shiraz vines are all old and gnarly and are now 33 years old giving us a very small quantity while the Cabernet is 17 years old. The wine is aged in a mixture of new and older French oak for around 10 months. It is a seamless blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz without either being dominant

This is a great accompaniment to red meat dishes, pasta and cheese dishes.

The wine is ready to be enjoyed while now but will develop complexity in the next two to three years.

Alcohol: 14%
UPC #: 6009820510014
 
Awards, Ratings & Charitable Contributions:
* Proceeds of the sale of this wine goes to the Animal Welfare Society, Stellenbosch, South Africa