Overgaauw is a wine estate of distinction in the Stellenbosch region. It was founded by Abraham van Velden in 1905 on land owned by his family since 1783. For the past century the Van Veldens have done pioneering work and produced acclaimed wines on Overgaauw, one of the oldest family run estates in the area.
In more recent times, Braam Van Velden’s proved himself an accomplished winemaker, for instance being one of the first to pioneer the Bordeaux-style red blend in the shape of Tria Corda at the beginning of the 1980s, and today is still a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild.
The estate’s70 hectares of south facing vineyards are planted on deep weathered granite soils, cooled by sea breezes from False Bay, provide the ideal meso climate for the cultivation of noble grape varieties. Meticulous viticultural practices, including varietal site selection and low yields, ensure that only the very best grapes are used for Overgaauw wines. These are vinified in the renovated and expanded old cellar, fusing modern winemaking techniques with 100 years of experience. Very few things remain exceptional for four generations, but Overgaauw's wines have done just that.
While Van Velden Senior describes the first-label Overgaauw wines as “for special occasions”, the new entry-level Shepherd’s Cottage wines are intended to “make every occasion special” and consequently come across as more accessible. The motivation behind launching a second-label range was that he “wants people to open a bottle of Overgaauw every day”.
Overgaauw Abraham White - Sauvignon Blanc
The nose shows bright Cape
Gooseberry, ripe fig, pineapple and subtle marmalade notes. On the palate the
wine is lithe with a distinct density arising from the long period on the lees.
Bright tropical fruit notes predominate followed by lingering lime and lemon
The wine is an ideal partner to a plethora of seafood dishes, light
chicken dishes and salads.
Enjoyed now while young and fresh but it should improve with three to five years in
UPC #: 6002400000516
Awards & Ratings:
* 89 Rating
Overgaauw Abraham Red - Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon
On the nose the wine shows rich black
cherry notes with subtle herbal, dark chocolate and toast influences. On the
palate the wine is medium bodied with the aromatic characters replicated.
wine is an ideal partner to roasts, stews and pasta dishes. A slow roasted leg
of lamb would be a treat when paired with Abraham. The wine should age well for
the next five to seven years.
This is a great accompaniment to lamb, red meats and pasta dishes.
The wine is ready to be enjoyed now or can be cellared for up to 5 years.
UPC #: 6002400000523
Awards & Ratings:
* 89 Rating
Overgaauw Touriga Nacional
This unique wine offers mulberry, plum and rich
raspberry fruit with soft tannins and a spicy finish. Succulent, full and round
on the palate with soft fine tannins and a lengthy fruit-driven aftertaste.
This is a great accompaniment to Bobotie (traditional
South African curried mince dish), rump steak with robust sauce, grilled rack
of pork, spare ribs, hearty stews, grilled vegetables and rich matured cheeses.
Enjoy now but will develop complexity in the next 8 years.
UPC #: 6002400000066
Overgaauw Tria Corda
Tria Corda means three hearts. In a similar way Overgaauw Tria Corda’s has a Bordeaux heritage of three hearts: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of dark fruits, lavender, black olive and spice lead on the nose. The wine is medium to full bodied with deft integration of the primary fruit notes and secondary barrel conditioning and tannin components leading to a sustained finish.
This is a great accompaniment to roasts, grilled meats and cheese based dishes.
Enjoy now but will develop complexity in the next 7-10 years.