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”.
100% Chardonnay. Light lemon aromas are complemented by pear, honey and
red apple notes on the nose. It shows nice crispness without glaring acidity
and marries pear and peach flavors with minerality and light floral notes.
This is a great accompaniment to seafood dishes, chicken and light pasta dishes.
Enjoyed now while young and fresh but will develop complexity in the next two to three years.
UPC #: 6002400000073
Overgaauw Shepherd’s Cottage Red
The Shepherd’s Cottage at Overgaauw was originally built in the late 1700’s to house the local Shepherd. It is a small quaint humble home, with thick old white washed walls and small windows which are protected by green shutters, each with a heart carved out in its center.
The wine is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot offering structure with rich black berry and perfumed flavors. The merlot adds ripe juicy black cherry truffle flavors with hints of violets. A voluptuous, juicy, generous, smooth textured wine, with fine ripe tannins.
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 #: 6002400000226
Awards & Ratings:
* Rated Best Value Imported Red – Minneapolis Food
& Wine Show
* 4 Stars in South African Wine Magazine
* Rated #1 – Neil Pendocks Picks
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
It is a well-structured, medium bodied wine with a
rich combination of sumptuous black cherry fruit, hints of dark mocha chocolate
and elegant spicy oak notes from the 18 months in French oak barrels. The fine
but firm tannins are complimented by a mouth filling fruity and lingering
This is a great accompaniment to foie gras, rare beef
roast, grilled leg of lamb with fresh herbs, roasted lamb with creamy blue
cheese & nuts, duck and cherry pie, Osso bucco and even mild red meat, andThai
Enjoy now but will develop complexity in the next 7 years in the bottle
when it should reveal a pleasant surprise to those with patience.
UPC #: 6002400000127
Overgaauw Cabernet Sauvignon
This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with deep-color and intensity. The wine is complex with its dark plum core and intriguing layers of roasted spice, a mélange of red and black berry fruit and a full rich round palate. The 18 months spent in French oak barrels imparts a luxurious elegance.
This is a great accompaniment to lamb, beef and red pasta dishes.
Enjoy now but will develop complexity in the next 7-12 years.
UPC #: 6002400000080
Awards & Ratings:
* Veritas 2008 - Bronze Medal
* International Wine & Spirit Competition - Silver Medal
* John Platter Wine Guide - 4.5 stars
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
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.