Wines from South Africa


In 1919 two brothers, Tinnie and Niels Momberg, bought Middelvlei and moved their families onto the farm. A year later the first wines were pressed, mainly fortified at that stage. Their two sons, Stiljan (quiet Jan) and his cousin, also Jan but called Jan Bek (because of his more outgoing personality), inherited the farm in 1960. In 1963 Stiljan bought his cousin's half share in the farm, to become sole proprietor. Jan Bek went on to buy nearby Neethlingshof Estate and subsequently entered politics.

Over the next thirty years, Stiljan set about establishing one of the model wine farms in the district. He upgraded the vineyards and by 1992 had replanted the entire 130 hectares under vine. Gradually the proportion of red plantings increased and today sits at 60% red (Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot) and 40% white (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc).

In the early 1970's Middelvlei became well known for its Pinotage and in the mid-1980's its Cabernet Sauvignon attracted considerable attention. Shiraz followed and in 1997 Middelvlei won the sought after General Jan Smuts Trophy for the best young wine in South Africa with their Shiraz. Middelvlei's pioneering Pinotage Merlot blend (Red Falcon Red) the traditional Pinotage specialist was the first to combine South Africa's home-grown variety with what is one of the Bordeaux classics made its first appearance in 1995. This was one year after the release of the only white, a unoaked Chardonnay.

The modern generation of Mombergs, brothers Tinnie and Ben, have learnt well from their father, Stiljan. Ever since he handed over the running of the farm to them in 1995, his quiet and kindly patriarchal influence has been felt, but, by then, most of the groundwork had been done. Stiljan had inculcated in them a strong work ethic and a culture for perfection and foresight in the vineyards and cellar. Ever mindful of the strong sense of tradition at Middelvlei Estate, Tinnie and Ben have blended modern winemaking and viticultural techniques with tried-and-tested methods, and, together with the marketing skills of Ben's wife, Jeanneret, have created a potent force on the Cape wine scene.

The estate covers 160 ha of which 130 are planted with vines. As an estate, all Middelvlei wines are made from their own grapes.

Red Falcon Pinotage/Merlot

This is a 50% Pinotage/50% Merlot blend. Rich dark berry fruit aromas lead to a full mouth feel. Mulberry and raspberry flavors lead to subtle, sweet tannins on the mid-palate and a long farewell.

This wine is an ideal accompaniment grilled meats, pasta and rich stews.

The wine can be enjoyed now but will age well over the next two to three years in the bottle.

Alcohol: 14%
UPC #: 6009626740332
Middelvlei Shiraz

100% Shiraz. Medium bodied wine with pepper, plum and liquorice aromas. On the palate are hits of violets, vanilla and cherries. All the grapes were hand picked in small baskets.

This wine is an ideal accompaniment to roasts, rich pasta dishes and stews.

The wine is ready to be enjoyed while young and fresh but will develop complexity over the next four to five years.

Alcohol: 12.5%
UPC #: 6009626740004
Middelvlei Free Run Pinotage

100% pinotage made exclusively from free-run juice; only juice naturally drained off the freshly crushed grapes is used.

A medium-bodied wine with appearance of deep ruby red with violet edges. On the nose are sweet raspberry aromas with mulberry undertones. Ripe dark fruit and herbal notes abound with a hint of coffee on the pleasantly dry, tannic finish. All the grapes are hand-harvested from selected vineyards.

This wine is an ideal accompaniment to red meat dishes, game birds, hearty pasta and cheese based dishes.

The wine can be enjoyed now but will age well over the next three to five years.

Alcohol: 12.5%
UPC #: 6001497410017