Wines from South Africa


GabriŽlskloof

Tucked away among rolling valleys, just an hour from Cape Town along the N2, lies the secret gem of the Bot River wine route. This is ďwhere real people make real winesĒ, and itís here that you will find GabriŽlskloof, whose sole focus is to perfect the art of wine making. The GabriŽlskloof vineyards are isolated and protected from contamination, making them disease and virus-free. We couldnít have asked for a better microclimate: cool sea breezes give us an extended ripening period so that we can harvest at lower sugar levels.

Although a new arrival on the exciting Bot River wine scene, GabriŽlskloofís wines have been a long time in the making. In 2001, general manager and viticulturist Barry Anderson passed on his passionate belief in the potential of the land to Bernhard Heyns, and since then there has been no looking back. After carefully matching cultivars and terroir, the first vines were planted in 2002 and in 2009 award-winning winemaker Kobie Viljoen joined the team to make the debut vintage.

The GabriŽlskloof cellar was designed to allow the modern equipment to handle the grapes with all the care of traditional wine-making methods. This is where winemaker Kobie works his magic.

He believes in making good, honest wines that offer amazing value. Youíll find no oak chips or staves in his cellar, only small oak barrels that gently age the wines.

Barry and Kobie like to say that they constantly are hard at work in the vineyards and the cellar. But they are also having lots of fun experimenting with the unique terroir and carefully selected grape varietals while working their magic to produce wonderfully expressive wines.

Our vineyards were carefully planned with vines selected to match the terroir Ė concentrating on producing a tight range. Fortunately we have such a choice of terroir that we can find a spot for even the most demanding of varietals. Currently established are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, MourvŤdre, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Malbec.

 
GabriŽlskloof Sauvignon Blanc
 
Aromas of fig, bell pepper, green olive, and gooseberry are replicated on the palate. This lively wine has a long mineral driven finish with hints of lemon and lime.

This wine is a great accompaniment to sushi as well as other seafoods and salads.

The wine is ready to drink but will develop complexity with a year or two in the bottle.
 
Alcohol: 13.5%
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GabriŽlskloof The Blend
 

This is a classic Bordeaux blend Ė Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.

This wine has a youthful mulberry aroma and a hint of mint on the nose, followed by layers of caramel, dark chocolate, cinnamon and nuts. Nuances of tobacco and smokiness, with a touch of dried peach linger on the palate.

This wine pairs well with roasted red meats and rich pasta dishes.

The wine can be enjoyed now but will age well over the next 3 to 8 years in the bottle.

Alcohol: 14.5%
UPC #: 6009800873023
 
 
 
 
 
GabriŽlskloof Shiraz
 

Dense ripe plum color with a youthful purple rim. On the nose is white pepper, ginger and plum, with hints of caramel and tobacco on the palate. This wine has a palate-filling mouthfeel with a creamy velvety finish.

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

The wine is ready to be enjoyed now but will develop complexity over the next 5 to 7 years.
 
Alcohol: 14.5%
UPC #: 6009800873078