Wines from South Africa


Van Loveren

Van Loveren is one of the Cape’s most successful family-owned and operated winemaking ventures. Established in 1937 and named after a family forebear the estate has in excess of 1,000 acres of vineyard in the limestone rich Robertson valley. The Retief family is renowned for making appealing wines across the price and quality spectrum. The estate is a consistent award winner at South Africa's premier wine shows.

Van Loveren is an industry leader in Black Economic Empowerment with one of the estates under their management being 52% owned by a workers’ and pensioners’ trust. The estate holds a long-term grape supply contract with Van Loveren Private Cellar and has operated profitably since its’ first year of operation. This arrangement contributed to Van Loveren being named top achiever in a national agriculture competition for Black Economic Empowerment endeavors.

Under the expert leadership of Phillip Retief, the Retief family and Van Loveren enjoy a place as one of South Africa’s best loved wine producers and garners the respect of all who have the opportunity to work with them.

 

Van Loveren Christina van Loveren Methode Cap Classique Brut "Champagne"
 


A blend of 86% Chardonnay and 14% Pinot Noir, this traditional method champenoise wine shows a classic light bead. On the nose the wine leads with subtle light toast and citrus notes. On the palate it is lithe and refreshing.

The wine is an ideal aperitif and pairs well with shellfish, salads and fruit based dishes.

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

Rating: 90 point, Veritas Double Gold

UPC #: 6002269000849


Van Loveren Christina van Loveren Methode Cap Classique Brut Rose"Champagne"
 


Aromas of strawberry, cranberry and shortcake prevail. On the palate the wine is lively with a subtle mousse and lingering finish. The wine is ideal as an aperitif and will pair well with seafood, salads, chicken and creamy pasta dishes.

Rating: 89



 
Van Loveren Neils Pick Colombar
 

Pronounced tropical fruit notes take the lead on the nose. On the palate the wine is brisk and refreshing with tropical notes replicated. A subtle hint of sweetness leads to the lengthy finish.

The wine will pair well with Asian foods, seafood, chicken and cream based pasta dishes.

Ready to drink now, but could age for another year or two.

Rating: 86
UPC #: 6002269000054
 
 
Van Loveren Special Late Harvest Gewurztraminer
 


Aromas of rose petal, lychee and spice predominate on the nose. On the palate the wine is full bodied with distinctive lychee and spice notes with a long finish.

Ideal food pairings are spicy Asian dishes, a cheese platter and fruit based desserts

The wine will age well for three to five years.

Rating: 89




Van Loveren African Java Pinotage
 


Vibrant plum and ripe dark berry notes predominate on the nose backed up by intense roasted coffee aromas with the varietal characters accentuated by the specific oak aging regime. The wine is vibrant on the palate with fruit and coffee characteristics replicated.

Ideal pairings would be grilled and smoked meats, hearty stews and pasta dishes

The wine will age well for 3 – 5 years.

Rating: 87 Best of Class



Van Loveren Retief Reserve Cape Blend
 


Aromas of redcurrant, dried fig and vanilla radiate from the glass. On the palate the wine is lithe with soft tannins, plum, blackberry and dark chocolate notes on the finish.

Ideal pairings would be roasts, grilled meats, hearty stews and pasta dishes

The wine will age well for 5 -7 years.

Rating: 88





Es La Vida – Blanca
 

Es La Vida means “This is Life!”.

Litchi, tropical fruit and spice notes lead on the nose. On the palate the wine is fruity and crisp; off-dry with a light sparkle.

The wine is ideal as an aperitif and will complement salads, seafood dishes and curries.

Ready to drink now, and enjoy life!

UPC #: 6009605833161
 

Es La Vida – Rosa
 

 Es La Vida means “This is Life!”.

Rose petal, strawberry and spice notes lead on the nose. On the palate the wine is fruity and crisp; off-dry with a light sparkle.

The wine is ideal as an aperitif and will complement salads, seafood dishes and curries.

Ready to drink now, and enjoy life!

UPC #: 6009605835615