Select Page

Words: Richard Holmes | Images: Supplied

While the prospect of a day swirling and sipping through the Cape Winelands should be reward enough, a number of wineries have made the deal even sweeter by offering unique wines that are only sold on the farm.

It certainly takes a determined wine lover to make it out to the wineries surrounding the Overberg village of Elim, but it’s worth the drive. To encourage a visit to Black Oystercatcher Wines, cellar master and owner Dirk Human only sells his Reserve range direct from the tasting room.

“We make these wines in much smaller quantities than our flagship wines,” says Human. “They’re something very special, extremely limited and exclusive… we want to give something special to people who head out to the farm.”

His Reserve range includes a superb Blanc Fumé – barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc – as well as a delicious Noble Late Harvest from Sauvignon Blanc; a perfect balance between fresh acidity and sweetness.

Closer to Cape Town is acclaimed red wine estate Alto. The Alto Rouge has long been a staple of South African tables, but you’ll only find the impressive Alto Signature Red Blend for sale at the tasting room. A four-way Bordeaux-style blend, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it recently scored an impressive 94 points in the prestigious South African wine report by UK critic Tim Atkin.

Just around the corner you’ll find Waterford Estate, where cellar master Kevin Arnold and winemaker Mark le Roux offer their innovative Library Collection to estate visitors. This experimental range, often once-off releases, includes innovative white blends and a delicious Cabernet Franc, but the 2017 Chenin Blanc is the standout, with grapes sourced from 36-year-old vineyards. Tastings must be pre-booked.

Due to the limited quantities you won’t have the chance to taste the ultra-premium Black Series from Franschhoek cellar Allée Bleue. Unless you buy a bottle, that is. Mostly bottled in magnums, for improved ageing, the Series includes an excellent Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, and the Cabernet Sauvignon from high-lying Banhoek vineyards is definitely worth investing in.

Available only from the estate, “the Black Series is not about volume, it’s about showcasing the very best of our cellar”, says winemaker Van Zyl du Toit. “These are collectors’ wines, they are wines for connoisseurs.”

Join Us!

Sign up for the Your Neighbourhood newsletter!