Since living in Cape Town during my university years, and being friends with intense but highly pleasurable wine snobs, I too became an avid lover of wine. At some point going for wine tasting with my friends was the norm and really, something I can easily see myself getting back into now. There aren’t many things in life that are as satisfying as a good meal paired with a great glass of wine.
Last Tuesday, 31 July 2018, I was invited to the Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve wine launch at Katy’s Palace Bar in Kramerville. Inspired by Cape Town’s radiant energy and creative demeanour, their new premium offering consists of a unique range of wine options that has been skilfully crafted using only the finest grapes from Cape Town’s best vineyards. Paying homage to its name, this exclusive range has been designed as a collector’s item for both wine and art lovers alike.
According to Martin Moore, Cellar Master at Durbanville Hills, this new offering is nothing like any range they’ve ever released before. It not only appeals to the palate and nose, but the visual and touch senses too. Just when you thought we had reached the cap on the creativity quota in our modern society, Durbanville Hills commissioned a vibrant Capetonian artist, Theo Paul Vorster, to complement each of the wine options in the range with a prominent landmark in Cape Town — most of which are visible from the winery. Vorster is known for creating unique pieces of art using new hand-coloured Linocuts — ultimately transporting viewers into an energised, playful dimension.
“To cement the brand’s ethos of connecting the city’s vibrant culture to the winelands, Durbanville Hills handpicked seven proudly Cape Town landmarks and asked Theo to impart his vision of these landmarks onto each bottle. With each landmark comes a distinctive story which can be found on the back of the respective bottles,” explains Moore.
An irresistibly delicious example of one such story is the Merlot, which Moore says is linked to the cheery red and white candy-striped lighthouse in Green Point with its foghorn. “Affectionately known as ‘Moaning Minnie’, the lighthouse is well-known for guiding ships along the misty Cape coast. These misty, cool climate conditions develop the Merlot’s unique character, displaying notes of mint and red cherry.” [If you hadn’t picked it up already, The Lighthouse Merlot is my favourite from the collection.]
The Durbanville Hills winemaking team is extremely proud of this new range, more-so since the range has gone on win multiple awards at the recent Gilbert & Gaillard Awards — an internationally acclaimed wine awards ceremony. “Prior to launching into the market, we are already receiving such positive feedback on this range and look forward to its success among the consumer market.” Moore adds that the range consists of The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc, The Cape Garden Chenin Blanc, and The Cableway Chardonnay [my second favourite], as well as The Lighthouse Merlot, The Promenade Pinotage, The Castle of Good Hope Cabernet Sauvignon and The High Noon Shiraz.
For starters, four varietals in the range — Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinotage — will be available at select retail stores, however, the other three — Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon — will be available to purchase at Durbanville Hills or through vinoteque. For more information, please visit the Durbanville Hills website. Be sure to also follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and like their Facebook Page.