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The Dalmation

Syrah 2018 | Stellenbosch

Dark ruby in colour, a subtle nose of dark fruits (cherries, blackcurrants and loganberries) with a whiff of violets. Luscious blackberry notes and a hint of spice on the palate supported by subtle French oak integration – well rounded, finely balanced, smooth tannin structure and a long finish.

 

DNA research reveals that Dalmatia (Croatia) and the Dalmatian coast is the mother land for the Viognier grape varietal, where it is known locally as ‘Vugava Bijela’.

 

The Dalmatian is a style of wine that takes inspiration from the Northern Rhone by adding Viognier to the Syrah in varying quantities of between 3-10%, depending on the vintage.

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The Unyielding

Syrah 2019 | Elgin

Bright ruby colour, hints of small red and dark berry fruits on the nose with a touch of spice and a whiff of new oak.

 

The palate is intensely vibrant and elegant, with a good clean acidity and flavours of blueberry, violet and morello cherry. Subtle tannins, a balanced mouthfeel shall allow this wine to develop nicely over the next 8-10 years.

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The Ironstone

Syrah 2019 | Stellenbosch

Bright, clear dark inky colour - notes of dark forest fruits, dark cherry and a hint of spice on the nose followed by a crystalline palate of tightly packed, ripe, damson, loganberry and blackberry. A good acidity on the palate provides this wine with a good backbone to age. It is finely balanced with soft tannins and will benefit from maturing in correct cellaring conditions for 5-8 years.

Ironstone is common place in the Cape, and often referred to as Koffie-klip by Afrikaans speakers, or it’s anatomical name ‘Ferricrete’. Reddish brown in colour it belies a depth and substance to the wine that adds a certain power of flavour..

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The Cartref

Syrah 2019 | Elgin

Bright ruby colour, hints of wild strawberries and cherries. Light to medium bodied, the palate is softly vibrant, beautifully elegant, with a clean acidity, possessing flavours of blackberry and morello cherry.

 

Subtle tannins balance a mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste that allow this wine to age for 2-5 years. Serve slightly chilled over the summer months - delicious with lamb chops, sauteed potatoes and a bacon, broccoli, apple and chicory salad.

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The Emperor Probus

Viognier 2019 | Elgin

Pale bright gold - whiff of cream and clementine, peach and quince, with hints of vanilla and judicious oak maturation overtones. Tropical notes on the pallet also display white juicy fruits of lychee and apricot. Rich, concentrated, and with mouth-watering appeal, this full bodied yet soft wine will round out to become even longer and more lingering.

What's in a name? 

In 281AD, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Equitius PROBUS carried ‘Viognier’ vines up the river Rhone to an area known today as Condrieu.

 

These vines originated in his homeland territory of Dalmatia (current day Croatia), where this varietal is known as ‘Vugava Bijela’, a name lost en route, becoming instead Viognier, possibly due to passing through the Roman Gaul town of Vienne

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Clay Shales

Viognier 2022 | Elgin

Bright pale gold colour. Highly aromatic, with aromas of white peach and jasmine. Tropical flavours abound on the palate with subtle overtones of oak, and a certain minerality, followed by a richly integrated mouth-feel of pineapple, clementine, quince and peach.

 

Soft, fresh, medium to full bodied; an ideal accompaniment to fish, warm salads and poultry dishes.

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Carolus Magnus Rex

Chardonnay 2022 | Elgin

A maiden Chardonnay for Hilton Vineyards

 

Under his nickname, Carolus Magnus Rex, this wine pays homage to the 9th century Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne who among his many lifetime achievements was planting Chardonnay on the southern slopes of the hill of Corton in Burgundy. Corton Charlemagne remains a benchmark to which this wine aspires.

Pale bright gold - with a whiff of cream, lime and citrus, on the nose, a layering of judicious oak maturation on the palate. Tropical notes abound and display white starfruit, pear and bergamot.
 

Rich, concentrated, with mouth-watering appeal, this full bodied yet soft wine will round out to become even longer and more lingering.

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Carolus Magnus Rex

Chardonnay 2022 | Elgin

A maiden Chardonnay for Hilton Vineyards

 

Under his nickname, Carolus Magnus Rex, this wine pays homage to the 9th century Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne who among his many lifetime achievements was planting Chardonnay on the southern slopes of the hill of Corton in Burgundy. Corton Charlemagne remains a benchmark to which this wine aspires.

Pale bright gold - with a whiff of cream, lime and citrus, on the nose, a layering of judicious oak maturation on the palate. Tropical notes abound and display white starfruit, pear and bergamot.
 

Rich, concentrated, with mouth-watering appeal, this full bodied yet soft wine will round out to become even longer and more lingering.

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Carolus Magnus Rex

Chardonnay 2022 | Elgin

A maiden Chardonnay for Hilton Vineyards

 

Under his nickname, Carolus Magnus Rex, this wine pays homage to the 9th century Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne who among his many lifetime achievements was planting Chardonnay on the southern slopes of the hill of Corton in Burgundy. Corton Charlemagne remains a benchmark to which this wine aspires.

Pale bright gold - with a whiff of cream, lime and citrus, on the nose, a layering of judicious oak maturation on the palate. Tropical notes abound and display white starfruit, pear and bergamot.
 

Rich, concentrated, with mouth-watering appeal, this full bodied yet soft wine will round out to become even longer and more lingering.

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Eau de Vie ('Grappa')

Viognier | Elgin

Limited production, single cultivar Viognier, alembic copper pot distilled by Dr.Edmund Oettle; this Eau de Vie de Marc, ultra premium quality husk spirit (Grappa), is made from both Viognier skins and wine, double distilled with the utmost care and patience, offering the consumer a magical experience for an after dinner ‘digestif’.

 

Best served with an espresso, a piece of premium cacao chocolate and small glass of sparkling mineral water for the ultimate experience (Alc.by Vol.43%).

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