Duque de Montebello Jumilla Tinto, Monastrell, PDO, süß
The cellarmaster, Liza Goodwin, wanted this wine to be smooth and extremely fruity, unlike any wine she had made before, so she selected the Pinotage grape and allowed these to ripen to their full potential. The end result is a rich wine with an intense plum fruitiness and a hint of spice which due to Herman Coertze’s inspiration and its heritage can only be called one thing, ‘’Big Feet, pressed for Elephants’’.
BIG FEET…..BIG STORY…..BIG WINE
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Big Feet, pressed for Elephants!
As you drive out of Cape Town with the majestic and imposing table mountain in your rear-view mirror heading towards Durbanville you soon arrive at Meerendal. The Meerendal wine Estate has been producing fine quality wines since the 1700’s, but alongside this tradition and history the owner of the Farm, Herman Coertze is always at the cutting edge of innovation and new developments. This year Meerendal Farm will be once again the starting point for the ABSA Cape Epic, an incredible mountain bike race of 800km, only the toughest will complete the course. Two of Herman’s passions are wine and the beautiful wildlife of his native South Africa, especially the endangered African Elephant and he wanted one to be able to support the other. To do this he asked his cellar master, Liza Goodwin, to make a high-quality wine to be named after these magnificent animals and have 1 Rand for every bottle sold to be donated to the Elephant foundation (so far R150,000 has been raised through the sales of this wine).
The wine goes excellently with pizza and pasta dishes and lets grilled chicken or pork appear in a completely different, new light!
Only about 30 km north-east of Cape Town, the tradition of the Meerendal wine estate began as early as 1702, when Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel, son of Constantia founder Simon van der Stel, handed over the land, which was fertile but hardly used at the time, to Jan Meerland. When he died at sea in 1706, his widow Christina Stans took up viticulture and ten years later had already cultivated 60,000 vines. Gradually, more and more wheat fields were planted with vines. Even today, they still adhere to the preferred viticulture method of the time, the so-called bush training, in which the arrangement of the vines in even rows ensures that the available soil is used in the best possible way. Due to their low height, the sunlight reaches all the vines in the same way and with the same intensity, without them shading each other.