One of the oldest Southern Hemisphere wine regions in the world is Stellenbosch, just 33 miles east of Cape Town. Stellenbosch is in a hilly region of the Cape Winelands, sheltered in a valley at an average elevation of 446 ft., flanked on the west by Parrot Mountain and Stellenbosch Mountain to the south. To the east and southeast are the Twin Peaks- Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains. The terroir range from dark alluvium to clay. Well-drained and hilly, making for perfect viticultural conditions of the Mediterranean climate.
350-plus years ago, the Dutch East India Company planted the regions first vines. During the decades that followed, they continued to develop farms as a source of wine and produce to take on lengthy seavoyages to the East Indies and Europe. French Protestant refugees began arriving in the late 1680s, bringing viticultural finesse. However, under 20th-century apartheid, government restrictions and trade embargoes stalled South Africas wine industry. But the 1994 dawn of democracy ushered in a new era for the nations wine makers. International-style wines from Chardonnays to Cabernet Sauvignons now find a wider global market alongside South Africas signature grape: The Pinotage.
Two of our customer favorites at Teller Wines are the Jardin family Chard and Cab, and the Barista Pinotage. The Pinotage grape is only grown in South Africa. A truly indigenous variety you might say. The Barista Pinotage is a real gem of smooth coffee and mocha undertones, ripe berry, truly smooth & structured (and that’s where you will find it on our shelves). Judicious oaking leaves your mouth craving chocolate! Our customers cant get enough at $14.99 a bottle.
We also love the Jardin Chardonnay & Cabernet. Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. Hes a geologist, shes an economist together this California-trained husband and wife team is a winemaking phenomenon. Garys parents bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting program, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes. The result is wines that combine the fruity accessibility of the New World with the classic elegance of the Old.
It is no surprise that youll find the 2010 Jardin Chardonnay here at Teller under Luscious & Complex for its supple tropical and citrus fruit flavors, notes of hazelnut and a buttery toastiness on the finish. 90% of the grapes were barrel fermented in French oak and aged sur lie (leaving the yeast in) for 9 months while the other 10% was fermented in stainless steel to retain the citrus flavors.
The 2008 Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon is classically Big & Concentrated. Perfect for drinking now, but can be cellared for another 3-5 years. Both Jardin wines are a real value at $24.99.
Now lets get busy making some lamb confit, wild mushroom tarte tatin with truffle cream, or salmon Niçoise to go along with these fine wines!