HOT of the press from Lappies Labuschagne, PR supremo and boffin of all things Bottelary and Pinotage. (Boy, do we miss him,organising the Pinotage Association functions!)
In the December 2010 issue of the international Decanter magazine the Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2007 is rated as the top Pinotage. The same wine was also one of this year’s Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners (Kaapzicht’s fifth Top 10 winner), received 4?+¦?????+¦???+¦ stars in the 2011 Platter’s Wine Guide that was launched last week and was selected as Best Pinotage from the Stellenbosch district at the 2010 SA Terroir Wine Awards.
Kaapzicht Estate in the Bottelary ward near Stellenbosch in 2010 really stood out as one of South Africa’s and the world’s top producers of the highest quality red wines, due to top ranking by various panels locally and internationally.
Another highly praised wine this year was the Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2006 with the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show award for the Best Pinotage Blend as well as the International Trophy for Best Non-Bordeaux blend at Tri-Nations, where the top wines of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa were compared with each other.
In addition, the Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2007 received a Gold Medal at the Veritas Awards and at Mundus Vini in Germany, while it was also selected as the national Top Red Blend at the SA Terroir Wine Awards., The Kaapzicht Merlot 2007 also impressed various panels with a Double Gold Veritas award, rated as the Top Merlot by both the Wine-of-the-Month-Club and WINE magazine, as well as the national Top Merlot at the SA Terroir Wine Awards.
The 2007 vintage obviously produced fine wines at Kaapzicht Estate’s prime terroir on the Bottelary Hills, which is fully utilized by the father and son team Danie Steytler sr. and Danie Steytler jr.
Their new baby, the Bordeaux blend Steytler Pentagon was launched last year and the first vintage of this red blend, the Steytler Pentagon 2006, received 4 Stars in WINE Magazine as well as 4 ?+¦?????+¦???+¦ Stars in the Platter’s Wine Guide, while the newly released 2007 vintage was awarded a Veritas Gold Medal and also received 4?+¦?????+¦???+¦ stars in the Platter’s Wine Guide.
In the 2011 Platter’s Wine Guide five of Kaapzicht’s red wines received 4?+¦?????+¦???+¦ stars and five received 4 stars, in other words ten wines received four stars or more.
“Bottelary Hills is a prime winegrowing terroir for red wine. The northwestern slopes have the perfect combination of direct sunlight and cool prevailing sea breezes from False Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The hills on our estate are situated only 20 km from the coast of False Bay. The medium potential weathered granite soils and dry land vineyards produce low yields of 4 to 8 tons per hectare, thus creating small berries with concentrated flavours,” says Danie Steytler, cellar master and co-owner of this family wine estate.