Durbanville Hills Launches Collector’s Reserve

Durbanville Hills has launched a premium collection of wines: The Collector’s Reserve. Inspired by Cape Town’s radiant energy and creative demeanour, the new premium offering boasts a unique range of wines 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.

 The range is unlike anything Durbanville Hills has ever produced according to Cellar Master, Martin Moore. The collection is appealing to the senses – touch, taste, smell and sight. To complement each of the wines in the range, Durbanville Hills commissioned a vibrant Capetonian artist, Theo Vorster, to pair each wine with a prominent landmark in Cape Town, most of which are visible from the winery. Theo is known for creating unique pieces of art using new hand-coloured Linocuts, ultimately transporting viewers into an energised, playful dimension. With each landmark comes a distinctive story which can be found on the back of the respective bottles.

The winemaking team is extremely proud of the new range produced especially as it went on to fetch 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,” says Moore.

The Launch

The launch was held at Durbanville Hills, where fellow media were escorted into the cellar for a 4-course luncheon. Here, we were able to see the wine barrels and art being made, as Mr Voster demonstrated. Each wine that we tasted was paired with a complementary dish, from salmon starters to quail seconds, beef sirloin, and finally ending off with the classic cheese and wine pairing.

The Range

Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc (tropical fruit flavours and balanced freshness) – The Cape Mist is a natural phenomenon in Cape Town, creating the perfect cool conditions at Durbanville and for Sauvignon Blanc vines specifically.

The Cape Garden Chenin Blanc (a tribute) – Fresh produce was supplied to ships at the Gardens historically, much like the Chenin Blanc vineyards that was originally a vegetable garden.

The Cableway Chardonnay (rich citrus flavours complemented by subtle oak notes) – providing a unique perspective and experience of Cape Town.

The Lighthouse Merlot (notes of mint and red cherry) – The lighthouse guide ships along the misty Cape Coast; a mist is what allows Merlot’s unique character to develop.

The Promenade Pinotage (lingering complexity) – reminder to savour experiences, whether it translates to wine tasting or breath-taking panoramic views from the seafront promenade.

The Castle of Good Hope Cabernet Sauvignon (robust, full-bodied, dark fruit flavours and supple tannin structure) – The Castle of Good Hope is a Bastion fort with strategic views of Table Bay landscape and the Atlantic Ocean.

The High Noon Shiraz (notes of spice and pepper) – Based on The Noon Gun on Signal Hill, originally used to alert the city of arriving ships.

To start, four varietals in the range (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinotage) will be available at select retail stores and the other three (Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon) available to purchase at Durbanville Hills or via Vinoteque.

 

For more information, please visit www.durbanvillehills.co.za.

Awards

Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge

  • Collectors Reserve: Chardonnay 2017 (GOLD)
  • Collectors Reserve: Pinotage 2016 (GOLD)
  • Collectors Reserve: Chardonnay 2017 (GOLD)
  • Collectors Reserve: Chenin Blanc 2017 (GOLD)
  • Collectors Reserve: Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (GOLD)
  • Collectors Reserve: Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (GOLD)
  • Collectors Reserve: Merlot 2016 (GOLD)

The Asian Chardonnay Masters

  • Collectors Reserve: Chardonnay 2017 (GOLD)