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Winery of the Week: Guardian Peak Wines

Situated high on the Helderberg and commanding wonderful views of owner Jean Engelbrecht’s other prestige property, Rust en Vrede, and surrounding vineyards, Guardian Peak is supplied by long-term contracted grape growers ensuring consistency and quality (note the 5 star gem below). Such stability also allows the winemakers some freedom of expression, and specific parcels of fruit are finding their way into new wines slowly being added to the range - the rosé already proving a popular food-friendly option at the on-site restaurant.

Guardian Peak Wines Frontier 2013

Category: Cabernet sauvignon  |  sub-category: Red blends, other

100% cab, showing lively blackcurrant & hint of fynbos on 2013. Chewy & dense but refined, with good depth & length. Spice from judicious use of 10% American oak adds interest. Wine tasted by Cathy Marston More »

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Guardian Peak Wines Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Category: Cabernet sauvignon  

Initially fairly muted 2013 () opens to classic cab aromas & flavours of black berries, cedar & tar. Big, ripe & bold but not without grace; gritty tannins add texture, suggesting excitement to come. Well oaked, as was 2012. Stellenbosch WO. Wine tasted by Cathy Marston More »

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Guardian Peak Wines Merlot 2014

Category: Merlot  |  sub-category: Merlot

Soft, juicy, ripe but fairly restrained 2014 - good everyday wine. Wine tasted by Cathy Marston More »

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Guardian Peak Wines Rosé 2015

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Category: Rosé dry  

Pretty debut for dry 2015 from cab promises strawberries & lots of summer fun. Wine tasted by Cathy Marston More »

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Guardian Peak Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Category: Sauvignon blanc unwooded  |  sub-category: Sauvignon blanc unwooded

2015 tank sample shy & floral, slim & slight with underlying promise of more to come. Wine tasted by Cathy Marston More »

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Guardian Peak Wines Shiraz 2014

Category: Shiraz/syrah  |  sub-category: Shiraz/syrah

Peppers & spice on step-up 2014 bring joy & happiness with ripe berried fruit & succulent finish. Wine tasted by Cathy Marston More »

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Guardian Peak Wines Summit 2013

Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based  |  sub-category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based

Delightful yet concentrated mix of red fruits (plums, strawberries, raspberries) 2013 given definition by firm, ripe tannins & powerful but integrated alcoholic punch. Syrah/shiraz (62%), mourvèdre & grenache, some from Breedekloof. Wine tasted by Cathy Marston More »

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