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Winery of the Week: Baleia Bay

The tiny vineyard on Dassieklip farm near holiday hamlet Vermaaklikheid on the Cape south coast is part of a larger Joubert-family-owned enterprise involving olive groves, Brangus cattle, and Dohne Merino sheep. Encouraged in recent years by limestone-rich soils and cooling ocean breezes to plant a mix of wine varieties, their continuing investment includes a dedicated winemaker/viticulturist and a cellar at Riversdale on the N2 highway, open to visitors. The brand name - ‘whale’ in Portuguese – invokes nearby St Sebastian Bay, a Southern Right nursery.

Baleia Bay Chardonnay 2013

Category: Chardonnay wooded  |  sub-category: Chardonnay wooded

Spirited wooding (100% new, 6 months) covers 2013's kumquat & stonefruit with a duvet of oak, giving a rich breakfast-in-bed effect, complete with honey & toast. Similar to 2012 () but better balanced. Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe More »

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Baleia Bay Pinot Noir 2012

Category: Pinot noir  

True expression of variety, with red fruit, spice & meat nuances. 2012 lovely layers, bright acidity & long, smooth finish from judicious year in oak. Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe More »

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Baleia Bay Rosé 2014

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Category: Rosé off-dry/semi-sweet  

Shiraz & tempranillo give pomegranate & strawberry flavours to 2014, few grams sugar balanced by rounded acidity, spicy twist. Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe More »

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Baleia Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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

Ebullient 2014 boasts green olive tapenade & seaweed note, tangy acidity for beach & sunset watching. Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe More »

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Baleia Bay Shiraz 2012

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Category: Shiraz/syrah  

Only 10% new oak for 2012, beguiling smooth, cinnamon-spiced stewed red fruit character. Versatile: for steak dinners or dark choc desserts, say team. Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe More »

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Baleia Bay Unwooded Chardonnay 2014

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Category: Chardonnay unwooded  

Cantaloupe & citrus blossom-scented 2014 as precise & elegant as its sibling is voluptuous. Wine tasted by Greg Mutambe More »

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