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Winery of the Week: Kaapzicht Wine Estate

Looking at the current range and what’s planted, it’s clear there are future plans in embryo, which is what this large family estate is about, providing for generations to come. Steytler-owned since 1946, brothers Danie and George are still involved, respectively, in the cellar and vineyards. Wives, German-speaking Yngvild and Mandy take care of export markets and look after guest venues and the entertainment. Danie jnr has been winemaker since 2009 while his wife Carin handles national sales. It is truly a family business. Only a third of the grapes are used, most harvested off unirrigated vineyards, the rest sold off. The main focus is red wines, with some noteworthy exceptions (1947 Chenin honours the date of its vineyard planting), and the wines have personality, reflecting the family’s traditional values, with depth and power.

Kaapzicht Wine Estate Brandy & Husk Spirit range 15 Year Potstill NV

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Category: Brandy  

As the brandy matured, it kept harmony & texture, gained in flavour complexity (the almond note particularly attractive), but perhaps lost some brightness, freshness. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht range Bin-3 2011

Category: Red blends, with pinotage  

2011 merlot with cab, 2 others, has a coffee grounds seam throughout the berries, an appealing oak influence in the flavours that will match casseroles, richly sauced meat dishes. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht range Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Category: Cabernet sauvignon  |  sub-category: Cabernet sauvignon

Layers of interest in complex 2012, supporting its dark-fruited core, cocoa, hints of fynbos, tobacco, without putting a step wrong in the oaking. Harmonious, balanced, worth adding to the cellar. No 2011. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht range Cape Vintage 2007

Category: Port-style, red  |  sub-category: Port-style, red

Touriga lends the fruitcake & mocha richness to the flavours, the older vintage - 2007 - a distinctly 'Tawny port' character to the bouquet. Some fruit, tealeaf nuances. Together they work in a delicious way. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht range Chenin Blanc 2015

Category: Chenin blanc unwooded dry  |  sub-category: Chenin blanc unwooded dry

Lovely fresh fruit on 2015, lime & passionfruit, showing mouthwatering zesty intensity. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht range Estate Red 2011

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

Creative blend, shiraz & cab, dab petit verdot, pinotage. 2011 deep pruney fruit loaded with savoury spice, succulent underpin to supple tannins. Delicious, improves on 2010 (). Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Brandy & Husk Spirit range Grape Husk Spirit NV

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Category: Husk spirit/grappa-styles  

'Grappa' from ripe aromatic varieties gewürztraminer & riesling, giving a gentle fragrant quality, the nuttiness touched with grape & raisin notes. Clean, fresh & persistent. 375 ml. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht range Hanepoot Jerepigo 2011

Category: Hanepoot fortified  |  sub-category: Hanepoot fortified

Forthcoming dried peach, apricot bouquet, full-sweet barley sugar & dried fruit flavours, mouthfilling & stays with you. Drink 2011 after a meal with friends. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht range Ice 2009

Category: Icewine  |  sub-category: Icewine

Raisiny, sweet-sour & tangy 2009 riesling-based 'icewine' dessert from frozen grapes, naturally barrel fermented. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kaapzicht range Kaleidoscope 2013

Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based  

Shiraz/cab blend, with 3 others, made for earlier drinking. 2013 nice mix of red fruits, juicy & light textured. Unwooded. Wine tasted by Tim James More »

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