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Winery of the Week: The Winery of Good Hope

The aim at this Helderberg winery, says co-founder and MD Alex Dale, is to make ‘quality wine with a conscience’ using non-interventionist techniques including natural fermentations, no or very few additions, and low or no sulphur. ‘We continue our voyage of refining our wines, progressing our understanding of our terroirs and our natural potential.’ While chenin remains the white wine focus, red plantings are shifting to gamay and cinsaut: ‘Lighter reds with which to celebrate the progressively demising Parker-ised red wine era!’ Not only accredited for environmental practices but also for social upliftment, the company continues to invest in its human capital, for example budgeting R500,000 annually for private education. ‘Giving back to our people is as important as giving back to the land.’


The Winery of Good Hope Black Rock 2014

Radford Dale range
Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based

Our Red Wine of the Year, this fine 2014 blend is delightful for sheer drinkability. Co-fermented Swartland carignan (37%), shiraz/syrah (35%), cinsaut, mourvèdre, grenache & viognier in which delicate lavender leads to juicy forest fruits & savoury spice. More 

Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson.


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The Winery of Good Hope Chardonnay 2015

Radford Dale range
Category: Chardonnay wooded

At 12.5% alcohol, 2015 has great richness, intensity & length, with zesty citrus fruit bursting through creaminess, underscored by minerality, with some toasted nut nuances from 10 months French oak, 15% new. No 2014. More 

Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson.


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The Winery of Good Hope Frankenstein Pinotage 2015

Radford Dale range
Category: Pinotage

Bunch fermented (like AD & Freedom pinots) & matured in older, larger barrels 10 months, 2015 has a floral & oak spice perfume, ripe cherry fruit, brisk acidity, firm but seamless tannins, a dry finish & great length. More 

Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson.


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The Winery of Good Hope Freedom Pinot Noir 2015

Radford Dale range
Category: Pinot noir

Perhaps a shade leaner but still excellent, 2015 has whiffs of scrubby fynbos & an earthy finish to frame Morello cherry fruit. 11 months in French oak, 10% new. WO Elgin, as next two. More 

Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson.


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