Haute Cabrière has been a firm favourite of mine for many years now. Not only is it great value for money, but you can find this wine just about everywhere. I tried the new vintage of Unwooded Pinot Noir and a Chard/Pinot blend which has received a rather classy packaging upgrade.
This Franschhoek-based winery, with its iconic setting on the scenic Franschhoek Pass, has been specialising in wines produced from the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varietals since the brand’s inception in the early 1990s.
According to family matriarch Hildegard von Arnim, 1994 was an unusually dry and warm harvest, and the hand-picking of the grapes could not be done fast enough, which led to a harvest with a higher sugar content. This produced a wine with a higher than usual alcohol content, quite unsuitable to be used for the base wine of their Pierre Jourdan Méthode Cap Classique range, as it would normally have been done.
Founder and then Cellar Master Achim von Arnim, decided to bottle this Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend as a still wine, which was unheard of at the time. From that day onward, the wine experienced a cult following both locally and internationally.
‘We like to think of this wine as South Africa’s original Chardonnay Pinot Noir – sunshine in a bottle,’ says Hildegard von Arnim. The range also includes a light and elegant Pinot Noir Unwooded, and the highly acclaimed Pinot Noir Reserve.
The Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir’s iconic status is highlighted with its distinct golden yellow screwcap, which draws on the range’s inspiration from Burgundy. This rich history has led the brand to adopt this signature yellow as theHaute Cabrière brand colour. Haute Cabrière has worked closely with an experienced design team to refresh the logo and packaging, paying tribute to the past while remaining timeless and elegant.
The Chardonnay Pinot Noir pairs well with Mediterranean dishes and is available from the cellar at R90 per bottle.
The Pinot Noir Unwooded 2018 pairs well with cured duck breast, tomato-based pastas or any dish served with a vinaigrette and is available from the cellar at R90 per bottle.