The Christina range of wines from Van Loveren Family Vineyards in the Robertson Wine Valley, South Africa, are the perfect treat this Women’s day – why? Well when we hear of Van Loveren, we think Four Cousins (who are all men) and that’s a lot of dudes. But did you know that the very name “Van Loveren” is the idea of a woman?
The farm was originally called Goudmyn when it was purchased by Hennie Retief Snr and his wife, Jean, in 1937. The farm got subdivided into smaller sections and their farm was then given the name “Goudmyn F“. Now, “F” can stand for many things we can think of these days (LOL) and Jean Retief also didn’t like it – in those days it could stand for “fools and failures”. She didn’t like that!
Jean Retief had a bridal chest which was passed down from generation to generation. It belonged to one of her ancestors, Christina Van Loveren. Christina was married to the first Van Zyl to arrive in South Africa in 1692. The bridal chest is believed to still be on the farm to this day!And so, hence the new name of the farm called Van Loveren and the tribute to this woman, Christina.
I enjoyed three wines from this range…
First up was the Christina MCC. It had very good bubbles upon pouring and it wasnt too dry or creamy. It had more of a fresh style, with a vibrant zest on the palate. It’s 71% Chardonnay and 29% Pinot Noir having spent 9 months on the primary lees and then 22 months secondary. This MCC has recently won a 2017 Platter Guide 4 Stars and retails for R894 per case of 6 bottles. Here are the tasting notes: Christina van Loveren MCC
Next up was the 2016 Chardonnay. I was super impressed! It’s definitely one to look out for. It’s a single vineyard block with 4 months in 100% new French Oak Barrels. The result is a really well balanced palate of citrus and butter, grounded by a good (but not too potent) woodiness. You can see by the colour that it is not a woody chardonnay, yet the 4 months in new french oak barrels definitely added to the flavour of this wine. It’s recently won a 2017 Decanter International Awards and a 2017 Platter Guide 4 Stars. View the tasting notes here: Christina van Loveren Chardonnay
Finally I ended off with the 2015 Shiraz. At first it was a bit too spicy for me and I didn’t like it. I let it sit in the glass for a while and then all the flavours opened up wonderfully. I tried it with some braai meat and then again with some chocolate fudge. This is definitely a good food wine! It is also from a single vineyard of which the vines are 20 years old. It was matured for 14 months in 10% American and 90% French Oak barrels of which 30% is new oak. You can just see by the colour how full bodied it is. It had all the spice and perfume you need from a good Shiraz. Definitely decant this before drinking, or better still, wait another 3-5 years before opening. Here is the tasting notes: Christina van Loveren Shiraz
So which woman will you be spoiling this Women’s Day? 🙂
You can buy the wines online right HERE
You can read more about the Van Loveren Wine farm visits on my blog here: http://thewinegirlcapetown.co.za/the-garden-of-love-at-no-35800-van-loveren-wines-robertson/