Alfresco Spanish inspired dining in Africa 😍🌍 I paired the Stellenzicht Thunderstone Red 2018 with this tomato and chorizo sausage soup 👌 The Stellenzicht Wines Thunderstone Red is a red blend of Cinsaut, Shiraz and Cab. R165 a bottle and Platter’s 2021 4 ½ Stars. I thoroughly enjoyed the pairing as the soup was a little spicy and creamy which complimented this robust wine perfectly!
Delicate perfume and intricate aromatics. Prominent red berry fruits,
cherries and savoury spices. The palate is medium-bodied brimming
with freshness and juicy red fruits. Hints of sweet spice and lacy
tannins give this wine a soft finish.
“This fruit-driven wine with delicate tannin is the perfect blend of history and finesse.
Made to be enjoyed with friends.”
Stellenzicht Thunderstone Red in the Cellar
The grapes were hand-harvested in the morning. Approximately 30% of the grapes are either whole bunch fermented or co-fermented with some added whole bunches. During the 7-10 days of fermentation, the wines were pumped over three times a day. Some of the grapes received extended skin contact after fermentation before it was pressed and racked to barrel. This wine is matured in French oak barrels for up to 18 months, before blending and bottling.
Stellenzicht was acquired four years ago by Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein, a renowned German wine collector with a passion for South Africa. An experienced wine team was assembled, and studies of the soils, ideal varieties, and history initiated.
Upgrades were set in motion that included the removal of alien vegetation, re-establishing indigenous wilderness species and an intense focus on the wines. A vine re-planting programme was conceived with the help of renowned viticulturists Dawid Saayman and the late Prof. Eben Archer. The cultivars that were settled on as Stellenzicht flagbearers were Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the process however, something unusual emerged. Strangely shaped rocks, uncovered on the site as land was prepared, suggested a tale that was even older than the farm’s contemporary history. These rocks were later determined to be Acheulean hand-axes, ancient pear-shaped stone tools named after the French region where they were first discovered.
“It was a lightbulb moment,” says winemaker L’Ré Burger, who joined the property in 2017. “Irrespective of changing ownerships and farming activities, the rocks have stood the test of time. Now they speak through the wines.”
Where to buy
Stellenzicht wines are for sale directly from the website and are being rolled out to leading specialist retailers across the country. A visitor experience at the farm is on the cards, although current focus has been on the vineyards and production of exceptional wines.
Acheulean Red 2018 sells for R875/bottle – with just 500 six-bottle cases available; the Acheulean Chardonnay 2020, R450, with 250 cases available; the Arenite Syrah 2018 and Tristone Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, R225/bottle; and Silcrete Cinsault 2019, R300/bottle.
The Thunderstone Red 2018 sells for R165/bottle; and the Thunderstone Chardonnay 2020 at R105/bottle.
For more information, visit www.stellenzicht.com. Stellenzicht may also be contacted by email on email@example.com or 021 880 1103.
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