Hoopenberg Wines is a quality driven, boutique wine farm situation in the Simonsberg Wine region which is a sub-region of the prestigious Stellenbosch Wine Region. Hoopeneberg wines is the only vineyard in the Cape Winelands where 100% of the wine originates from bush vines. This ensures more concentrated flavors and better expression of the terroir. The vineyards a great team of spirited individuals who bring passion and innovation to the winemaking and selling process, who's first priority is quality.
The winemaker sees her role as one of providing harmony to the vineyard, to capture and enhance the natural balance and quality that comes from a great vineyard sit, therefore producing world class wines for the consumer today.
Hoopenburg - Chardonnay 2011
The bunches were whole bunch pressed for 3 hours. The grapes come from bush vine ensuring concentrated flavors and best expression of terroir. The wine was barrel fermented in French oak barrels, which adds another layer of complexity and flavor to the wine. The wine was aged on full ferment less for 12 months with no malolactic fermentation, resulting in depth and complexity while maintaining a good balance of acidity. There was minimal bottonage and no racking. The wine was matured in 1st fill (35%), 2nd fill (30%), and 3rd (35%) fill French oak barrels
The wine has fresh apricots and citrus on the nose with hints of vanilla. On the palate the wine is round, soft bodied, and well balanced with a lingering limey texture.
ALC: 13.5% RS: 2.5g/l TA: 5.0 g/l pH: 3.45
Hoopenburg - Red Blend 2010
This is a blend of Syrah (36%), Mouvedre (36%), and Carignan (28%). The grapes were destemmed, without crushing and tipped into an open tank under carbon dioxide. The grapes were then cold soaked to ensure maximum flavor extraction for 10 days.This use of wild yeast in the wine allows the terroir to be best expressed though the wine. The wine was barrel fermented in 1st and 2nd fill barrels and were then matured in oak barrels for 18 months.
On the nose there are hints of mulberries and whiffs of cinnamon. There are also notes of dried herbs and liquorice with very subtle spices in the background. The wine is fruit forward at first, with a structured mid-palate, with silky savory tannins.
ALC: 14.5% RS: 1.9g/l TA: 6g/l pH: 3.55
This is made in the traditional Methode Cap Classique (Methode Champanoise) method. The wine is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. All the grapes come from the vineyards at Hoopenburg. The wine spent 15 to 18 months on the leasebefore disgorgement. The grapes were harvested at 19 to 19.5 Balling.
The wine is a typical champagne color, with a very fine, lively mousse. The nose has Granny Smith apple fruit complemented by yeasty dough and biscuit aromas. The palate is as lively, with a creamy balanced finish. The wine pairs well with a wide range of foods from cheese, seafood, salads, and pastries.
ALC: 12% pH: 3.22 RS: 2.5g/l TA: 5.8