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City-on-hill-red-blendCity on a Hill Wine Company
Red Blend
Swartland, South Africa

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The second of their “canvas wines” and the second vintage of this wine, City on a Hill Wine Co. used three varieties stretched across five vineyards. This wine remains the winery’s main focus in terms of red wine and this blend continues to grow in vineyards and varieties as they stretch their reach further across Swartland. The Red Blend has great structure, showing red and black fruit with their trademark Swartland fynbos and olive notes. Syrah dominates this blend followed by Tinta Barocca, and Cinsault.

Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Varietals: Syrah, Tinta Barocca, and Cinsault
RS: 1.9 g/L
TA:
5.2 g/L
pH:
3.65
Fermentation: Native Yeasts – 75% whole bunch
Vessels: Old 500 liter oak barrels
Year of Planting: 1968-1990’s
Soil Type: Decomposed granite, schist, & clay
Cultivation: Bush vines & trellised vineyards

ABOUT CITY ON A HILL WINE CO.:
City on a Hill Wine Company was started with one goal in mind: to make wine with freedom to explore and engage the vast terroirs and people that make up this beautiful region. The team was drawn to the rustic traits of the Swartland in the South Western part of South Africa – a location where you will rarely find landscaped vineyards or shiny farm gates, but rather an unforgiving landscape and people of the soil. The climate is hot and dry, and the conditions are becoming very extreme to farm in. Herein lies the beauty of the Swartland: a mix of old dry-land bush vines planted by previous generations, complimented by younger plantings of newer and experimental varieties, planted by this generation for the generations to come. City on a Hill Wine Co. has grown their offering to six wines. A lot of effort goes in to ensure constant improvement in all areas of grape growing and vinification. This is a lifelong task and something that the next generation will benefit from.
 


Last-of-the-First-WineFalse Bay Vineyards
Last of the First
Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Professor Perold’s creation, Pinotage, was propagated at Elsenburg College in 1935. In 1941 Myrtle Grove on the Schapenberg was chosen for the first commercial plantings. Today only one block remains on the Schapenberg — The Last of The First.

Completely different in style to inland Pinotage. The Last of The First is elegant, perfumed, graceful. It is luminescent dark cherry in color with earthy smells of lifted mulberry and damson plums. The taste is balanced with finely integrated tannins threading through from start to finish. It highlights morello cherry with a touch of earthiness. Drink now and over the next decade. Serve at 59ºF – pairs beautifully with duck.

Region: Schapenberg (W.O. Stellenbosch)
Varietal: Pinotage

Analysis: 13% alcohol / volume
RS: 1.5 g/L
TA:
4.9 g/L
Total SO2: 85 mg/l
Production: 1549 bottles

REGISTERED SINGLE VINEYARD:
A small and singular parcel of mature 1994 planted Bush Vine Pinotage measuring 1.3 hectares. This block is the last Pinotage grown on the ocean facing slopes of the Schapenberg, where the original commercial plantings of Pinotage took place. This rare little block is on a cooler, elevated south-facing slope, just 2.5 miles from False Bay. Due to the effect of incessant wind and the application of organic farming practices, the berry-size and yield is also tiny at just over 3 tons/ha or 20 hl/ha. The up-side, however, is healthy grapes with excellent balanced concentration. Good things really do come in small packages.

WINEMAKING:
Grapes are handpicked, sorted and fermented whole bunch with wild yeasts in a small open top oak fermenter, using regular, manual-punch downs during the fermentation process. The wine is left on the skins and stems for 31 days, then is pressed off in a basket press before being transferred to three old 600 liter barrels. Here, the wine goes through a maturation period of 16 months before bottling without fining with only the lightest of filtrations.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Named after South Africa’s most iconic bay, which frames much of the country’s premium wine-lands, False Bay Vineyards, was born from a desire to make ‘real’ wine affordable. It is a sister company to Waterkloof Winery. In 1994, well before Waterkloof was founded, Paul Boutinot came to the Western Cape to seek grapes from balanced, yet under-appreciated vineyards. These vineyards would soon be lost to large co-operative blends that were dominating South Africa’s wine industry at that time. Paul transformed these Cape gems into wines with minimum intervention – something unusual for the time. He chose to organically farm using wild yeast ferments and no acid additions. Today, ingredients remain the same using beautiful coastal fruit, old vines, wild yeasts and additions avoided. Learn more here.

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Bacon-wrapped Venison Tenderloin with Garlic Cream Sauce

bacon wrapped tenderloinINGREDIENTS:
• 6 thick slices bacon
• 2 (3/4 pound) venison tenderloin roasts (can be substituted)
• 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
• ¼ teaspoon onion powder, divided
• kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 (8 ounce) package sliced cremini mushrooms
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 tablespoon chopped green onion, or more to taste
• ½ cup heavy whipping cream, or more to taste

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 375 ℉.
• Place bacon on a slotted baking pan.
• Bake bacon in the preheated oven until partially cooked but still flexible, 6 to 8 minutes.
• Brush venison tenderloins with olive oil and season with onion powder, salt and black pepper. Place tenderloin roasts side by side and wrap them together in strips of partially cooked bacon. Place into a roasting pan.
• Roast until bacon is browned and an instant-read meat thermometers inserted into the thickest part of a tenderloin reads at least 145℉, about 1 hour.
• Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms and garlic in hot butter until mushrooms are soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir green onion into mushroom mixtures; pour in cream. Cook, stirring often, until sauce is heated through. Serve sauce with tenderloins.
© Recipe courtesy of Huntmom at Allrecipes.com © Photo by DIZ&#9829

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Arendsig
Solara Block 4 Guinea Fowl
Pinotage
South Africa

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The western cape of South Africa is one of the most terroir-diverse places, with the oldest viticulture soils and two oceans influencing the climate and endless mountain ranges carving out numerous micro-climates. Founded in 1853, Robertson is dubbed the ‘valley of vines and roses’’ with similar temperatures ranges as Napa Valley, California. These certified organic grapes come from the Hout Baai Farm in the McGregor mountain river valley, a ward of the Robertson wine region, in harmony with nature and a sanctuary for all wild creatures who by their presence create the balance that adds uniqueness to the viticulture. Years of nurturing the land and dedication to preserving it, have established an environment of value to the planet. This single vineyard wine is made with minimal interference, fermentation with natural and approved yeasts.

winemaker Lourens Van Der Westhuizen“Red fruit, cherries, cranberry and spice with vibrant aromatics, showing a young and fresh side of Pinotage. Rich and youthful mouthfeel with a burst of fruit and juicy tannins. Aged eleven months on the lees in 8-10 year old French oak barrels..” – Lourens Van Der Westhuizen, Winemaker

Winemaker: Lourens Van Der Westhuizen
Appellation: Robertson, South Africa
Varietal: 100% Pinotage
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed & approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

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