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Six of our first-class wines

Six of our first-class wines

There’s no shortage of superb wine estates and wine in South Africa. As the seventh-biggest wine producer in the world with almost 600 wine farms, the country offers wine lovers here and abroad endless choices. Pick n Pay, in its continued efforts to support the local wine industry, has partnered with first-class wine farms and producers to create exclusive ranges of wines that suit the palates and pockets of South African consumers. These are six of the first-class wines available.

By Fresh Living

…delivering bold, quality wines to the consumer

1. Jacques-Steytler

Wine philosophy
Fourth-generation winemaker Danie Steytler and wine industry entrepreneur Jacques Steenkamp grew up in the Cape Winelands, and it’s here that their passion for the industry began. Their collaboration, Jacques-Steytler, was developed with the vision of supporting the entire supply chain – winegrowers and local communities – and, ultimately, delivering bold, quality wines to the consumer.

Varietal focus
Jacques-Steytler offers a wide range of white- and red-wine varietals to cater to consumers’ different taste profiles. Each varietal has a different colour band on the label, echoing the various role players in the value chain who have contributed to the final product.

2. Jacques Mouton

Wine philosophy
Jacques Mouton arrived at the Cape Colony on 20 July 1699 aboard the ship Donkervliet. After many productive years living and working on Steenwerk farm (named after his hometown Steenwerck in France) near Porterville, he passed away in 1731. Jacques Mouton wines honour him and the French Huguenots who influenced the future of winemaking in South Africa, making winemaking an important contributor to the economy of the region.

Varietal focus
The Jacques Mouton wine range consists of three varietals: Chardonnay for whites, and Shiraz and Malbec for reds. The range – Madeleine Chardonnay, Antoinette Bordeaux blend and Marguerite Merlot – is named after Mouton’s daughters. All three wines are complex, yet elegant and beautifully balanced.

3. L’Avenir

Wine philosophy
L’Avenir’s rich history dates back to the late 1600s, when the Cape’s European settlers identified it for grape growing. In 1992, Mauritian businessman Mark Wiehe purchased the farm, renaming it L’Avenir. He appointed former pharmacist François Naudé as winemaker, and the estate swiftly gained recognition for its distinctive Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. In 2005, L’Avenir was acquired by Michel Laroche, owner of the prestigious Laroche property in Chablis, France.

Varietal focus
L’Avenir is a leading Stellenbosch boutique winery that specialises in South Africa’s emblematic varietals: Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. Situated 4km from Stellenbosch on the slopes of Simonsberg, the estate is in the heart of South Africa’s most revered wine appellation.

4. Le Bonheur

Wine philosophy
Le Bonheur’s history dates back to the 1700s when it was a resting place for travellers and traders – a beautiful, welcome respite complete with natural spring waters. The original owners, the French Huguenot De Villiers family, fittingly named it Le Bonheur, which means happiness. All the grapes are hand harvested, and traditional winemaking methods are applied, with a strong French influence. The farm prides itself on producing full-bodied, classically styled wines.

Varietal focus
Le Bonheur has a truly diverse selection of excellent wines. The estate has some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Stellenbosch, which contributes to the depth and complexity of these wines.

5. Kaapzicht

Wine philosophy
Kaapzicht is a fourth-generation family farm, which the Steytler family have owned and run since 1946. Driven by their passion for living in harmony with nature and the broader community, they produce top-quality wines on the farm, which has a spectacular view of Table Mountain, hence the name. The mild climate, cool sea breezes and old, weathered granite soils are integrated into every bottle of the exquisite wines they produce, adding depth and complexity.

Varietal focus
Kaapzicht offers an impressive selection of award-winning wines to choose from, with the primary focus on Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. The farm has the second oldest Chenin Blanc block in South Africa, proven to yield some of the best-quality grapes, and both the Pinotage and Chenin Blanc consistently feature in the top 10 Pinotage and top 10 Chenin Blanc awards.

6. Land’s End – Du Toitskloof

Wine philosophy
Land’s End is the oldest brand in the Cape Agulhas region. As producer of this Cape South Coast wine, Du Toitskloof sources grapes from the most southerly vineyards in Africa. The long days and moderate temperatures during ripening result in unique varietal expressions. Low yields and the achievement of true physiological ripeness at moderate alcohol levels with high natural acidity make Land’s End a pleasurable drinking experience and add to the ageing potential of the wines.

Varietal focus
Land’s End is an authentic Cape South Coast brand, noted for its Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. It is the first brand from the Cape Agulhas and Elim wine region to produce wine for retail in 2-litre BIB (bag in box) packaging.

A note from Pick n Pay: Our commitment to supporting the South African wine industry is at the heart of our initiative to seek out and select exclusive ranges, especially with the Pick n Pay customer in mind. By listening to our customers, learning what they are looking for and applying the latest trend insights, we are able to create a unique point of difference for our shoppers.

Our quest is then to identify wine estates that can not only deliver exceptional quality at the best price, but which also share similar core values and business principles. As a team passionate about wine, we believe that working with producers results in a more meaningful wine offering for our Pick n Pay customers.

We are proud and excited to introduce our ever-expanding range of exclusive wines, with more in the pipeline. Pick n Pay remains dedicated to exerting a positive influence on all the communities we touch. In keeping with this goal, our exclusive wine ranges contribute to the benefit and upliftment of many communities.

To stay updated on the more exclusive ranges, special offers, events and perfect food and wine pairings, sign up to the Pick n Pay Wine Club. You’ll be playing your part in supporting the local wine industry.

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