Vriesenhof Conservation Collection
We are proud to announce the first release in our new Conservation Collection. The maiden Conservation Collection Red Blend 2011 is a unique Bordeaux-style wine, specially crafted to launch our project aimed at helping raise funds for South Africa’s endangered wild-life.
A percentage of the proceeds from sales of the Conservation Red Blend 2011 will go towards conserving the white and black rhinoceros. The Conservation Collection envisages an annual release of a wine supporting efforts to protect different endangered species.
Nicky Claassens, wine maker at Vriesenhof, says conservation of nature is part of the Estate’s ethos.
“As wine makers we work and live in symbiosis with the fauna and flora of our direct environment,” says Claassens. “For us, managing the conservation of our farm and region is as important as our vineyards and wine making.”
But with the critical situation some of South Africa’s wildlife species face, the Vriesenhof team felt it only apt to extend their conservation efforts to this cause.
“The extinction of a species can have significant consequences for an ecosystem and thus for the natural environment of South Africa,” says Claassens. “It is therefore our duty to do what we can to help organisations at the coalface of protecting our country’s natural heritage. This year we have decided to support the organisations fighting the battle against rhino poaching, which is rapidly pushing them towards extinction.”
“Every bottle of wine which is sold will translate into a contribution to the conservation of an animal which ranks among the most endangered species on Earth” he says.
The Vriesenhof Conservation Red Blend 2011 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Merlot (35%) and Cabernet Franc (25%), from specially selected vineyards sites on the Vriesenhof Estate.
The wine was aged for 24 months in French oak, and left to gain further complexity in 4000l foudres for a further two years.
Claassens says the wine is classic in structure with dark fruits and cherries on the palate with aromas of mocha and pencil lead, lingering minerality on the finish. “It speaks of our terroir, is finely crafted and a wine that we are proud to associate with saving these vulnerable giants!”