Buitenverwachting

Buitenverwachting

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The Buitenverwachting estate, established in 1796, was originally planted by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape and the founder of South Africa as we know it today. It was originally part of the larger Constantia estate which split by Simon’s son into three parts, the others being Groote & Klein Constantia. Lars Maack and his talented winemaker, Hermann Kirschbaum’s approach is diametrically opposed to the “show young, die early” school with attractive but shortterm fruit but no site specific character. This is particularly apparent in the way their Sauvignons evolve over time. The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc is drinking beautifully at the moment with so much depth of flavour, minerality, balance elegance and length - not what we generally associate with a sauvignon. All of their wines are at a quality level well above their price point.

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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