Acclaimed Top Red Blend in Individual, …
Long-awaited Beyerskloof Faith 2007 released
There was really no question that the top-end wine chosen to define Beyerskloof’s future and aspirations would include pinotage in the selected blend. Owner and cellar master Beyers Truter, after all, is the foremost proponent of the indigenous South African grape, and has been punting the concept of a Cape blend, featuring pinotage, for some time. Now, putting product to proposal, the well-known Stellenbosch winery has launched a high-end red blend comprising various noble varietals and pinotage. Beyerskloof Faith 2007 is set to be, together with the five-star Diesel Pinotage, launched last year, the cellar’s flagship wines.
Truter sees these wines as defining the future style and quality benchmarks of the winery. Beyerskloof Faith 2007 missed, by half a star, a five-star rating in the 2010 Platter wine, which described the wine as “harmonious, refined, yet luxurious’. The wine has already evoked international interest, based also on the winery’s just over two decade track record. Truter says the wine, while following his thinking on Cape red blends, is an ultimate and polished expression of what the vineyards of this prestige property deliver when optimally tended and harvested. He believes that the blend expresses also something very individual and local, a signal perhaps to others working in this direction.
“This Cape blend pays tribute to the soil in which Beyerskloof’s finest grapes grow, in the belief that if nature is trusted, great wine will confidently result.” That belief is not only reflected in the choice of name of this new wine, but is literally affixed to the elegantly-packaged, heavy-duty bottle on the label. In a unique, state-of-the-art process, the word ‘Faith’ on the front is printed with the actual gravel sourced from the vineyard and its special terroir. In other words, each bottle released carries a few grains of real Beyerskloof soil with it. The name of the new top red wine also reflects Beyers Truter’s personal religious convictions, and is also used for the winery’s trust that reach out to help the local community with the afflictions of fetal alcohol syndrome.
Substantial amounts of money from these wine sales are directed towards this. Beyerskloof Faith 2007 comprises a blend of cabernet sauvignon (30%), merlot (30%), pinotage (20%) and shiraz (20%), selected from the best ten barrels. It spent 21 months in new top-class French oak, and is being released in a limited quantity of 400 cases of six. It retails at R400 from the cellar in Stellenbosch. Truter agrees with the Platter wine guide that the wine is destined for the long haul and may be cellared for many years. He says this kind of complexity, finesse, broadness of palate, depth and length is obtained when all components are carefully harmonised and terroir respected. The wine is finely and classically balanced, with, as the Platter guide describes it “pepper, iodine, sweet berries and refreshing acidity wrapped in opulent oak”. Ultimately, Beyerskloof Faith 2007 is an expression too of confidence in local wine potential and expertise. Says Beyers Truter: “Beyerskloof Faith 2007 reflects an optimism that, in harmony, this individual-expressive and complex Cape wine will deliver the finesse, length and ageability pledged by the original nurtured terrain.”