Crystal clear and brilliant straw with a background of luminous green. The characteristic bouquet of honeysuckle and rose water are unmistakable with the complexity added by a twist of fresh orange zest and sweet honey. The palate confirms what the nose promises with the floral flavours offering an initial sweetness while the perfectly-balanced acidity gives a crisp, dry impression at the end. Some litchi and kiwifruit characters come to the fore during the wines wonderfully-long finish. Zesty and vibrant in its youth, this wine has an enviable reputation of “ripening” exquisitely as it develops in complexity with cellaring for up to five years – and even longer for those who enjoy the subtleties of mature wines. An ideal companion to liver and fish pâtés and lightly spiced Asian dishes, it also makes a good partner to fruity desserts. 13% South Africa, Stellenbosch
Neethlingshof is perhaps the oldest wine estate in Stellenbosch. Grapes have been grown on Neethlingshof for more than 300 years or within 50 years of the Dutch East-India Company establishing a victualing station at the Cape to supply its passing ships.