World-class Noble Late Harvest examples produced from Sauvignon Blanc grapes by Bloemendal Wine Estate, De Grendel Wine Estate, Diemersdal Wine Estate and Durbanville Hills Winery showcases the excellence and diversity for which Durbanville is famous.
What better way to toast the chilly season than with a Noble Late Harvest from the Durbanville Wine Valley. The very best late harvest wines come from cool climate regions with moist nights, misty mornings and dry, sunny days. The Durbanville Wine Valley is world-renowned (especially for its Sauvignon Blanc wines) thanks in large part to its cool climate. Its cornerstone is not so much altitude as the region’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean – both providing late-harvest grapes with the ideal conditions for botrytis to work its wonders.
Part of the magic of the Durbanville Wine Valley is the array of wine styles it produces – there truly is a wine for every occasion and a style to suit every palate.
- BLOEMENDAL WINE ESTATE NOBLE LATE HARVEST 2020: Vibrant gold in colour, displaying typical botrytis characteristics in its rich bouquet, with notes of peach, citrus blossoms, caramel and tea leaves. On the palate, nuances of fynbos honey and dried fruit is balanced by a refreshing acidity. Available from the tasting room or online at R205 per bottle.
- DE GRENDEL WINE ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC NOBLE LATE HARVEST 2022: Barnyard straw, apricot kernel, decaying leaves and stewed fruit aromas abound. The medium-bodied palate offers ripe yellow stone fruit, grilled pineapple, lightly toasted coconut and passion fruit pulp with a lengthy tail. Exclusively available from the tasting room at R185 per bottle.
- DIEMERSDAL WINE ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC NOBLE LATE HARVEST 2023: Typical noble late characters on the nose with ripe tropical fruit, tangy dried fruit and hints of almond flavours. Full flavoured palate with a sweetness and a bright acidity in perfect balance. Available from the tasting room soon.
- DURBANVILLE HILLS WINERY CAPE HONEY BEE NOBLE LATE HARVEST 2022: Lively yellow gold in colour. On the nose, a delightful combination of dried apricots, guava, green fig and gooseberries with hints of honey followed by ripe peaches, gooseberries, and green fig preserve with a sweet finish of honey and guavas on the palate. Available from the tasting room at R165 per bottle.
While it’s tempting to sip these honeyed beauties as dessert on their own – the stone fruit, citrus and nutty characters of a Noble Late Harvest is pure delight when paired with sweet treats.