What to make of Yonder Hill, the farm situated on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West? Frikkie and Danila Naudé acquired it in 1997 and it’s steadily trucked along since then without really every scaling any great heights of quality.
It’s a small farm with only some 6ha under vine, the experienced Abé Beukes in charge of winemaking since the 2014 harvest.
During a media visit today, we were treated to some vintages of the easy drinking Bordeaux-style red blend called Inanda. The oldest wine on show was the 2008, which was rated 4 Stars in Platter’s and also won a silver medal at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, back in the day and was just about holding on – red fruit and some tomato cocktail (score: 85/100). Not bad for a wine that originally sold for R75 a bottle.
The current vintage 2013 is a blend of 47% Cabernet Franc, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 32% Petit Verdot. It can’t be said to possess great refinement (it feels heavily extracted and the acidity is quite tart) but it’s not too expensive at R85 and there are definitely worse wines out there at the equivalent price.