In the wake of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918, an orphanage Die Herberg was built by the Robertson community for the destitute children of the area. In 2003, a 5ha piece of farmland belonging to the orphanage was converted to vineyard, all planting material, soil preparation and irrigation donated by members of the local community. The concept was to make wine to be sold in aid of the children, and maiden vintage 2008 was made by Abrie Bruwer of Springfield.
A blend of 37% Cabernet Franc, 37% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine spent 12 months in French oak. On the nose, red fruit, some floral fragrance and a hint of herbaceousness. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Overall, it comes across as austere and classically styled. Score: 15.5/20.
It sells for R65 a bottle – there are far less accomplished wines out there at that price plus you get a warm, fuzzy feeling for helping the kids of Die Herberg. For more information, see Thunderchild.co.za