Brutus Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016

By , 27 November 2016



Vivian Kleynhans (née Brutus) and siblings (six sisters and one brother) hail from West Coast fishing village Paternoster. They founded African Roots Wine Brands in 2005, the first label to be established being Seven Sisters, constituting various entry-level wines, total production now some 110 000 bottles.

In 2009, the family was awarded a barren piece of land in Stellenbosch and set about establishing 3ha of Chardonnay and 2ha of Shiraz plus a function facility and tasting room. Ivan Oertle, previously wine buying manager for Woolworths and now consultant, recently got involved in the establishment of a reserve range. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:

Brutus Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Sisters are doing it for themselves.

Brutus Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Price: R80
Majority of fruit from Eikendal but a portion from the Seven Sisters farm. Matured for eight months in second- and third-fill barrels. A hint of reduction before pear, citrus and a hint of vanilla. Creamy in texture and possessing moderate acidity make for a very appealing drop.

#WinemagRating: 89/100.

Brutus Family Reserve Shiraz 2015
Price: R100
Majority of fruit from Neil Ellis Vineyards but a portion from the Seven Sisters farm. Matured for 15 months in French oak, 20% new. More red than black fruit plus smoked meat and spice. Juicy and fresh with soft tannins – unfussy and entirely likeable.

#WinemagRating: 88/100.

John Brutus Reserve 2014
Price: R125
33% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot. Grapes sourced from the Vera Cruz property of Delheim. Matured for 19 months in French oak, 20% new. Red fruit, herbs plus attractive oak. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Classically styled, the finish dry but not unduly astringent.

#WinemagRating: 88/100.

The public launch takes place at 11.00 on 17 December.  For more information, call 071 049 4109.

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    Elizabeth Powers | 2 January 2017

    Hello, where can I purchase some of your red wine? I am in northeastern Massachusetts. A dear friend of mine lost her 13 yr old dog named Brutus. He was a huge part of their family and they miss him dearly. I’d love to present them with a bottle or two of red wine to honor Brutus’ memory. If I can’t purchase it locally, can I order a bottle or two on-line?

    Thank you!
    Elizabeth Powers

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