Arendsig Inspirational Batch 2 Grenache 2015

The 2015 vintage of Chenin Blanc that Arendsig winemaker Lourens van der Westhuizen makes as part of his Inspirational Batch series is something particularly special (see here) but the Grenache from 2015 is also excellent. From grapes grown on Fraai Uitzicht, fermentation occurred spontaneously, half in open-top fermenters and half in 5000-litre vat, a 20% […]

May 10, 2016
by Christian
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Top six wines of April 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: B Vintners Liberté Pinotage 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mullineux White 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Porseleinberg 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Rall […]

May 1, 2016
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Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015

Whereas Lourens van der Westhuizen of Arendsig used to source grapes from Rawsonville for the Chenin Blanc he made under the Inspirational Batch 1 label, he utilised a Robertson vineyard for the 2015 and the wine is now signified as Inspirational Batch 3. Unapologetically oxidative in style (spontaneous fermented and matured for 10 months in […]

April 11, 2016
by Christian
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South Africa’s 10 most underrated wine producers

Why do some wineries attract all the hype and others go largely overlooked despite turning out of cracking wine? Here’s a list of 10 producers bubbling under, either established properties enjoying a resurgence after being off form or new operations set for the big time. Arendsig Lourens van der Westhuizen is working hard to demonstrate […]

January 14, 2016
by Christian
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Interview: Lourens van der Westhuizen of Arendsig

From the September issue of Business Day WANTED: Now 34, Lourens van der Westhuizen studied viticulture and oenology as well as pomology at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute. In 2003, he worked a harvest at Glen Carlou while the acclaimed David Finlayson was still there before heading to California to gain work experience. Upon his return, […]

September 8, 2015
by Christian
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Rivergold Chenin Blanc 2010

Lourens van der Westhuizen, winemaker at family-owned Robertson property Arendsig, makes an additional range of wines from sites further afield which he considers to show particular merit, these designated as “Inspirational Batch”. Yesterday a chance to re-visit the 2012 and 2013 vintages of Inspirational Batch 1 Chenin Blanc, made from an old Rawsonville vineyard. I […]

August 12, 2015
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Arendsig Viognier 1000 Vines 2014

Lourens van der Westhuizen, winemaker at Arendsig situated between Robertson and Bonnievale, is one of those producers who eschews submitting his wines to Platter’s. Is his kit worth seeking out? “Increasingly so” would be my answer, the Viognier 1000 Vines 2014 tasted most recently is particularly note-worthy. This is a wine which packs a punch […]

April 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: On Arendsig and the general state of Robertson

Robertson’s contribution to the Cape’s wine revolution of the past few decades has not been notable. True, amid the dullness are bright spots (some chardonnays and sparkling wines especially), though little really glitters apart from Graham Beck bubblies; there are a few decent estates (De Wetshof, Graham Beck, Springfield) but they’ve been around for a […]

February 9, 2015
by Tim James
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