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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
with 8 Comments

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
with 4 Comments

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
by Christian
with 0 Comments

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
with 0 Comments

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
with 19 Comments

Treasure Hunter Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Colyn Truter, independent wine marketer, thinks that the general failure on the part of the South African wine industry to focus on provenance is eroding margins and turning the product into a commodity. He represents five farms, namely Arendsig (situated in Robertson), Bloemendal (in Durbanville), Druk My Niet (in Paarl), Journey’s End (on Sir Lowry’s […]

February 26, 2014
by Christian
with 3 Comments

CE’s top 12 wines of 2013

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2013. Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 Made from a Rawsonville Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1972. Along with Opstal Carl Everson 2012, emphatic proof that excellence can be had from the “other side of the mountain”. Beeslaar Pinotage 2012 Abrie Beeslaar starts his own label and comes […]

December 2, 2013
by Christian
with 6 Comments

Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012

Lourens van der Westhuizen, who makes some pretty handy wines under the Arendsig label from grapes grown on the family farm in Robertson, has just released a top-end Chenin Blanc from the 2012 vintage. Grapes in this instance come from Rawsonville – a block of bush vines planted in 1972. Slightly less than one hectare […]

June 28, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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