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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
by Christian
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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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Mimosa Hess Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

I’ve never eaten at Mimosa Lodge in Montagu where Swiss-born chef-patron Bernhard Hess presides but the prospect of a bottle of Mimosa Hess Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 (R120 a bottle) with some good grub is an enticing one. Hess makes wines under the Mimosa label together with Lourens van der Westhuizen of Arendsig and the […]

February 26, 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
with 19 Comments

Star Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Star Hill vineyards are planted on the Tradouw Highlands, a plain 723m above sea level on the Langeberg mountains between Montagu and Barrydale and an official Wine of Origin designation. Vinfication is by Robertson’s Lourens van der Westhuizen and he’s come up with a really smart Sauvignon Blanc 2014. An entirely attractive herbal top note […]

August 6, 2014
by Christian
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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

Esona Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

The Esona vineyards are in Robertson and the wines are made at Arendsig by Lourens van der Westhuizen. Scores and tasting notes for two of its current release wines below: Esona Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010: 15/20 Price: R68 Citrus, vanilla and slight buttery note on the nose and palate. Medium bodied. Unassuming and entirely likeable. […]

November 8, 2012
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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