Whilst they may claim a heritage that extends back to 1688, the real story here began in 1997 when Dana Buys, in partnership with his brother Etienne bought this stupidly beautiful estate between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. When the neighbouring farm of Wolve Kloof came onto the market shortly thereafter Dana scarcely hesitated before adding that to the family property portfolio and, in so doing, restoring the boundaries of the property as they had existed in 1783. Subsequently, they have acquired 57 hectares in the slightly cooler climate of Elgin where the focus is on Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Pinot Noir.
Winemaker, Susan Erasmus has developed a broad but uniformly impressive range covering a wide range of styles from just off-dry Riesling to a strikingly good Bordeaux blend – Boet Erasmus; this latter wine is one of three from the estate to find its way into the 2017 SA Top 100.
85% of the estate’s wines are currently sold on their domestic market – here’s hoping that we can tweak that number and see sales in the UK reflecting the quality and value on offer.
Vrede en Lust has been producing Viognier from Simonsberg Paarl region since 2007 and in 2010 the first crop of Viognier from Elgin were harvested. As the vineyards matured we noticed that the two styles (warmer and cooler) complement each other when it comes to wine style and since 2012 only one Viognier has been produced under the the Vrede en Lust range.
A collaboration of terroirs – this wine showcases the best of both worlds. The abundant aromatics from Simonsberg-Paarl, with the more refined aromas and intricate spice palate of the Elgin fruit.
Stone fruit aromas with hints of orange blossom on the nose. Delicate notes of spice with creaminess on the palate, beautifully balanced by judicious use of oak.
A highly terroir expressive cultivar, this Riesling is produced in a typical German kabinett style with an off-dry residual sugar.
The fruit for this wine is sourced from the Vrede en Lust Elgin farm, Casey’s Ridge. Most Rieslings are consumed when they are young, showing the most aromatic characteristics.
The Riesling is an elegantly styled and fragrant wine with notes of honey and minerals followed by lingering citrus flavours.
Thursday 9th August
£20 per person
Karlin Nel, head winemaker at Vrede en Lust in South Africa’s Western Cape will be conducting a tasting of her wines on Wednesday August 9th from 6.30 pm in Connolly’s Wine Shop nestled at the rear of Arch 13, on Livery Street. The tasting will be accompanied by a range of cheeses and charcuterie from Arch 13’s near-legendary fridge.
NB: No physical tickets will be sent out. Your name will be added to the event guest list held at the store.
The White Mischief is a 6-cultivar white blend made from selected grapes from Vrede en Lust’s Elgin farm, Casey’s Ridge. It showcases the cooler climate aromas of the cultivar, with focus on how they complement one another.
An abundance of tropical fruit and floral notes on the nose followed by hints of white pear and fruit salad on the palate. Soft, beautifully balanced mouth-feel.
The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc showcases the expression of fruit from the Vrede en Lust Elgin farm, Casey’s Ridge.
The Sauvignon Blanc shows typical cooler climate aromas with flint notes and an abundance of flavours including grass, granadilla, gooseberry and hints of blackcurrant. The wine is perfectly balanced with intense minerality and a smooth finish.
What started as a beautiful gesture between a father and his daughter on her 16th birthday, has grown into one of Vrede en Lust’s biggest success stories over the past decade.
The playfully pink Jess rosé has a delicious bouquet and over-delivers on quality. Light bodied and bursting with aromas, this wine is characterized by its crisp style and fruity palate. The Jess displays aromas of fresh strawberry, raspberry and watermelon fruit with floral notes and a smooth finish.
The Lady J Syrah is made from Shiraz grapes and is the perfect example of how fruit from two different terroirs can harmonize to create a beautiful wine, showcasing the best of both regions. This appealing Shiraz is an elegant wine with supple fruit and spice balance prompting the name change to Syrah. The grapes were picked by hand, the selected blocks fermented separately and only blended after maturation.
The Shiraz grapes from Simonsberg-Paarl showcase violet and plums, whilst the Elgin grapes bring in a darker character with spicy notes and black pepper. Smooth tannins on the palate confirm the promise of this elegant wine. Velvet textured layers follows through to a juicy mouth-feel.
Boet Erasmus was Dana & Etienne Buys', owners of Vrede en Lust, maternal grandfather. He played a major role in their lives and also introduced them to fine wines. It should therefore come as no surprise that the Vrede en Lust flagship red wine was named after this remarkable man.
Very primary on the nose – lifted red and black fruit, tobacco and vanilla plus a little earthiness. Full bodied with pure fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish long and savory. Poised and understated, this has a good future ahead of it.