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“The name Welgemeend  is synonymous with the Hofmeyr family who started the vineyard in 1974. Originally the farm at Klapmuts was called Monte Video. The original deed signed by Simon van der Stel on 10 September 1692 hangs proudly on the tasting room wall. It was renamed by the well known wine connoisseur after the last working vineyard in the Cape Town city boundaries which was owned by the Hofmeyr family. Billy Hofmeyer arranged the vineyard according to traditional plantings in areas of France, replacing some of the older vines with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Subsequent plantings were of Pinotage, Grenache and Shiraz to produce a Rhône-styled blend with a South African slant.”

The Amade is crimson red in colour with a slight purple rim, indicating the youth of the wine. The nose is filled with fresh red berries, rose and aromatic pepper.

The palate echoes these elements with mulberries and intense wild berries, ripe plums and sweet spicy toasted notes on the mid palate. The long, fill aftertaste displays wild berries and barely discernible elements of dark chocolate. Silky soft tannins and fresh acidity lends structure and balance. It can be served slightly chilled. The Amadé is aged in 3rd and 4th fill barrels for a year allowing the integration of the tannins and mellowing of the flavours.

Welgemeend wine is something of beauty, something personal and exciting.

This wine drinks well now and can be aged for 4–5 years..

63% Shiraz; 21% Grenache; 16% Pinotage

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