Metzer Family Wines was established in 2006. Their mission is to produce wines that are expressive and individual, employing artisanal, non-interventionist principles in the vinification process. The guiding principle driving this process is that the wine-making must always respect the fruit. On the red side the focus is largely on Syrah as they believe few red grape varieties, are capable of responding so articulately to different terroirs; while few grape varieties have such a perfect balance of masculine and feminine qualities. In terms of white varieties, their passion is Chenin blanc. With its versatility and immense range of flavours, it is a variety which lends itself so naturally to minimalist winemaking.
Their grapes are ethically cultivated, respecting both the environment and human resources. In the cellar, a great emphasis is placed on the minimum handling of fruit, and no mechanical interventions with pumps, filters and reverse osmosis machines are ever used in the process. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts, alive on the grapes and resident in the cellar, lead to long, stable extraction times. Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve the "life-forces" from vineyard to bottle.
The wine offers an understated bouquet that unfolds delicately in the glass, with hints of crème brulee, apricot blossom and and yellow stone fruits. The palate is wellbalanced and offers more of a textural experience than overt flavors. It has a vibrant mineral core with a touch of citrus on the finish leaving the mouth tingling after the wine has departed.
Cultivar: 100% Chenin Blanc
Metzer Wines Cinsault 2017
The wine shows delicate flavors of ripe cherries, herbs and peppery spice as well as a hint of Turkish Delight. Despite its delicacy, the palate is firm and concentrated with fine dry tannins. An extremely versatile food wine that compliments everything from shellfish to white meats and on to aged cheeses.
Cultivar: 100% Cinsault
What’s in a name? Actually more than you think and the Kitchen Sink bears testimony to this. How did the wine get its name?
The phrase "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" is thought to have originated during World War II when all things metal, including household items, were donated to the war effort to be melted down and converted into helmets and weapons. The only objects left out were porcelain sinks.
The phrase has since become a modern day maxim for herculean efforts. We go to a lot of effort to seek out and source grapes from all corners of the Cape of Good Hope. We get a thrill from taking the road less travelled and going beyond the next hill to discover an obscure vineyard. And sometimes we’ve been lucky enough to stumble upon undiscovered gems which have truly blown us away.
Before we go any further, lets just be clear on one thing;
Wine should be fun, at least we think so. During harvest time we laugh a lot and do a lot of whacky things, we drink craft beer to keep cool and listen to Bob Dylan to help navigate the day. And when the cellar fills up we’ve been known to ferment grapes in pretty much anything that is water-tight. Tubs, bins, clay pots and yes you guessed it… sinks!
The vineyards’ pure fruit quality radiates pineapple, peach and citrus avours. The bright yellow fruit follows through on the palate which is marked by a rich texture and a soft, balanced acidity.
The wine has a persistent finish showing subtle hints of vanilla and orange blossom.
Cultivar: 100% Chenin Blanc
A defined bouquet of ripe red fruits underscored by aromas of plums, white pepper and potpourri spice.The palate is full bodied and pure with subtle notes of blood orange, incense and tree bark all neatly wound by a fresh acidity and ripe supple tannins.
Cultivar: 71% Shiraz; 8% Grenache; 7% Cinsault; 7% Mourvedre; 4% Sangiovese; 3% Viognier.