Almenkerk Wine Estate is a small, family-owned wine estate, situated in the Elgin valley just east of Cape Town, South Africa.
The estate is owned by the Belgian/Dutch van Almenkerk family and run by Natalie and Joris van Almenkerk. Whilst Joris has fun making award-winning wines, Natalie is in charge of sales and marketing, PR and admin. Patriarch, Joep, helps out with sales, frequent wine tastings and as a mentor on the business side.
Almenkerk Lace Rosé 2017
Aromas of ripe strawberries & watermelon follow through on the palate. This rosé is dry & has a savoury finish which makes it a great partner to salads, lightly spicy dishes and herb-spice based cheeses. This is meant to be a serious rosé, one that shows the proper respect to the category. It is also a throwback to the rosés Joris and Natalie used to drink growing up - the south-of-France style, if you will. Rather than being overly fruity or sweet, this wine is more about texture & food pairing
Cultivar: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2017 shows upfront fruity aroma's of elderflower, gooseberry, passion fruit, white apricot and gunflint; built on natural acidity & a core of minerality. The wine has a rounded mouthfeel & lingering finish due to the extended lees contact. This wine pairs ideally with oysters, crayfish and fish while its acidity can cut through creamy sauces & cleanse the palate of spicy food.
Cultivar: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Almenkerk Chardonnay 2016
The complex nose leads with citrus, lemontree flower, white peach and fresh coconut complemented with a floral tone that underscores its minerality. The zesty palate is softened by the lees contact, leading to a lingering finish. Typical Elgin cool-climate elegance. This wine will complement fattier and rich fish dishes such as sashimi or prepared, as well as cooked shellfish. It works well with seared foie gras, complex salads and most cheeses.
Cultivar: 100% Chardonnay
Almenkerk Merlot 2014
The Almenkerk Merlot 2014 is upfront fruity, dominated by red fruit & blackcurrants, while supported by an attractive wooding. It has an unmistakable elegance & poise which follows through on the palate. The lingering graphite tannin structure and distinct minerality makes this a prime example of what cool climate Merlots can be like. This Merlot pairs excellently with lighter dishes such as quail, pheasant & pork
Cultivar: 100% Merlot
Almenkerk Syrah 2013
The Almenkerk Syrah 2013 has an upfront nose of blackberry & blackcurrant, underbuilt by savoury, meaty characters and a certain elegance that reflect Elgin’s cool climate. Complemented by gentle wooding & earthy and spicy tones. The violet undertones give away its cool climate origin. The palate shows clean fruit, spicy, meaty characters. It has a firm, medium bodied structure with a lingering finish. Our Syrah pairs excellently with reds meats, reductions sauces and refined stews or can be enjoyed on its own.
Cultivar: 100% Syrah
Almenkerk Noble Late Harvest 2014
Distinct flavours of dried peach, honeysuckle and turkish delight lifted by a freshness on the palate, typical of cool climate Elgin. Pair with Foie Gras, Cheese or Desert
Cultivar: 100% Sauvignon Blanc