The Beaumont Winery is a family run vineyard situated in the quaint village of Bot River in the Walker Bay area of the south west Cape of South Africa. Jayne and Raoul Beaumont bought the farm Compagnes Drift in 1974 and set about replanting the vineyards. However, the legacy of creating wines in the farm cellar under the family name was only initiated some years later.
Since then the wines have born the crest of the Beaumont family. Originally found in the family signet ring, the roaring lion represents honour and courage and serves as a symbolic message of balance – a quality synonymous with their wines. The crest pays homage to their roots and represents the connection between farmland and family. Jayne and Raoul’s son, Sebastian Beaumont, is the present winemaker at the farm.
We always love visiting the Beaumont family on their delightful wine farm staying in an old converted cowshed, swimming in the picturesque dam and enjoying the walking trails and wild flowers of the Estate, as well as tasting some fantastic wines. Sebastian Beaumont, the Viticulturist and winemaker, specialises in old vine Chenin Blanc, Mourvedre, Shiraz, Pinotage, a Bordeaux blend and even some “port” style wines.
Beaumont Wine Estate
Bot River, Western Cape
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Beaumont Family Wines
Beaumont Family Wines are supplied by Newton Wines
Chenin Blanc 2019
Picked early to preserve freshness, which also results in low alcohol. A very slow and cool fermentation separately with different yeast strains for more complexity and then blended after fermentation. After maturation on the lees for 6 months it was fined, filtered and bottled. Very punchy aromatics filled with loads of tropical fruit, citrus and fennel. Fruit driven palate with a sweet sour tang and great balance.Grapes: Chenin Blanc Alcohol: 13%
Hope Marguerite 2018/19
Only fruit selected from Beaumont’s oldest Chenin vineyards is used for this wine. This is a great food wine that promises ageing ability. The wine has a fresh green glint, with dried apricot, green melon and a delicate cinnamon spice on the nose. It displays hints of ripe green apple, dried apricot and almond on mid-palate. Well-integrated oak with limey freshness and a lingering rich finish.
This wine consistently wins awards, with Platters awarding 5 stars for eight out of ten vintages including the 2016 and 2017.
Constable House Red 2016
The Beaumont Constable House blend consists of the two varietals that work exceptionally well together namely Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. In this vintage Beaumont have added a small amount of Tinta Barocca and Petit Verdot. It is aged for 14 months in old oak barrels.
Lots of bramble and plum fruit combine with spice flavours and mellow tannins to make this a lovely alround wine. Works beautifully with game casserol or a braii.
A consistent 4 star winner in Platter.
The Beaumont Pinotage has been beautifully crafted with 24 months in 25% American and 75% French oak. 35% new oak was selected for the final wine. This is the perfect example of elegance and finesse which can be found in Pinotage. Red berries, plums and cherries on the nose, followed by a palate of excellent balance, structure and appealing sweet berry ripeness. As the wine ages autumn flavours become more apparent. It will keep for up to 10 years.
Jancis Robinson wrote that the 2011 vintage was one of the best Pinotages she had ever tasted.Grapes: Pinotage Alcohol: 14%
Beaumont Dangerfield Syrah 2017
This Syrah gets its name from a character in one of Raoul Beaumont’s favourite novels The Ginger Man written by JP Donleavy.
When Sebastian was born Jayne and Raoul tried to use it as a middle name for him. Unfortunately the grandparents revolted and
vetoed the decision. Finally a wine has received the honour.
The 2017 vintage is purple in colour. It has spicy fruit and pepper on the nose and flavours of berry fruit with fine ripe tannins on the finish make this a full but elegant wine. The wine has 20 months in barrel - 100% French oak and 25% of total in new barrels. Potential to age for 8 to 10 years.
Beaumont produced and bottled the first single varietal Mourvedre in South Africa in 1999 and since then they have produced limited amounts of this fascinating grape every year. I import small quantities of the Beaumont Mourvèdre as I think this is a little bit quirky and of exceptional quality. Not everyones taste but certainly mine!
A stunning full-bodied red. A combination of rich red berries and dense inky black berry fruit, with under tones of liquorice and leather. Delicate spices including thyme, clove, cinnamon and black pepper with a characteristic core of tannin running through, creating togetherness and serious length.
Beaumont New Baby 2016
A blend created from our 5 white varietals, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay and Colombar. Resulting in a fascinating barrel matured white blend. Lots of peach and apricot fruit with a touch of citrus, beautifully poised and a long creamy finish. A keeper if you can get your hands on it! Small amount of the 5 star platters 2015 vintage left!Grapes: 45% Chenin Blanc, 26% Sauv Blanc, 15% Semillon, 8% Colombar, 6%Chardonnay. Alcohol: 12.81%
Vitruvian 2009 / 2011 / 2014
Beaumont’s flagship red blend gets its name from the 200 year old working watermill which is still part of the farm.
This is an unapologetically Beaumont blend based on Mourvedre, Pinotage, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. A very powerful wine with hints of black fruit, chocolate, vanilla and spices. The taste is complex and full which will match well with hearty Italian dishes. Very small quantities so please enquire on availability.
Beaumont Ariane 2015
A not so classic “Bordeaux” blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot with the remainder being Merlot. The 2015 has a rich deep colour with herbs, blackcurrant leaf, fruit and chocolate aromas gives way to a palate that is rich in berry fruit and spice, yet kept in balance by soft ripe tannins and judicious use of oak. This is drinking wonderfully now but as with all Beaumont reds can be left to cellar for anything up to 12 years.Grapes: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Petit Verdot, 24% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot & Malbec Alcohol: 14.3%
The Beaumont Cape Vintage 2016 ( quality p...t all but in name!!)
The Beaumont Fortified Port-style wine was made in true Beaumont fashion…stomped by foot! A blend of Tinta Barocca and Pinotage.
Intense crushing of the skins resulted in aromas of cinnamon, blueberry and blackberry combined with a focused tannin structure. Unfiltered and unfined as per the ‘traditional’ style, with minimal sulphur use.Grapes: Tinta Barocca, Pinotage Alcohol: 17.5%
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