Oak Valley Estate was founded in 1898 by Sir Antonie Viljoen, a medical doctor who graduated from Edinburgh University in Scotland.
This historic estate in South Africa’s cool climate Elgin Valley is more than just a winery. Founded in 1898 the farm is still family run and takes its name from the founders’ love of oak trees, 4,000 of which are still planted on the estate today. Among the vines are apple and pear orchards, greenhouses packed with fresh cut flowers, cattle, free range acorn fed pigs and 30km of mountain biking trails. Oak Valley was also the first in the Overberg to achieve Champion status for the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative where we undertook to preserve all fynbos from future development on the property.
Forty-eight hectares of vineyards are planted predominately with Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. They are going down in the SA wine history books for their superior Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which have been been classified by South Africa’s go to online wine review publication: Top Wine SA.
They have been named in their Top 10 SA Chardonnay and Top 10 SA Pinot Noir lists as well as being ranked in the top 20 of their Top White Wine Cellars of South Africa.
Oak Valley Estate, Elgin
Elgin with sea breezes and vineyards at 500 metres this is the coolest wine ragion in South Africa
A diverse property which not only makes fabulour wines but also grows cut flowers and has both apple and pears. Alongside this the farm rears award winning Wagu beef.
Oak Valley Wine Estate
These are the wines from Oak Valley Estate in Elgin
Fountain of Youth, Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Along the lower foothills of the Groenlandberg Mountain, Sir Antonie Viljoen, the founder of Oak Valley, discovered a crystal clear fresh water spring. So good was this water that Sir Antonie had it piped over many miles to his home and proclaimed it the Fountain of Youth.
The Oak Valley ‘Fountain of Youth’ Sauvignon Blanc expresses fruit aromas of blackcurrant, granadilla and ripe melons. Flavours of tropical fruit persist on the palate, particularly papaya, litchi and gooseberries. A lovely long finish compliments the dense palate. 4.5 Stars PlattersGrapes: Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol: 13.65
Stone & Steel Riesling 2018
The Oak Valley Riesling expresses a fruit basket of aromas, particularly yellow peach, litchi, green apple and watermelon. The palate is dry yet still bursts with flavours of lime, grapefruit and stone fruit it is cleansed with a finish of a minerally linear acidity. Platters 4.5 Stars
You can read the Vineyard tasting sheet Tasting notesGrapes: Riesling Alcohol: 12.13
Beneath the Clouds, Chardonnay
Restrained use of oak in this Chardonnay, only 10% is put into new French barrels for 8 months, the remainder in old french barrels.
Remarkably fresh, focussed, flinty, with lemon peel nuances and a touch of almond. Lingering citrus finish. Award winning SA wine index 95+ and Platters 4.5 Stars.
You can read the Vineyard tasting sheet Tasting notesGrapes: Chardonnay Alcohol: 13.5
Sounds of Silence, Pinot Noir 2018
High on the southern slopes of the Groenland Mountains lies an isolated vineyard exposed to the elements of our cold climate. Wind whistles through the neighbouring fynbos, the only sound that breaks this eerie silence at altitude. The Oak Valley Pinot Noir grapes take comfort in austerity. It thrives on hardship. And it lives alone in the Sounds of Silence.
Sweet cherry, violet and rose petal aromas. The palate displays an abundance of fresh cranberry and ripe cherry. These bright red berry characters are offset by beautiful acidity resulting in excellent freshness. The careful use of French oak has led to fine tannins and a light oak spice on the finish.Grapes: Pinot Noir Alcohol: 13.87%
Oak Valley Estate Shiraz 2014
The shiraz vines are grown on gravelly soils on North facing slopes and work hard to produce some excellent fruit. A rich, rounded yet elegantly fresh style of Shiraz, reminiscent of the northern Rhone where fruit forwardness is key. Floral aromas of blue violets with rich cranberry fruit. Palate expresses fresh raspberry and cranberry medley with lingering dark chocolate and sweet spicy finish. Ultra soft and silky tannins due, in part, to careful use of new oak. Drinking well now, with further cellaring potential for a few more years.Grapes: Shiraz Alcohol: 13.5%
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