L’Avenir estate was founded by Mauritian-born, Marc Wiehe, in 1992. In tribute to the celebrated terroir of the historical Stellenbosch wine region, L’Avenir focuses on producing elegant wines which showcase their unique setting. We focus on the two varietals which form the foundation stone of the South African wine industry – tipping our hat to the heritage of Chenin Blanc while embracing the innovation inherent in Pinotage. Despite L’Avenir Estate only having been established in 1992, our soils have been under vine since the beginning of the Stellenbosch wine region. The majority of our vineyards have reached full maturity, resulting in naturally limited yields of the highest quality grapes. We keep our focus on the vineyards, in order to produce premium quality grapes. Based at the foothills of the Simonsberg mountain range within an area referred to as the “Golden Triangle” of wine. Our soil types are varied and include Glenrosa, which is considered to be one of the Cape’s best soil configurations for the vine. A vein of disintegrated shale, which is particularly suited to Pinotage vines, runs through the property.WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES
13.55 ha of Pinotage is planted with the oldest vineyard established in 1985, to the most recent planting in 2015. 100% are trellised vines. Supplementary irrigation is applied during the warmer summer months. There are blocks of Pinotage situated on various aspects of a large hill that comprises L’Avenir, allowing certain blocks to be isolated for specific vinification styles and premium wines. The Indian Ocean is less than 13 miles away, and gentle afternoon sea-breezes drift over the farm and exert a cooling influence against the late afternoon Cape sun. Harvested in February 2014. This wine was carefully made with gentle, short pump-overs approximately every four hours. Fermentation temperatures were maintained below 28°C, and the wine was pressed off the skins between 3-7°B of sugar left–in order to prevent over-extraction of seed tannins, and to ensure delicateness of the wine. 24–36 hours of cold soak 100% Malolactic fermentation performed partially in tank and part in 1st use French Oak barrels. Aged in 1st-5th use 225L French and Hungarian oak barrels for 12-15 months.TASTING NOTES
After an impressive introduction of dark berries, this rich red wine unravels with layers of floral notes, vanilla and tempting toffee. Its beautiful balance of flavors and velvety texture depart with a lasting impression of depth and elegance.