Our continuous investment and effort in quality as well as sustainability over the past few years has paid off greatly. We are proud to announce that we are now certified with the illustrious ‘Enviro Wines’ seal. The accreditation acknowledges Aaldering Wines as being part of the elite group of Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) producers. In order to obtain the IPW status, all South African wineries are audited by Enviro Scientific. Their normal pass rate is 65% for sustainability on both farm and winery practices and wineries that score 75% and above are invited to the top-class ‘Enviro Wines’ group. Only 5 other South-African wineries have the same distinction, therefore hats-off to our vineyards & cellars team who have accomplished this ambitious goal.
Many wine lovers are also fun-loving travelers, yet if your attempts to become a MHC member failed thus far, why not start focusing on the exciting selection of seductive wines which the airlines have to offer on your trip and enjoy the membership of the Mile High Wine Club!
The prestigious First Class of Asiana Airlines selected our Sauvignon Blanc for their in-flight service. This South Korean airline is renowned for its delicious foods and flavorful wine choices. More mile high news comes from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, who selected our wines for the third consecutive year. They chose our newly introduced Pinotage Blanc & Lady M, a delightful duo if we say so ourselves.
“With the first blends of the 2013 wines now finished I am in a better position to give my thoughts on the 2013 vintage. South Africa enjoyed optimum weather conditions last year and therefore reached a record crop. Our country produced 4,8% more than the previous record in 2008. At Aaldering however we maintain a strict regime in the vineyards for balancing our vines and not letting them over produce. I get a bit ‘scissor-happy’ when I’m thinking of the top quality which I want to achieve.
The cold and wet conditions in winter 2012, and the conditions of flowering and berry set were phenomenal to create a healthy crop. Ideal growing and ripening conditions of moderate temperatures and cool evenings also had a large contribution to the high quality level. The 2013 wines, which are already in bottle or about to be bottled, are looking nothing short of stunning! Fruit purity, elegance and great acidity is personified in this vintage. Also the red wines which will be barrel-aged for 22-24 months are showing traits which are particularly exciting for the integrity and age ability of the wines. I will keep monitoring each barrel closely so you will enjoy nothing but the best the 2013 vintage has to offer.”