The de Villiers family of Landskroon could probably trace their winemaking ancestry back to the beginnings of time. Certainly since the three de Villiers brothers arrived in Cape Town Harbour on 6th May 1689, it was not too long before they put their craft into practice.
The de Villiers family have made a great contribution to South Africa in terms of academics, law, politics, sport and many other fields of endeavour. At Landskroon, the 6thgeneration is growing up to follow in the footsteps of Paul, the current Cellarmaster and his uncle Hugo, patriarch of the Landskroon de Villiers’s. Michiel du Toit, winemaker, is experiencing his first harvest on Landskroon after years of success in Darling. He’s an award winning winemaker to which and will make an excellent contribution to the team ad the Landskroon wines.
Of the wines they make, many are serious and wine multiple awards, but for me they shine with their Paul Hugo Wines, a red and a white which are accessible, modern, fruit forward, lip-smacking, food friendly and a number of other things besides.
The Paul Hugo Red 2012, a 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Shiraz and 20% Merlot blend, has had 9 months in a combination of America and French oak barrels and staves.
It looks like: Gem bright purple plum at the core.
It smells like: Blackcurrant from Cab Franc, plums from the Merlot and spicy brambles from the Shiraz.
It tastes like: A whack of red and black fruit, nice and complex layers, and oak and gentle tannins in support.
It’s good with: Delicious as a glass on its own with a couple of sticks of dried sausage.
The Paul Hugo White 2014 is an 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Blanc blend, crisp and fresh. Medium-bodied and perfect as a glass on its own.
It looks like: Pale straw with green amber flashes.
It smells like: Crisp fresh sliced fruit, Granny Smith apples and pears. Fynbos herbs around the edges.
It tastes like: Crisp. Fresh. Zinging with apple zestiness. Tropical Guava and white flowers. Touch of fynbos honey in a dry wine.
It’s good with: Like its sister wine above, great as a glass on its own or as an aperitif.