Arendsig Inspirational Batch 2 Grenache 2015

The 2015 vintage of Chenin Blanc that Arendsig winemaker Lourens van der Westhuizen makes as part of his Inspirational Batch series is something particularly special (see here) but the Grenache from 2015 is also excellent. From grapes grown on Fraai Uitzicht, fermentation occurred spontaneously, half in open-top fermenters and half in 5000-litre vat, a 20% […]

May 10, 2016
by Christian
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Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015

Whereas Lourens van der Westhuizen of Arendsig used to source grapes from Rawsonville for the Chenin Blanc he made under the Inspirational Batch 1 label, he utilised a Robertson vineyard for the 2015 and the wine is now signified as Inspirational Batch 3. Unapologetically oxidative in style (spontaneous fermented and matured for 10 months in […]

April 11, 2016
by Christian
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Interview: Lourens van der Westhuizen of Arendsig

From the September issue of Business Day WANTED: Now 34, Lourens van der Westhuizen studied viticulture and oenology as well as pomology at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute. In 2003, he worked a harvest at Glen Carlou while the acclaimed David Finlayson was still there before heading to California to gain work experience. Upon his return, […]

September 8, 2015
by Christian
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Arendsig Viognier 1000 Vines 2014

Lourens van der Westhuizen, winemaker at Arendsig situated between Robertson and Bonnievale, is one of those producers who eschews submitting his wines to Platter’s. Is his kit worth seeking out? “Increasingly so” would be my answer, the Viognier 1000 Vines 2014 tasted most recently is particularly note-worthy. This is a wine which packs a punch […]

April 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: On Arendsig and the general state of Robertson

Robertson’s contribution to the Cape’s wine revolution of the past few decades has not been notable. True, amid the dullness are bright spots (some chardonnays and sparkling wines especially), though little really glitters apart from Graham Beck bubblies; there are a few decent estates (De Wetshof, Graham Beck, Springfield) but they’ve been around for a […]

February 9, 2015
by Tim James
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Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012

Lourens van der Westhuizen, who makes some pretty handy wines under the Arendsig label from grapes grown on the family farm in Robertson, has just released a top-end Chenin Blanc from the 2012 vintage. Grapes in this instance come from Rawsonville – a block of bush vines planted in 1972. Slightly less than one hectare […]

June 28, 2013
by Christian
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Arendsig Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Lourens van der Westhuizen is the fifth generation of his family to farm Arendsig in Robertson and he makes a small range of boutique wines.  The Sauvignon Blanc has always been the most agreeable wine for me and I again like the 2011 (R60 a bottle).It’s lightly fruity on the nose and palate with moderate […]

March 30, 2012
by Christian
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Esona Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Rowan and Caryl Beattie, owners of the property Esona situated between Robertson and Bonnievale, have an interesting approach to sales in that they retain stocks of various vintages enabling customers to compare and contrast. They feel their wines from the 2013 vintage (made by Lourens van der Westuhuizen of nearby Arendsig) are showing particularly well […]

January 25, 2017
by Christian
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