Sumaridge Estate Wines: Essence Of The Western Cape

Sumaridge is not your ordinary, every day run of the mill winery, Sumaridge Wine estate is owned and run by the very tight-knit family known as the Bellingham Turner family. The Sumaridge Wine Estate is located in Hermanus, which is placed on the coast in the centre of the Western Cape of South Africa; an area that is notorious for creating truly fabulous wines, with other famous wine regions such as Stellenbosch and Paarl. The Western Cape has produced some award-winning wines in recent years due to its almost perfect environment, climate and terroirs for growing grapes.

Sumaridge however may even have one of the best locations than most in the Western Cape. Sumaridge Wine Estate is sitting nice and comfortable in the upper regions of the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth Valley) which bowls down to the Atlantic ocean; this combination of valley terrain and coastal surrounding is ideal for growing some of the best grapes for wine.

The harmonious coupling of exceptional location, climate and soil, interlinked with expert wine crafting, generates signature wines that are distinctively elegant, ample in body and complex in flavour.

Sumaridge produce an extremely impressive selection of wines, of which Charlie The Wine are proud to feature all seven of them. Starting with their red wines, a big attention grabber would be the Sumaridge 2010 Pinot Noir as it instantly shows it's serious by showing a deep ruby colouration. Dark berry and forest fruit aromas combine with a subtle oak character which lends a smoky spiciness to the well integrated palate; if you are not looking to drink this fabulous bottle of red immediately, not to worry, store it away for a few years as this particular Pinot Noir is known to age unbelievably well.

Within their seven different wines, Sumaridge produce a couple of blends which have proven to be very popular. The Sumaridge 2008 Epitome is what is known as a 'Cape' blend, meaning that this wine represents and embodies its surroundings and Sumaridge itself. A blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Pinotage and 10% Merlot gives the Epitome diversity in its flavour. This well balanced red will definitely be leaving a lasting impression in your mind and taste buds creating a desire for return.

Sumaridge produce only one Rosé wine, which is a Rosé deriving from Merlot grapes. The Sumaridge 2012 Merlot Rosé displays an inviting Carmine colour which once the cap has been popped emanates a delicious bouquet of strawberry and red forest fruits. This soft, easy drinking but flavourful wine is ideally served chilled with alfresco fare or simply enjoyed in familiar company.

Moving onto Sumaridge's famous white wines. Now, amongst the three, although they are all brilliant in their own way, we have the Sumaridge 2009/11 Sauvignon Blanc and the Sumaridge 2010 Maritimus, but the white wine that steals the show is without a doubt the Sumaridge 2010 Chardonnay. The 2010 vintage of Chardonnay is truly sublime, its classic Burgundian style allows its well balanced acidity and freshness to shine through. Medium in body with soft apple and melon fruit aromas and a unique minerality on the nose. This truly great Chardonnay has been rightfully acknowledged for its quality, as Sumaridge 2010 Chardonnay won the gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2013!!! Now that is a wine worth drinking!

You can now find all of Sumaridge Estate Wine's brilliant wine selection at Charlie The Wine; so grab them quickly before they all go!

Forever Thirsty

Charlie.

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