Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second-oldest settlement and was founded in 1679 by Simon van der Stel, who was then the governor of the Cape. The town has become synonymous with winemaking and, today, still produces some of the best quality reds and whites in the country, if not the world. It’s also the home of Barnardt Boyes. Our local head office sits on the charming Dorp (“Town”) Street, which was once the wagon road to Cape Town. At the same time a postcard from history and a trendy strip buzzing with café-goers and art revellers, this avenue in the heart of Stellenbosch embodies the spirit of the town.
Some of Dorp Street’s iconic sites include the stately facades of Cape Dutch-, Victorian- and Georgian-era buildings, and deep-rooted oak trees that are lined up like old soldiers on both sides of the road. While it’s steeped in history, the street is also filled with youthful energy from the nearby university, and future-thinkers from the town’s thriving tech industry frequent the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants. With its mix of monuments, museums, contemporary art galleries and hip little boutiques, Dorp Street draws people from all walks of life and all over the world. It is and always has been a meeting place where old memories are relived and new ones begin.
Barnardt Boyes’ Dorp Street wine, which is one of our latest releases, encapsulates the history, memories and vibe of this place. According to winemaker Hendrik Snyman: “With this wine I wanted to create a trip down memory lane, something that speaks to anybody who studied at Stellenbosch University and longs back to that time. To achieve this, I combined some older winemaking tricks with some brand-new ones to get to that nostalgic taste profile.”
The Dorp Street wine duo consists of a fruity, ever-so-slightly-woody Sauvignon Blanc and an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that has a lively, fruit-filled palate with a hint of brown oak spice. The grapes for the white and red wine were sourced from the historic Stellenbosch farms of Hazendal and Blaauwklippen, respectively. Both wines are unpretentious, great value and thoroughly enjoyable.
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