Franschhoek boutique winery and lifestyle estate Terre Paisible is fast establishing itself as one of South Africa’s most exciting luxury wineries, now also featuring on the international stage with two gold medals at the renowned Mundis Vini International Wine Awards.
Terre Paisible’s gold-winning wines are the Vigne d’Or Red Blend 2018 and the Vigne d’Or Chardonnay 2021.
A blended wine, Vigne d’Or Red 2018 combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc from various selected Cape sites and is made in traditional open-top French oak fermentation vessels. After malolactic fermentation, the separate components were aged in French oak for eight months before cellarmaster Adam Mason brought the different varieties together into a seamless whole. This blend then underwent further aging in oak for 10 months.
The Vigne d’Or Chardonnay 2021 is a combination of fruit sourced from Terre Paisible’s own vineyards, the balance made from selected blocks growing on Stellenbosch Mountain.
Whole-bunch pressed juice was fermented in a selection of new 300 litre barrels of blonde toast levels and then combined with more neutral 500l barrels.
Shirley van Wyk, Managing Director of Terre Paisible, says the estate’s ambition to become one of the premier lifestyle destinations in the Cape winelands is grounded in its commitment to making wines whose unrivalled excellence matches the ethos of Terre Paisible.
“We might only be at the beginning of our wine journey, but meticulous viticulture and extreme attention to detail in the cellar has resulted in Terre Paisible’s Vigne d’Or wines already making an impression on the local and international wine front,” says Van Wyk. “The two gold medals at Mundus Vini are testament to this, following on very positive ratings and comments from wine critics, as well as listings in top-notch local and international restaurants.”