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The Calcrete Kings of the Langeberg

Nestled within the rugged terrain and ancient soils of the Langeberg region in South Africa lies a hidden gem: the Calcrete Kings. These visionary winemakers have mastered the art of viticulture and unlocked the secrets of the region's unique terroir, establishing themselves as pioneers in the industry. 

From the limestone-rich slopes that contribute to the mineral-driven elegance of their wines to the arid, broken-shale landscapes that imbue them with distinct character, the Calcrete Kings have embraced the challenges of winemaking in this rugged landscape.

With meticulous attention to detail and a deep respect for the land, these vintners have cultivated vineyards that thrive in the harsh conditions of the Langeberg. Through sustainable practices and a profound understanding of the terroir, they have crafted wines that reflect the region's essence—bold, expressive, and imbued with a sense of place.

One of the defining features of the Calcrete Kings' wines is the concept of Calcrete as an area-specific style and brand. Calcrete, the predominant soil type in the Langeberg region, imparts unique characteristics to the grapes grown here, resulting in wines with a distinct sense of place. The Calcrete Kings have embraced this uniqueness, elevating Calcrete from a geological feature to a hallmark of quality and authenticity. Each bottle bearing the Calcrete label is a testament to the winemaker's commitment to showcasing the best the Langeberg region offers.

Join us on a journey through the Langeberg as we delve into the world of the Calcrete Kings. From the crystalline minerality of their Chardonnays to the bold fruit flavours of their red blends, each wine tells a story of the land from which it came. Discover the unparalleled flavours that define this renowned wine-growing region and experience the artistry of the Calcrete Kings firsthand. Welcome to the Calcrete Kings of the Langeberg World, where passion, tradition, and innovation converge to create wines of exceptional quality and distinction.

Van Loveren Family Vineyards: Pioneers of Calcrete Chardonnay

For over 80 years, Van Loveren Family Vineyards has been at the forefront of winemaking in the Langeberg region. With a rich heritage rooted in a deep appreciation for the land and its bounty, Van Loveren has become synonymous with excellence in winemaking. Their Calcrete Chardonnay is a testament to this legacy, showcasing the unique terroir of the Langeberg with its vibrant acidity, tropical fruit flavours, and subtle minerality. Each sip is a journey through the sun-drenched vineyards and excellent, limestone-rich soils that define the region.

  • Calcrete Chardonnay: This wine is a true expression of the Langeberg terroir, with vibrant citrus aromas, ripe peach flavours, and a hint of vanilla from oak aging. It has won numerous awards, including a Gold medal at the Veritas Awards.

De Wetshof Estate: Crafting Elegance in Every Bottle

The De Wetshof Calcrete Chardonnay 2023 epitomises the essence of the limestone-rich region between Bonnievale and Robertson, showcasing the unique terroir influenced by ancient petrified maritime deposits. This exclusive wine boasts a crystalline character and nuanced minerality, with flavours reminiscent of wet stone and oyster shell. Its linear, unwooded profile accentuates these distinctive terroir-driven notes, making it a superb culinary companion for seafood dishes, salads, and poultry. 

  • The vibrant aromas and lively palate of the De Wetshof Calcrete Chardonnay 2023 evoke images of ripe citrus, green apple, and white peach, with hints of saline minerality adding complexity. Its crisp acidity and refreshing structure make it an ideal pairing for oysters or grilled fish, enhancing the dining experience with its clean and satisfying finish. In summary, this wine is a true testament to the influence of Calcrete on the region's wines, offering wine enthusiasts a taste of terroir that delights the senses and leaves a lasting impression.

Excelsior Wine Estate: Sustainable Practices, Exceptional Wines

At Excelsior Wine Estate, sustainability is more than just a buzzword— it is a way of life. With a commitment to organic farming practices and environmental stewardship, Excelsior is leading the way in sustainable viticulture in the Langeberg region. Their Calcrete Chardonnay reflects this dedication to the land, with vibrant fruit flavours and a distinctive minerality that speaks to the health and vitality of the vineyards. Each bottle is a testament to the estate's ethos of quality, authenticity, and respect for the environment.

  • Calcrete Chardonnay Reserve: This wine is crafted from the estate's oldest vines and showcases the full potential of the Langeberg terroir. Its intense aromas of ripe pear and white peach, rich, creamy texture, and long, lingering finish have earned numerous accolades, including a Platinum Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Weltevrede: Family Tradition, Modern Excellence

Nestled within the terroir of arid, broken shale rock lies Weltevrede's renowned Calcrete Chardonnay. The unique landscape of ancient petrified maritime deposits imbues the wine with a distinct character, defined by the region's signature crystalline minerality. With each sip, one can taste the essence of wet stone, a testament to the influence of the Calcrete soil on the grapes. Weltevrede's dedication to harnessing the natural elements of the terroir ensures that their Calcrete Chardonnay embodies the essence of the Langeberg region.

  •  Weltevrede's Calcrete Chardonnay 2019 boasts a harmonious balance of citrus and stone fruit flavours, accented by a subtle oak influence. The wine's bright acidity and elegant minerality provide a refreshing palate, while hints of vanilla and spice linger on the finish. This Chardonnay stands as a testament to the winery's commitment to producing wines of exceptional quality that reflect the unique characteristics of their surroundings.

Rietvallei Estate: Heritage and Heritage in Every Sip

For over 150 years, Rietvallei Estate has been a beacon of winemaking excellence in the Langeberg region. With a rich history dating back to the 19th century, the estate is renowned for its commitment to tradition, quality, and innovation. Their Calcrete Chardonnay reflects this heritage, with its rich, full-bodied palate and complex aromas of ripe fruit and subtle oak. A deep respect for the land and a commitment to creating wines of the highest caliber inform every step of the winemaking process, from the vine to the bottle.

  • John B Chardonnay: Named after the estate's founder, the John B Chardonnay is a wine of exceptional depth and complexity. With its luscious fruit flavours, creamy texture, and subtle hints of oak, it has earned numerous awards, including a Double Gold Medal at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards.

Tasting Notes: Exploring the Diversity of Calcrete Chardonnay

A comparative tasting of Calcrete Chardonnay from each of these esteemed producers reveals the diversity and complexity of the Langeberg wine region. From the crisp, citrus-driven wines of De Wetshof Estate to the rich, full-bodied expressions of Rietvallei Estate, each bottle offers a unique glimpse into its producer's terroir and winemaking philosophy. 

Whether enjoyed as an aperitif or with a gourmet meal, Calcrete Chardonnay from the Langeberg will captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression.

Celebrating the Calcrete Kings

The Langeberg wine region is home to some of South Africa's finest producers of Calcrete Chardonnay, each with its distinct style and expression. From the pioneering spirit of Van Loveren Family Vineyards to the innovative approach of Robertson Winery, these "Calcrete Kings" are united in their dedication to crafting exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Langeberg.

Whether you're a seasoned wine enthusiast or a curious novice, a journey through Langeberg's Calcrete Chardonnay offerings will be a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Check out our specialised tours and make your booking today. Cheers to the Calcrete Kings of the Langeberg!



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