Hans and Mary Anne Evenhuis own this beautiful mountain farm on the Heml and Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay. It is home to an exciting vineyard. The Cape is a Mediterranean wine region, with some cooler parts resembling Galicia in northern Spain. With this in mind, something special needed to be planted in Hemelrand. Great Mediterranean white wines such as Mas de Dumass Gassac, Le Soula, and Domaine de La Grange des Peres served as inspiration.
Hans has planted a white blend of 40% Charddonnay, 30% Roussanne, 13% Verdelho, 12% Chenin Blanc, 3% Viognier, and 2% Muscat Blanc a petit grains. It is situated at 360 meters above sea level, on gravelly clay, with Sandstone intrusions. This is a cold and windy, very marginal site.
On the nose, stone fruit and white flowers abound. Some hints of baking spice, roast nuts and ripe apple. The palate is powerful, with flavors reflecting the nose of the wine. High natural acidity cuts and carries the richness into a long flavorful finish. This wine will definitely stand up to a rich dish, perhaps something like chicken in tarragon cream.