Home News News

NEWS

Hop aboard and join the Diary of the Red '53 Pick Up as take you on a tour to some of our favourite destinations in South Africa. We will take you to the most beautiful areas, restaurants and lodges in South Africa and we will introduce you to the wonderful people living there. So don't delay and join us on all our adventures:


2 copy Chapter 5

3 copy Chapter 4

4 copy Chapter 3

1 copy Chapter 2

5 copy Chapter 1

Newsletter April 2013

 

 
  APRIL 2013
 
 
   
KYBURG BOUTIQUE WINE ESTATE
NEWSLETTER
 
   
 
   
 

 

Dear Kyburg Wine Friends,

Our vineyard is now in recovery mode, after giving us a great crop of wonderful grapes. The last fruits were picked just before the Easter long-weekend. This year's harvest started on 11 th of March with Merlot followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Generally, we left the grapes hanging on the vines a bit longer than in previous years. In particular, we waited to harvest the Merlot, so that an absolute even ripeness is achieved. The grapes for our own wine was picked at a balling of >25 (106 to 110 Öchsle). But most importantly, the optimal aroma and tannin structure was achieved.

Our winemaker Jacques Fourie and consulting winemaker Chris Keet make the decision as when to pick the grapes. This process involves regular tastings of the berries in the vineyard, whereupon the harvesting day of a specific cultivar from a particular area is eventually set.

The weather during the ripening period was excellent. Whilst the berries were still green in December, we experienced some pretty hot days (>35C). January and February were moderately warm with the odd hot day and with one rainfall of 50mm. The rain was just in time to save us to drip-irrigate the vineyard. In March we enjoyed perfect conditions for the harvest.

The harvest has been a joyful time period with up to 50 people working on the farm. We are grateful for their contribution and hard, diligent work. Especially on hot days, work has been very demanding. We are proud to say that the workers made all the efforts to harvest the tonnage that was scheduled for the day and we are thankful for that.

Once the selectively hand-picked grapes were delivered to our rented cellar, the processing started immediately. De-stemming - hand sorting - crushing and straight into open vessels for fermentation. The crushing is done to open the skins of the berries, but to leave the pips untouched. Crushed pips would create a bitter taste in the wine. The Merlot has fermented and already gone through the basket press, whilst the Cabernet and Shiraz are still fermenting.

Another Kyburg vintage is in the making!

 
   
 
 
   
 

About our wine

Our 2008 wines have now perfectly bottle matured. Ready to open - drink - enjoy! However, the wine will hold the quality for at least another 5 years.

33 Latitude Select 2009 has now also been released due to demand. The first large shipment is on route to Switzerland and only a few more boxes are available from the Estate. This wine will benefit from further aging or decantering before drinking.

New release: A classical wine especially crafted from our 3 grape varietals, to celebrate the Kyburg Wine 336 Family & Friends has now been released. A blend in equal volume from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. This wine has matured exclusively in new French oak barrels for 36 months, but the fruit aromas stayed dominant.

404 Magnums have been bottled and each is numbered. This full-bodied fruity wine is still young and will benefit from decantering or any other means of ventilating.
Prost Family & Friends - we salute you!

 
   
 
 
   
 

Did you know that we have, in the recently renovated old barn, a wine tasting facility that can accommodate up to 30 persons. Visitors enjoy a wine tasting with some snacks, supported by a slide presentation and plentiful explanations about the work in the vineyard and the making of the wine. Guests welcome the personal atmosphere and the contact with the "farmer". We often see worried tour guides, struggling to get their people back into the van to keep-up their time schedule!

 
   
 
 
   
 

Kyburg wine tasting in the Castle of Kyburg in Switzerland:

On the 8th of June 2013, our Swiss importer Boris Peter of Wein & Sein, is inviting you to a wine tasting in the historic Castle of Kyburg. No better place to enjoy the Kyburg wine then from where it "originated"! If you have the opportunity to attend, please contact:

Wein & Sein

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

+41 (0)52 212 22 33

We hope that you often enjoy "the sun in a bottle", named Kyburg wine!

Greetings from the Kyburg Family in the Devon Valley,
Rosmarie, Tanja and Fred Ruest

 
   
   
   
 KYBURG WINE ESTATE
Devon Valley Road,Stellenbosch
t. (27) 021 865 2876, e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., web. www.kyburgwine.com, GPS: S33 55/ E18 50
Design of website and newsletter: Klieknet Web Development, Stellenbosch
 
   
   
   
   

 

2013 Wine Tasting at Kyburg Castle in Switzerland

On the 8th of June 2013, our Swiss importer Boris Peter of Wein & Sein, is inviting you to a wine tasting in the historic Castle of Kyburg. No better place to enjoy the Kyburg wine then from where it "originated"! If you have the opportunity to attend, please contact:
Wein & Sein
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+41 (0)52 212 22 33

NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2012

Dear Kyburg Wine-Friends,

Whilst the wineries in the northern hemisphere are preparing for the grape harvest, we are at the very beginning of the new season.

The Cape was blessed with good rain and cool temperatures. Frequently, our mountains as seen from the farm have been covered with snow. However, the days are getting longer and spring is in the air.

What does it mean for the vineyard?
As a first step towards end July we did the “borselkop” (brush cut), meaning the cleaning out of the last season’s shoots to approx. 30cm above the arms of the vine.

The final pruning, being a very important and precise action, has been done during August. The cover crop in between the rows is used for soil mulching. Once it dries out and the stems become brittle, the crop is rolled down in order to protect the soil when the temperatures rise.

Coming back to the last harvest in March 2012:
Due to the cold spring, the picking was generally 2-3 weeks later than the previous year. 
Cold weather at blossoming time of the Cab resulted in lighter grape bunches and therefore in a very low yield. Some farms reported a crop loss of over 40%, whereas ours was 20% down. 
With good irrigation management, we managed to achieve ripe, concentrated fruit, whilst keeping the balling within limits.
The wine was made in open fermenters and is promising to be a good vintage – we will talk about this in 2015/16!

vine1 vine2 vine3

Some news from the Kyburg Family & Boutique Winery:
The new Kyburg Website has just been launched – please visit www.kyburgwine.com. Kyburg wine can now be ordered online from anywhere in the world. Either we will handle it directly or we will pass it onto the appropriate dealership.

Kyburg is on Facebook – join us for more frequent communications, news and your comments.

Daughter Tanja is in charge of our marketing and sales activities – email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">.

Our 2009 vintage is now released. However, the 33 Latitude Select will likely be released early 2013. The 2008 of 33 Latitude Select was sold out within 4 months. Reservations for the 2009 Select are welcome.

We recently bottled a very special wine into Magnum (1.5lt) bottles only: 336 Family & Friends. This wine is made up of the 3 cultivars of Cab, Shiraz and Merlot, which were in new French Barrique for 36 months. The release date has not been set and you will be informed when the wine will be ready for purchase.

Kyburg will participate at the following wine events:
Cape Wine in Cape Town from 25 – 27 September 2012
Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Exhibition from 8 – 10 November 2012
Various Wine & Dine and wine tastings in Switzerland in late November 2012

Kyburg is not charging our guests for wine tastings, but we encourage a contribution towards the Devon Valley Primary School. We are generously rounding up such collected amounts. Rosmarie Rüst took some 40 children to the Cape Town Aquarium, which included a tour, a lecture on water conservation and a lunch. The kids of which only a few ever visited Cape Town had so much fun and so did Rosmarie.

1

 

Kyburg Castle Wine Tasting, Switzerland
A dream came true with a wine tasting held in May 2012 in Switzerland - Kyburg Wine in the Castle of Kyburg. Over 200 Friends and Wine Enthusiasts came to enjoy the wine, food and atmosphere.

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://kyburgwine.com/en/news/73-news#sigProGalleriac2605571ac

The Kyburg wines are now distributed with immediate effect through Wein & Sein in Winterthur , Lea and Boris Peter at www.weinundsein.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well as by Werner Rüst Handel & Vertrieb in Kilchberg / ZH, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From our past experience, a wine tasting amongst a group of friends has been most successful. The visitors enjoyed to learn more about the detailed work undertaken from the establishment of vineyard until a bottle of wine is ready for enjoyment. We are looking forward to welcome you and your friends on our Estate, but kindly give us a telephone call beforehand.

Greetings from the Kyburg Family in the Devon Valley,
Rosmarie, Tanja and Fred Rüst

Kyburg Wine Estate
Devon Valley, Stellenbosch
South Africa
+27 (0)21 865 2876
+27 (0)82 651 5688
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

WE HAD LUNCH WITH MANDELA.

pic3

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://kyburgwine.com/en/news/73-news#sigProGalleria1395f5e91e


View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://kyburgwine.com/en/news/73-news#sigProGalleria9593f9fb7b


View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://kyburgwine.com/en/news/73-news#sigProGalleria38f4fa8440

Facebook

© 2012 Kyburg Wine Estate.
All Rights Reserved.
Powered by Gantry Framework.
Contact Us Form
Design by Klieknet Web Development