Each year we produce a limited release wine that celebrates the rich Boschendal heritage. Vin de Memoire wines are made in our farm cellars and are available for purchase exclusively on Boschendal and our Cellardoor.
The Vin de Memoire Chardonnay 2014 is made in memory of Angela of Bengal, a freed slave who became South Africa’s first woman winemaker. Angela, also known as Ansiela, was born in India. She was once a slave to Jan van Riebeeck, before she gained her freedom in 1666. In 1690, she was among the first settlers to be granted farms in the Drakenstein Valley. At the time of her death in 1720, Angela of Bengal was a very wealthy woman and an inventory of her assets included a collection of winemaking equipment.
This handcrafted wine is produced from grapes grown on the slopes of the Simonsberg, on land originally farmed by Angela and her family, and now a part of Boschendal. A full-bodied single-vineyard wine (from one of our favourite areas on the Boschendal farm), with typical aromas of macadamia nut and orange rind on the nose. A richly textured and creamy palate leads to ripe stone fruit on the aftertaste. Only available at Boschendal.
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