Haute Cabrière’s elegant and limited-release second-generation legacy range, The Haute Collection, continues to evolve and delight with the latest release of the 2021 vintage this month.
Showcasing the skill, creativity and pioneering spirit of Haute Cabrière’s founding family, the Haute Collection has been masterminded by Takuan von Arnim. Each vintage is released in very limited quantities with as few as 480 bottles available. This range is then the least known and publicised of Haute Cabrière’s wine ranges, earning a unique place in the hearts of dedicated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fans who find it.
Following sold-out wines from the 2020 vintage, the 2021 release has been much awaited by those in the know. Crafted from meticulously selected vineyard blocks, the 2021 vintage celebrates the classic Burgundian varietals for which Haute Cabrière is known with a focus on: the phenomenal terroir of Franschhoek, the character of their Certified Old Chardonnay Vines planted in 1983, and the unique qualities of aging premium wines in traditional clay Amphorae.
Minimal intervention practices are followed for the Haute Collection wines, allowing the nature of the grape to shine. The Amphorae used is handmade in Italy and unlike oak, they do not impart any flavour of their own during the fermentation and aging process. This allows for a pure expression of the natural flavours of the fruit and the micro-climates within the chosen vineyard blocks within the wines.
Unlike most flagship ranges, the Haute Collection stands out amongst its peers as an elegant interpretation of premium wines with gently considered oaking. Unexpected in style, each wine is well-rounded, velvety soft, and sultry on the palate. A showcase of terroir, vintage, skill and beauty.
Haute Collection Chardonnay 2021 R 300.00 per bottle | R 2,160.00 per case of 6
From a block of Certified Old Vines planted in 1983, clay Amphorae were used in addition to 1st and 2nd fill French oak barrels for balanced depth and elegance. Enjoy the complex, subtle oak characters of this wine, with notes of citrus, followed by subtle notes of honey and butterscotch.
2021 VINTAGE | 1792 BOTTLES RELEASED
Haute Collection Amphora Chardonnay 2021 R 500.00 per bottle | R 3,000.00 per case of 6
The Amphora Chardonnay hails from a single-block of Certified Old Vine Chardonnay planted in 1983. The wine was fermented and matured in 450-litre clay Amphorae for 12 months resulting in a wine which showcases tropical fruit flavours with nuanced lime and citrus, supported by great palate weight and firm acidity.
2021 VINTAGE | 856 BOTTLES RELEASED
Haute Collection Amphora Semillon 2021 R 450.00 per bottle | R 2,700.00 per case of 6
From a single-block of some of Franshhoek’s oldest Semillon vines planted in the 1990’s, the Amphora Semillon was fermented and matured in 450-litre clay Amphorae. Discover a textured mid-palate with well-balanced acidity which will allow this wine to evolve with aging over some years to come.
2021 VINTAGE | 721 BOTTLES RELEASED
Haute Collection Pinot Noir 2021 R 440.00 per bottle | R 2,640.00 per case of 6
From a small, triangular vineyard block only 0.8m hectares, high density planting results in small, intense berries for a wine with immense terroir character. Carefully matured for 12 months in French oak barrels, explore rich depth with plum and red cherry characteristics, followed by subtle earthy notes.