If trees could talk what stories would they tell? This is especially true of the beautifully tangled, entwined Karee trees that one sees in the tranquil cellar garden at Van Loveren. One ordered as something else entirely from a nursery way back in the early 1940’s and the other just a branch from one of the Karee trees growing down alongside the river on the farm and planted beside the first one to prove that they are one and the same species…enduring the years and growing in perfect harmony together. If only all life could be this simple. I love a romantic story and to me this has a lot of romance in it….like the loving couple who planted them these two also became one, never to be separated – a symbol and reminder, not only of the enduring love of Hennie and Jean Retief, but also of the close relationship of the farmer and viticulturist to nature
These trees have been the inspiration of the newly launched, romantically named Tangled Tree wine range. This exciting range of five wines not only pays tribute to a colourful family history, they also confirm the Retief family’s commitment to sustainable wine making. Says Van Loveren CEO Phillip Retief: “These are generous wines, magnanimous towards Nature in their eco-friendly PET bottles and Treefree labels, liberal in their exciting flavours and especially easy on the pockets of consumers.” Brilliant news indeed!
With the launch of Tangled Tree the Retief family has effectively stepped up its commitment to caring for the environment by decreasing their carbon footprint.The fully recyclable, unbreakable PET bottle generates 50% less greenhouse emissions during the manufacturing process and enables wine lovers to enjoy a glass of their favourite tipple where glass bottles were previously not allowed (think picnics, hikes, river-rafting and music concerts).Using the innovative Treefree label, which is made from 100% renewable sugar cane fibre, gives further credence to their love of Nature.
These five wines come with mouth-watering names such as Spicy Shiraz, Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon, Butterscotch Chardonnay, Moscato Rosé and Tropical Sauvignon Blanc, a flavour to suit any occasion, menu or taste buds. I am told the following about them and I cannot wait to try out these wines:
The oak matured Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon enchants the palate with delectable notes of chocolate and mocha, elegantly layered with hints of cassis and blackberries, while the Spicy Shiraz will boldly tempt you with its rich and powerful red berry soul. The spice on the palate is well integrated and the smooth, well structured tannins give cause for pure indulgence. The MoscatoRosé, made from 100% Muscat de Frontignan grapes, is aromantic pink, aromatic wine with a luscious nose reminiscent of rose petals.
The Butterscotch Chardonnay, a lightly wooded, medium bodied white wine will delight with its aromas of butterscotch and crème brûlée, balanced by the subtle intensity of fruit. The crisp and fruity Tropical Sauvignon Blancwith its abundant aromas of tropical fruit such as guava, melon and gooseberry is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Colombar – a wine for any occasion indeed.
A veritable symphony for the senses! And the added bonus of easy on the pocket? Yeh baby!
Why am I telling you all of this? Tangled Tree Wines have been very generously sponsored by Van Loveren for the Indaba and will be served exclusively with the stunning buffet lunch that is being prepared for the day. A fantastic newcomer to the sponsor list for the Indaba and I am thrilled to welcome them aboard. The timing is perfect as these newly launched wines come with some exciting competition news…..over the next few weeks Tangled Tree are giving away up to 30 hampers that include a piece of stunning Miglio jewelry. If you want a piece of the action then trip over to their facebook, twitter or pinterest page(or all three!!) and like, follow, pin tweet, status update or whatever you have to do to get your hands on one of these hampers. Pop over and read all about it.
And if that is not enough…….Tangled Tree will also be giving away an extra-awesome hamper including all five wines, some smaller goodies, the Miglio jewellery PLUS a unique, hand-made Tangled Tree apron to a very lucky delegate at the Indaba. All you have to do is mention @TangledTree in social media, using the competition hashtag #TangledTreeTreasures, during the run-up to the Indaba. The winner will be announced on the day 24 June 2012.
What are you waiting for??? There are only 18 days left and just 25 seats remaining. To book for this exciting event please go to the booking page and fill it in.
See you there!
Some information and photographs provided by media consultants Yehbaby