Mont Rochelle in the French Quarter of Franschhoek is the newest addition to Virgin Limited Edition and was purchased by the Richard Branson company back in 2014. Since then the old farm has been transformed into a luxurious hotel, as well as investing heavily into the infrastructure of the wine farm.
The vineyard is located in a perfect position within the Franschhoek area, benefiting from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of South Africa as well as having wonderfully fertile granite and clay soils on it's sloping plantation.
Although only a small range of wines is being produced at the Mont Rochelle Estate, the wines are, as one would expect, of a very high quality and beautifully capture the terroir of the region. A mere 6500 cases a year are produced across the Mont Rochelle portfolio all under the watchful eye of winemaker Dustin Osborne.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the Mont Rochelle wine range is the absolutely incredible value for money that these hand crafted wines offer. Starting at just over £10 a bottle these wines give many a wine double the price a good run for their money and are set to only improve on this start.
The Little Rock range of white and red are immaculately presented and do not disappoint on the taste front either. The White pale straw green in colour with a delicate peach and citrus profile, elegant with balanced texture and acidity. The wine is produced using a blend of four distinct grapes: Semillon, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The red is a blended wine of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with dollops of Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot all lending a helping hand to the final blend. This wine strikes a perfect balance between easy-drinking and complexity showing a balanced fruit profile and a smooth, soft palate.
The premium range from Mont Rochelle is equally good value from between £11.49 to £14.49 a bottle with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon on offer. The full portfolio of Mont Rochelle wines we have in stock can be found here.