The wines of Strandveld
Visiting Elim, South Africa, part 5


Conrad Vlok

Established in 2001, Strandveld is a collaborative venture among a group of friends who purchased a run down 800 hectare sheep farm. It now has 67 hectares under vine, and the wines are made by Conrad Vlok. Second label is ‘First Sighting’, while the top wines go under the Strandveld name.  


Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Elim
Fresh, herby and a bit green. Some methoxypyrazine notes but also some nice rounded fruit with subtle grapefruit and citrus characters. Interesting. 88/100

Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Elim
Lovely lively fresh aromas. Pure, mineral and grapefruity, with a subtle grassy edge. The palate is pure and fresh with crisp minerality and grapefruity freshness, as well as some citrus zest. 91/100

Strandveld First Sighting Pinot Noir 2008 Elim
This is one of the first Pinot Noirs from the region. 20% new oak for 10 months. Taut, fresh cherry fruit nose with a savoury, spicy edge. The palate shows focused, fresh berry and cherry fruit with a distinctly savoury, slightly earthy edge under the pure ripe fruit. Attractive. 88/100

Strandveld Anders Sparrman Pinot Noir 2009 Elim
From seven year old vines. 40% new oak. Lovely open aromatic bright cherry fruit nose is quite elegant, with subtle spicy notes. The palate is nicely textured with rounded cherry fruit and a nice savoury twist. Good elegance and structure here. Impressive. 91/100

Strandveld Syrah 2008 Elim
From white quartzite gravel. 18 months in barrel, 40% new. Very fresh and bright with lovely vivid white pepper and cherry fruit notes. Fresh and lively with grippy tannins. Complex, savoury and bright – New Zealand style. 92/100


The Elim wine region: an introduction
Black Oystercatcher
The Berrio
Quoin Rock
Photos from Elim
Photos of Fynbos, Elim

See also:

South Africa revisited (series)

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