“The Villa Esposto winemaking process differs from the way we make the usual Klawer Wines,” says production manager Pieter van Aarde. “We only use one grape producer’s vineyards; therefore the wine is not made from different vineyard’s grapes. We make sure the grapes have reached the desired ripeness. We let them ferment in tanks until the desired alcohol level is reached, then we transfer the grapes to barrels where they mature. The process of maturing the wine is what provides the character and aroma.”

The Villa Esposto wine range is the product of the Klawer Wine Cellar, situated at the foot of the Maskam mountain in the Western Cape. This cellar is famous for its outstanding service.

The Villa Esposto story dates back to the year 1914. Louis Theodore Esposto was among a group of Italians who arrived in the Matzikama region, and played a pivotal role in the field of civil engineering, helping to build the regions’ irrigation canal to make vineyard farming possible. The grape producing region of the Olifants River is to this day dependant on this very canal. The canal is the region’s fountain of life.

Andries Blake, chief executive officer at Klawer Wine Cellar, calls a glass of Villa Esposto “pure relaxation”. These high quality wines should be enjoyed with good food, such as tenderised steak, venison, or a good-quality pizza.

The fermentation process sees a combination of new, second and third fill French oak barrels, which contribute to a creamy texture and lingering finish.

Award-winning wine journalist and British wine master Tim Atkins tasted the Villa Esposto wine range and scored three of the wines 90 points or more. The 2016 Chenin Blanc got an outstanding 94 points. While this is an easy-drinking wine, your palate is also met with subtle hints of toast. Opulent aromas of citrus and tropical notes are also present.

Tim Atkins awarded the 2015 Villa Esposto Pinotage 90 out of 100. Intense concentrated aromas of ripe cherries and Christmas cake will leave your palate tingling after every sip; soft on your tastebuds with a sweet and smokey undertone to boot.

The 2016 Muscat d’ Alexandrie Straw was given 93 out of 100 by Atkins, living up to its nickname of “sunshine in a bottle”.

Should you be interested, you can become a member of the exclusive Villa Esposto wine club. Anyone can become part of the club by signing up for the wine club via visiting the Villa Esposto website, as long as you are a regular Villa Esposto customer. By being a member of this wine club, you get access to special releases as well as a discount on your birthday and much more! Tasting room specialist at Klawer Wine Cellar, Franci Nortje, says the following: “The Villa Esposto wine club is still new and we believe this club will become a hit among wine lovers. The public is already showing interest.”

Klawer Wine Cellar believes in giving the client convenience and quality at their fingertips. That is exactly why you can order any Villa Esposto wine directly from the cellar and the staff will make sure your wine is delivered right at your doorstep.

Service is taken seriously at Klawer, as is taste. “The feedback about the Villa Esposto wine from wine tasters and visitors to our cellar is very positive!” says Nortje. “People are absolutely mad about the full bodied Villa Esposto and its prominent aromas. The public loves the beautiful packaging as well.”

If you want to taste a drop of South African Matzikama sunshine in a bottle, you can send your order to ontvangs@klawerwyn.co.za and be amazed by the fantastic taste of this flagship range.

Klawer Wine Cellar offers a complimentary wine tasting at their tasting room located on the N7 Cape Namibia Route outside Klawer. They are open on weekdays from 8:00 till 17:00 and on Saturdays from 9:00 till 13:00. For more information, visit Klawer Wine Cellar’s website www.klawerwine.co.za or take a look at their social media profiles on Facebook @KlawerWynkelder/KlawerWines, Twitter @klawerwyn or Instagram @klawerwyn. For wine sales contact Franci Nortje at ontvangs@klawerwyn.co.za.