Blue Owl Range


Blue Owl Range

Our entry level range consisting of a varietal Merlot and an Unwooded Chardonnay offers approachable, well balanced wines ideal for everyday enjoyment. Served with pride on any table or terrace!

 

The Blue Owl Story

After farming for 3 generations  Pieter Quixley the owner of the Riversmeet Farm felt it was time for him to retire. He approached his neighbours Wilfred and Elke Dauphin to see if they would be interested in buying the farm and incorporate it into their farm Allee Bleue.

Surrounded by 2 rivers on the southern and western borders the farm has an abundance of old tress and little forests on the river banks creating a natural conservancy for wild life to shelter and flourish in.

When Allee Bleue acquired the farm they found the wild life to be exceptional on the farm, especially the bird life.

In amongst this wonderful selection of bird life , the most special was the Owls. Within a few days of being on the farm we notice the most beautiful Owl who was living in the old barn on the farm, high up in the wooden roofs rafters.

This was her retreat during the day and at night she would leave the barn for her nightly patrols of the farm, this was most special and exciting to experience.

After some days and weeks had gone by she started to nest in the old barn and much to our amazement she blessed us with 2 baby owlets

It is from this beautiful story that we have named these wines


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Chardonnay 2016

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Origin:  Coastal Region

Farm location:  Franschhoek

Winemaker:  Van Zyl du Toit Grape varieties: 100 % Chardonnay Style of wine: Unwooded dry White Wine

Vinification:
After acquiring the farm next door, we found some of the most pristine (and old) chardonnay vineyards. Careful handling in the cellar, whole bunch pressing and fermentation with a bunch of selected yeast strains delivered a beautiful and rich yet fresh wine. Carefully monitored lees contact (sur lie) for 4 months added depth of flavour and character to this elegant wine.

Winemaker’s notes:
A fresh and zesty style of wine packed with winter melon flavours,apricot nuances and a citrus aftertaste. The palate is silky and smooth with great balance of fruit and finesse. Drink now or within the next 2 years.

Analysis:
Alcohol 13.2 % Residual Sugar 4 gm/L Total Acidity 5.7 gm/L pH 3.54

Food pairing:
Pair with fresh pasta with green peppers, ham and a light creamy herb sauce. Or open a bottle with friends while sitting around the pool.

Merlot 2015


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Origin:  Coastal Region

Farm location:  Franschhoek

Winemaker:  Van Zyl du Toit Grape varieties: 86% Merlot / 14% Shiraz Style of wine: Dry Red Wine

Vinification:
A new part of our family . This wine was made and sourced from selected vineyards in conjunction with our winemaker. After maturation in our cellar the wine was blended and finished off before bottling.

Winemaker’s notes:
An elegant fruit-driven wine full of ripe cherries, blackcurrant fruit and a spicy undertone. The palate is rounded with supple tannins, god balance and finesse. Drink now or within the next 2 years.

Analysis:
Alcohol 13.8 % Residual Sugar 4 gm/L Total Acidity 5.8 gm/L pH 3.45

Food pairing:
Pair with fresh pasta topped with basil, roasted cherry tomatoes, slithers of parmesan and drizzled with olive oil. Or open a bottle with friends while sitting around the BBQ.