Philip Jonker has always been aware of the importance of remembering and sharing the heritage of Weltevrede, the serene, green farm outside Bonnievale, that has seen four generations of Jonkers as productive custodians. With his latest duo of releases he acknowledges the contibution of generations of workers who have lived on and worked the land alongside the family. Labelled Weltevrede1912, the year of their maiden wines, the rather crowded front labels of the 2014 chardonnay and the 2013 cab offer a brief description of the wine in Afrikaans, followed by a list of names of every worker on the farm. The back label presents the story in English.
The pair are both accessible wines, priced at around R100 for the white and R119 for the red. The chardonnay is full-bodied with a hint of sweetness alongside a vibrant mix of fruit, including pear, lemon and dried pineapple and mango. The cab is medium-bodied, also with plenty of upfront fruit and a little spice, and both wines have moderate alcohol levels. They should be widely available from large stockists as well as the farm and are good choices when toasting tradition in any form.