It sports gold from Vitis Vinifera’s 2017 contest and a Hidden Gem sticker from
Platter’s current edition while its Royal Rhino logo testifies to its registration as a
donor to rhino conservation. All good reason s to consider The Rhino Run Ian
Player red blend vintage 2015, and there’s another as well: this is a delicious
blend of cab and merlot, medium bodied and juicy with soft tannins, and a berried
collection of dark flavours to please a vast number of consumers. Fireside sipping
at home, or, even better, round flickering flames in a bushveld camp or safari
lodge, where the plight of rhinos becomes tangible and taut. You may find that only
the 2016 is available now, but my 2015 sample celebrates one of the finest
vintages the Cape has enjoyed recently, so look for that one if you have a choice.
Van Loveren make one white in their Rhino Run range, a lightly wooded
chardonnay, medium-bodied, offering citrussy aromas and flavours in the 2017
vintage, alcohol levels of 13,5% and a pleasing companion to seafood and poultry
both on the braai or baked in rich sauces for winter.
Van Loveren have been making the Rhino Run range for several years and are
keeping the quartet affordable at R61 for the reds and R53 for the single white.
There is also a cabernet sauvignon and and pinotage, not tasted, both 2015
vintage. A limited edition collector’s item, The Last One Shiraz 2013 completes the
range – selling for R1 215 and packaged in its own box.