“Rainbow’s End” is the name of the Malan family’s wine estate near Stellenbosch.
Situated on high-lying slopes, rising to 540m above sea level, the estate backs on to the Jonkershoek Mountain and overlooks the prized and productive Banghoek basin, which is encircled by mountains.
The farm was establlshed in 1978 by Jacques Malan and was first a fruit farm with apples and plums and no vines on it!
The award-winning blend from Rainbow's End: Limited production based on the best grapes harvested.
Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Petit Verdot 17%
Method and Maturation:
Barrel matured for 24 months in 12 medium toast French oak Barriques. Only 12 barrels made per year from the best wines from the estates of the vintage.
Total production 3447 bottles, each individually numbered by hand.
Wine Tasting Notes:
Aromas of dark cherry, black plum and cassis followed by a touch of of sage, mint and thyme.
Full bodied, the pallet offers layers of complexity with soft spice, dark fruit ending with a lingering minty mulberry finish. Soft well balanced tannins.
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Meet the Winemaker: Anton
Anton’s passion for the land began was he was little, too little to know what wine was, and when his father’s land, also the current site of the wine farm, was still harvesting plum fruits.
He first discovered the joys of wine and remembers the thrill of pulling a cork out of a bottle during the adolescent teenage years, during which he explored his passion for wine mostly as a hobby while pursuing a degree in business – fulfilling his father’s wishes.
However, his love for wine followed him into his corporate life. After several years working in accounting in London, he left the job and took up apprenticeship to work in a chateau in France. This proved to be one of the pivotal moments in Anton’s life – working for nothing, he was filled with knowledge and an immense sense of contentment. It was also around this time that his father’s plum farm was analyzed by experts and deemed most suited for planting vines for red wine.
“If you guys can’t make it on this property, then the problem is with the jockeys!” Anton remembers fondly the words of the viticulturist who surveyed their land.
Together with his father, they planted their first vines in 2002 and Anton has had the privilege to pursue his dream of working on his beautiful, bountiful land to make spectacular award-winning red wines since.