Overgaauw Cape Vintage 1994

Overgaauw Cape Vintage 1994Wrap Bottle - Overguaaw Cape Vintage 1994

Wine Vitals:
Winery Overgaauw
Name of Wine Cape Vintage Port
Vintage 1994
Varietals Tinta Barocca 16%; Tinta Francisca 16%: Cornifesto16%; Souzão 16% and Tinta Roriz 16%, 20% Touriga nacional
Speech Bubbles (Bullet Points Only)
Nose: intense prune, plum and preserve notes; cigar box with subtle brandy spirits note
Palate: seamless and integrated with ripe red fruit and spirits
Appearance: advanced appearance, showing its tawny core and developped rim
Pairing: preserves, ripe cheese and cold weather
W.0. Stellenbosch
Style: classic port
Decant (y/n): n
Serving Temp: 14
Long Form Description
About the Wine Made from 6 Portuguese varieties, harvested at the same time, fermented together and fortified with brandy spirit to arrest further fermentation and retain more than 65 grams of residual sugar.   It is matured in the classic Port tradition and bottled unfiltered. Deeply rich with molten plums, honeycomb and whiffs of a fine cigar. The elements fuse in a luscious, velvet–textured palate and a long finish.


Overgaauw Wine Estate have been producing Port in the 1950’s which was mainly sold in bulk besides a few private bottles for own consumption.   As the young 3rd generation children started consuming most of my Grandfathers private stock he decided to bottle larger volumes under the Overgaauw Label in 1976. The Port is matured in traditional Port casks for two years, bottled and matured in bottle for 18-20 years before release.

About the Vintage David Van Velden, 4th generation of Overgaauw winemaker tells us “I guess I am allowed to boast about this wine, as my father made the wine. I was still at school in 1994 as I watched in awe how our new president, the late Nelson Mandela brought South Africa into a new era in 1994! So you better toast to Madiba when you open this bottle that bears the vintage of our nation’s most defining moment.”


About the Farm and/or Winemaker Port was a popular wine in South Africa in the mid 1900’s due to the British Colonial influence and the warm sunny climate. When David van Velden snr discussed planting Port varietals with Prof Perold in the 1940’s Perold suggested he plant a selection of the Portuguese varietals as the Portuguese use a number of varietals in a single Port. Five varietals were planted in 1949, namely; Tinta barocca, Tinta Francisca, Cornifesto, Souzão and Tinta Rotiz. The grapes were always harvested and crushed together when making the Overgaauw Port, a tradition continued to the current vintage produced.

In 1993 Overgaauw was the first South African producer to bottle a 100% Touriga Naçional Port. This Port was a break away from the traditional South African styled Ports in that it had higher alcohol and lower sugars, similar to that of the Ports of Portugal. The 100% Touriga Naçional port was a once off and was followed by the current blend of which Touriga Naçional makes

up 20% of the blend.

made by the 4th generation combination of van velds at Overgaauw- my guess is jnr was still a teenager in 1994, so we can safely assume snore was in charge here

Why we picked it Nothing quite like a glass of port to lift one’s spirits in winter and beat the cold. As far as aged examples go, the Overgaauw Cape Vintage Port provides a serious dose of feel-good.
Bad Pairing Ideas: Bad company and toothpaste.   If you finish off an evening with a glass of Port wine why ruin that delicious after taste with a blast of mint!   I would rather fall a sleep with that taste and worry about my teeth in the morning!
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Region and Soils: Stellenbosch Kloof. 100m above sea level, South facing, 15km from False Bay.

Moderate Climate, Deep Hutton and Clovelly (decomposed Granite). Vines where 18 Years old, more than 20 years ago! Yield per hectare: 6 tons only.

Pricing/Value: R xx per bottle – R xxx per case of 6