Linton Park Estate created a palpable dose of buzz in February when the farm hosted a rather posh alfresco launch party, playing to the classic notion that true quality is in the attention to detail. The invitation to said party came in the form of a phone call inviting the specially selected guests — a memorable personal touch that set the tone for the type of service one could expect at Linton Park. The farm is situated at the foot of the Groenberg Mountains near Wellington, and a drive up to the Linton Park for its revered estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an occasion worth the mileage.

Linton Park has a focus on giving back to the community via various social upliftment programmes, and is also undergoing a sizeable expansion of the vineyard, adding an extra 100ha of vines, as well as rehabilitating the surrounding environment. With terroir playing such a pivotal role in the success of the vines’ grape yield and taste, Linton Park has embarked on a relentless mission to eradicate all unsustainable alien trees from the area to help the indigenous flora to thrive.

Guest of honour, Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde, gave a speech of gratitude for the influx of investment into the province’s agricultural sector by the Camellia Group. The estate’s maiden Methode Cap Classique Brut release was on hand to aid the toasting. It is a real triumph for winemaker JG Auret and, with only 600 hand-labelled bottles produced, it is one to

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