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The Velvet Bee 2021

Coastal Region WO

Our 'Winery of the Year' Journey’s End takes looking after the planet seriously. That means keeping bees happy too. They're behind many of our 5-star wines. This is a gorgeous, velvety Rhône-style blend made with the help of some hard working bees.

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Tasting notes

Medium bodied, rolling flavours of red to dark berries, velvety smooth


Red berries, dark fruit, black olives, hints of spice

Allergy information

Contains sulphites

The Velvet Bee 2021

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  • 14.0% ABV
  • 10.5 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2026

The buzz of bees is music to the ears of grape growers. Because where there are bees, there are healthy vines and pristine grapes. Leon Esterbuizen pays tribute to these essential vineyard workers with this velvety Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache blend. The grapes come from the hardy Swartland wine region – a hilly, dry area that's fast gained a name for quality. Nearly half were taken from old bush vines, which produce fruit of excellent concentration and all were handpicked, in the cool of the night for freshness. Whole bunch fermentation and wild yeasts means a gentle touch in the cellar and more layers of flavour. It’s as smooth as its name would suggest, with layers of ripe berry fruit, herb and spice notes. Great with bangers and mash.

"A really flavoursome red with a pleasingly smooth finish - Leon and the bees did a good job!" Becca Reeves
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