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The Rose & Crown Hotel
Le Huret, Alderney
UK Channel Islands

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Coleraine Wines

Approximately 55kms north of Cape Town this estate is uniquely situated 200º above sea level on the southwestern slopes of Paarl Mountain, abutting a nature reserve and flagged by the imposing Language Monument. This 42-hectare family farm boasts 270º spectacular mountain and valley views of one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa.
The motivation behind the naming of the cellar, Coleraine Wines, and the flagship wine, Culraithin, (cool-ray-thin) emanates from the Kerr family’s close links with Northern Ireland dating back many centuries.

History

The Kerr family’s history dates back to 9th century Ireland. Abraham Joseph, one of our more recent ancestors, farmed successfully in Coleraine during the 1800’s. This led to the naming of our cellar after our ancestral birthplace in Northern Ireland and commemorating our extensive Irish history.

CULRAITHIN (cool-ray-thin) OUR NEW FLAGSHIP LABEL IS A DERIVATIVE OF THE GAELIC FOR COLERAINE.

After years of wine and table grape production a long held vision of building a cellar came to fruition in 1998. The pack shed was changed into a wine and maturation cellar with the first grapes being crushed in 1999. 2001 saw the addition of another maturation cellar.

Farming

Farming, having played a considerable role in the recent history of the Kerr family, once more came to the fore with the purchase of Montana, a farm in South Africa, in 1974. This 42-hectare farm abutting the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is situated on the southwestern slopes with 270º spectacular mountain views. Originally the first vineyards were planted in the 1920’s with the emphasis on wine grapes, which have always produced quality grapes. The deep well drained Clovelly Hutton and Oakleaf granite-clay soils and cool evening breezes contribute to fruit of high quality and intense colour. All the grapes used to produce these red wines are grown, hand picked and vinified on the farm. Clive Kerr started his career on the farm 21 years ago and has realized his dream of producing wine from his own grapes.

Plantings

A rundown of the plantings over the last 25 years include Shiraz 1978, Shiraz 1996/7/8, Merlot 1984/1999, Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 1996/7/2000, Cinsaut 1970 1972, Cabernet Franc 2000, Ruby Cabernet 1988, Petit Verdot 2001, Viogner 2000 & Sauvignon Blanc 1986.
As regards new plantings, Mourverde has joined the ranks as well as more Petit Verdot and Viogner.

Awards

The maiden Shiraz (1999) won locally a Young Wine Show Gold Medal and 4½ star rave in Wine magazine. In Europe the prestigious GRAND PRIX D’HONNEUR was awarded in September 2001 in Hamburg as well as second place in the Great Shiraz Tasting at the Hamburger Weinsalon in Germany.

The Coleraine Shiraz 2000 released late this year received 3½ stars in Wine Magazine. The Coleraine Cabernet Merlot received 3½ stars in the 2001 Platter Guide.

Wines

Our premium range COLERAINE (now CULRAITHIN), was released in 2000.
We have bottled a Shiraz, a Cabernet/Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon under this label.

Clive Kerr the Shiraz king of Coleraine Wines
Coleraine Wines produced the king of Shirazes in this year’s Santam Paarl Shiraz Challenge. The winery’s Culraithin Syrah 2002 beat 36 contenders from the Paarl region to the throne. Glen Carlou’s 2003 Glen Carlou Syrah and Boland Cellar’s Boland Shiraz No1 Reserve 2002 took second and third place respectively.

External Links

website: http://www.coleraine.co.za/



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