Lowerland Vaalkameel Colombard 2020

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  • £39.00
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Bertie Coetzee represents the sixth generation of his family to farm at Lowerland, on the banks of the broad Orange River near Prieska in the Northern Cape.

Let’s not beat around the bush: this is not traditional wine country. The main crops are maize and plump, melt-in-your-mouth pecans, alongside an award-winning beef stud; but in 1999 the first grapevines were planted by Bertie’s father Hennie, literally sowing the seeds for a game changing endeavour continued by Bertie after he joined the farm in 2013.

The desert-like climate is peculiar, being at approximately 29 degrees south so on the outer limits of what’s considered prime viticultural latitude, but the African heat is moderated by over 1,000 metres of altitude and consequentially high diurnal range. Summer rains can be problematic but generally conditions are dry and therefore favourable for organic farming, with the vineyards certified by Ecocert.

Bertie and his team are striving for a holistic, regenerative model of farming, converting all land to organic practices. Bertie has worked tirelessly to put Prieska on the South African wine map and gain approval for Wine of Origin status, a landmark achievement for what is – if anything – a rudimentary bulk wine region.

Vaalkameel (the Grey Camel Thorn bush you see on the label) is made from organic Colombard grapes. These are hand-picked and driven 12 hours south to Stellenbosch, where the wine was made by Lukas van Loggerenberg.

It's an amazing wine, mistaken during a recent blind tasting for top-end South African Chenin Blanc rather than supposedly lowly Colombard! Naturally fermented in old French oak barrels, resting in barrel for a whole year on primary lees. Nothing added really, no finings or suchlike, nothing taken away. It's gloriously captivating, everything in balance, intense lime and apple fruit, almonds, and a very long finish.

Local Collection

You can order online and collect from the shop. Just select "local pickup" at checkout stage. If we don't have enough stock at the time, please contact us because we store most of our wine elsewhere and can usually get more within a few days.

Local Delivery

Local delivery is FREE for orders over £30 and is available within 10 miles of the shop (GU10 1HR). We typically deliver locally ourselves and if you have a specific delivery request please leave a note in the relevant box at checkout stage. We can't guarantee it but we'll always do our best to accommodate it.

If you would like a guaranteed time such as the morning (when we wouldn't normally be out delivering), then you can place an order through our courier service (see below).

National UK Delivery

We can also deliver nationwide. We process orders Tuesday to Friday and if your order is received before 1pm we can usually get it to you next working day. Again if you have any specific delivery requests please let us know and we'll do our best to help.

 Delivery options Order value Delivery charge Timings
Standard (next day)*

£100+

Below £100

FREE

£13.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Standard pre-12.30

£100+

Below £100

£13.00

£25.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-12.30

Standard pre-10.30

£100+

Below £100

£17.00

£29.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-10.30

Isle of Wight**

£100

Below £100

£24.00

£12.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Scottish Highlands & Islands***

£100+

Below £100

£19.50

£33.00

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Northern Ireland

£100+

Below £100

£25.00

£39.00

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

 

*Next day is not available if ordered on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, in which instance the order will be processed on Tuesday for delivery Wednesday

**Isle of Wight post codes PO30-PO41

***Scottish Highlands & Irelands includes the following post codes: AB37 & AB38, AB41 - AB56, FK19-FK21, HS, IV, KA27-KA28, KW, PA20-PA78, PH15-PH50, ZE 

 

Important Notes

  • For National Delivery you will receive a tracking code for our courier APC as part of your fulfilment confirmation e-mail
  • We cannot deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays
  • If possible, please let us know where your order can be left if you are going to be out
  • Use the appropriate notes box to leave any delivery instructions
  • For National Deliveries if unsuccessful APC will leave a card for you to rearrange your delivery

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Buying 6-11 bottles? Use code PIP6CASE at checkout for a 5% discount.

Buying 12+ bottles? Use code PIP12CASE at checkout for a 10% discount.

NB: This can't be combined automatically with other discount codes, sorry! Contact us and we'll be able to advise further.

Some frequently asked questions.

Yes! If you subscribe to our e-mail newsletter (see below) you can benefit from our same in-store case discounts when buying online.

Buying 6-11 bottles? Use code PIP6CASE at checkout for a 5% discount.

Buying 12+ bottles? Use code PIP12CASE at checkout for a 10% discount.

NB: This can't be combined automatically with other discount codes, sorry! Contact us and we'll be able to advise further if that affects you.

Every wine we sell at Pip comes with our seal of approval and we guarantee that If a wine is corked, faulty, or it's absolutely not for you, we will replace it with a second attempt at the same wine or something else at the same value.

And if you would prefer a refund, please read our full refund policy here.

Of course, and we believe our wines make the perfect gifts. We have gift packaging and can include personalised gift notes. Please write a note in the relevant box during checkout.