The Wine

Learn about our range of quality wines

Mellasat currently have two ranges. The main Mellasat label is represented through the flagship blend Mellasat “M” and is joined by the premium White Pinotage, made in a very unique style and the classical barrel fermented Chardonnay. The Tempranillo and the Viognier form part of "Premium Exclusive" collection under this range due to the small volumes of these wines made.


Premium range

  • Σ White Pinotage
  • Chardonnay
  • Tempranillo
  • Viognier
  • Tuin Wyn
Mellasat Σ White Pinotage

The world’s first White Pinotage! Our first vintage of this wine was in 2007.

“The paradox of this wine is that the eye belies the other senses! Making white wine from red grapes using South Africa’s unique Pinotage grape. Whole bunch pressing prevented the juice from obtaining colour from the skins. Barrel fermented and matured for eleven months with lees stirring gives this wine a slightly creamy, nutty character to balance the tropical pineapple fruit and banana flavours.”

Mellasat Chardonnay

A classic barrel fermented Chardonnay made from this noble variety. Further maturation in French oak barrels for eleven months together with batonnage (lees stirring) gives this wine a suppleness on the palate balanced with citrus zest and almondine brioche . This  wine can be enjoyed now or aged further if required.

Mellasat Tempranillo

Part of our "Premium Exclusive" Collection due to the very limited quantities, Tempranillo is a little known variety to South African vineyards but one that is fast enjoying an enhanced reputation in the Paarl region. Savoury in character, this wine was matured in French oak barriques for 18 months, with the nose giving a cigar box aroma leading to marinated cherry and autumn blackberry on the palate.It is expected this wine will continue to develop for several years to come.

 

Mellasat Viognier

Viognier vines as a variety are traditionally grown on decomposed granite soils and well suited to the warm sunshine of the Paarl region. Part of our "Premium Exclusive" Collection due to the very limited quantities, these Viognier grapes were picked at optimum ripeness, and the resultant wine is barrel fermented and matured for eight months. This wine has prominent floral notes of orange blossom on the nose that leads through to peach and apricot flavours on the palate.

The wine can also be enjoyed by itself now or cellared for mature drinking.

Mellasat Tuin Wyn

An unfortified dessert wine, only made in certain vintages, from partially sun dried grapes that are subsequently air dried on racks to concentrate the sugars. Using Chenin Blanc bush vines that are over three decades old the wine was barrel fermented and matured for three years in an American oak barrel. With hints of matured marmalade leading to honeyed apricots makes this delectable wine ideal to drink with either sweet or savoury food.

 

Dekker's Valley range

The Dekker's Valley range is our easy drinking range and represents exceptional value. The wines in this range are either unwooded or more lightly oaked for your casual enjoyment.

Dekker's Valley Seraphic (750ml)
Dekker's Valley Seraphic (750ml)

The maiden vintage, 2016, is an unwooded blend of  Chardonnay (53%) ,Chenin Blanc (40%) and Viognier (7%) that was co-fermented to provide an integrated expression of fruit purity. Floral hints of peach and apricot blossom on the nose from the aromatic characteristics of Viognier give way to apple crispness on the initial palate, following through to the full ripeness of Canteloup melon.Wine was released in March 2017. Alcohol: 12.5% vol. (Screwcap closure)

Food pairing suggestions is summer salads and seafood

Dekker's Valley Shiraz Rose (750ml)
Dekker's Valley Shiraz Rose (750ml)

"Fresh, fruity and dry". The 2015 vintage is a distinctive pomegranate colour this rosé oozes summer fruit with raspberries and has a dryish finish. A light refreshing wine to drink on warm summer's days. Made from 100% Shiraz grapes from a higher yielding block the juice had skin contact for five to six hours before pressing. The wine is unwooded, made in a reductive style, remaining in tank until bottling in October 2015 It was released in April 2016 to an expectant public!. Alcohol: 12.5% vol. (Screwcap closure).

Food pairing suggestions include shellfish, gazpacho, stir-fry Asian vegetables and summer salads.

Dekker's Valley Revelation (750ml)
Dekker's Valley Revelation (750ml)

“Smooth and Fruity” and one of our most popular wines for easy, everyday drinking! The 2014 vintage was barrel matured using a mixture of 300 litre and 225 litre French oak barrels (3rd & 4th fill only) for 12 months. The wine was only blended after barrel maturation using Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Shiraz (35%) and Tempranillo (13%). After blending the wine was lightly fined and racked from tank to tank. No filtering of the wine was undertaken except at bottling when a 5-micron filtration was used. Bottled in October 2016 and released in December 2016. Alcohol: 15% vol. (Screwcap closure).

Food pairing suggestions include roast meats, braai meat and chicken & mushroom pie. 

Dekker's Valley Shiraz (750ml)
Dekker's Valley Shiraz (750ml)

“Pepper, spice and nice” is how the back label reads and this 2013 vintage also has hints of mulberries. Made from a block of Shiraz grapes yielding nine tonnes per hectare, the wine was barrel matured using French (third & fourth fill) 225 litre oak barrels for 12 months. After racking from barrel the wine was very lightly fined and again racked from tank to tank. No filtering of the wine was undertaken except at bottling when a 5-micron filtration was used. Bottled in October 2015 this wine was released in July 2016. Alcohol: 14.5% vol. (Screwcap closure)

Food pairing suggestions include lamb chops, pork belly and roast chicken.

Our awards

We are proud to have won several awards for our wines worldwide. Listed below are some of our recent successes.

Mellasat White Pinotage 2015
Mellasat White Pinotage 2015

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

Mellasat Tempranillo 2013
Mellasat Tempranillo 2013

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

Mellasat Viognier 2014
Mellasat Viognier 2014

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

Mellasat Viognier 2014
Mellasat Viognier 2014

Platters South African Wine 2016

Mellasat White Pinotage 2013
Mellasat White Pinotage 2013

4 Stars in Platter's South African Wine Guide 2015

Mellasat Viognier 2013
Mellasat Viognier 2013

4 Stars in Platter's South African Wine Guide 2015

Mellasat Tempranillo 2011
Mellasat Tempranillo 2011

4 Stars in Platter's South African Wine Guide 2015

Dekker's Valley Shriaz Rosé 2013
Dekker's Valley Shriaz Rosé 2013

Gold at the Gold Wine Awards 2014

Dekker's Valley Revelation 2010
Dekker's Valley Revelation 2010

Gold at the Gold Wine Awards 2014

Dekker's Valley Shiraz Rosé 2013
Dekker's Valley Shiraz Rosé 2013

Bronze at the DB Rosé Global Masters Awards 2014

Dekker's Valley Revelation 2010
Dekker's Valley Revelation 2010

Bronze at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014

Mellasat Chardonnay 2012
Mellasat Chardonnay 2012

Bronze at the DB Chardonnay Global Masters Awards 2013

Mellasat Viognier 2012
Mellasat Viognier 2012

4 Stars in Platter's South African Wine Guide 2014 

Dekker's Valley Revelation 2010
Dekker's Valley Revelation 2010

Silver at the Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair 2013

Mellasat White Pinotage 2011
Mellasat White Pinotage 2011

Commended at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

Mellasat M 2005
Mellasat M 2005

Gold at the China Wine Awards 2012

Dekker's Valley Shiraz 2010
Dekker's Valley Shiraz 2010

Top 10 nomination at the Paarl Santam Shiraz Challenge 2012

Mellasat White Pinotage 2010
Mellasat White Pinotage 2010

Commended at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

Dekker's Valley Revelation 2008
Dekker's Valley Revelation 2008

Bronze at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

Dekker's Valley Chenin Blanc 2010
Dekker's Valley Chenin Blanc 2010

Top 10 nomination at the Paarl Santam Chenin Challange 2010

Mellasat M 2004
Mellasat M 2004

Commended at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010

Mellasat M 2003
Mellasat M 2003

Silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2007

Mellasat M 2003
Mellasat M 2003

Silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2007

Silver at the Santé Classic Wine Trophy 2007