Grangehurst wine and its story

Event review by Karin Wild

Another great event, hopefully for you too!
Here I am once again, some of you already know me either as Cape Angels or perhaps from my last review of the «Taste The Best» event. If you know me, you also know my passion for wine and the stories that come with it.

At the 1st of July 2023 event, I was particularly fascinated by the wine and its history of the Grangehurst Winery, of which I would like to tell you a bit more in my Cape Angel review today. It was great to meet Jeremy and Mandy Walker, owners of the Helderberg winery, which has been family owned since 1992, in person at KapWeine.


Maybe you have already met me at one or the other event, Wine & Dine or even in South Africa.

Your KapWeine Cape Angel


Handcrafted –Traditional – Unhurried

Three keywords that are central to Jeremy’s philosophy of winemaking and thus shape the story of his wines. With a lot of passion, he tells me that he wants to produce wines of the highest quality that can age over a long period of time. He is serious about the long period, at the event Mandy and Jeremy show the wines of their «current» 2009 vintage, while at the other tables the current vintages range from 2017 to 2020. His wines are perfect for anyone who loves to enjoy wines with some maturity without having to store and wait 10 years for the current vintages themselves.

I expected mature wines and was surprised by the freshness, its presence, the polished tannins and the finding of almost no tertiary aromas of aging such as dried fruit, cooked fruit or mushrooms in the wines. It quickly becomes clear from this that the Walker family wines reflect the signature of Bordeaux wines in the glass, which are still considered «babies» at 10 to 15 years old. There is, for example, the great Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, with typical cassis and cedar note as well as plum and red berries are also wonderfully recognizable. As fresh as the wine tastes also thanks to a good acid structure, it is also good to keep during the next 10 years or so, provided that the wine can be stored under good conditions.

Perfect for the Summer

Nikela 2009 was made in honor of Jeremy’s late parents. A round and soft Cape Blend with Pinotage share, wonderful to a Braai and currently just right for the next summer party. My personal favorite was the Grangehurst Reserve, a great Brodeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A complex wine with aromas of black berries, again that wonderful cassis note, paired with violets, mocha and cedar. A wine to enjoy and reflect upon.

If you missed a visit to the Grangehurst wines table, no problem you will find the wines all in the online store of KapWeine.


I could tell you a lot more about last Saturday, for example about the stunning Richard Kershaw wines, but I’ll save that for the next Taste the Best review in September. For now, I wish you a wonderful summer and hope to be able to advise you personally at the big KapWeine summer party on September 1st and 2nd.


Want to learn more about matured wines? Read our article about the «liquid gold».