I first visited Baleia (then Baleia Bay) Wines last year for its first official launch and was really surprised by how lovely the tasting room was (situated in Riversdale) and by their restaurant/deli which sells some of the most delicious foods as well as divine household items and craft pieces. Obviously the main focus of the trip was on the wine which, at the time, had a rather casual, child-like label that featured a whale – Baleia means whale in Portuguese. Now, thanks to the team at Anthony Lane Design Consultancy, a new design has been implemented which has a much more elegant feel that’s more inline with the their style of wines. Describing the new design, with it’s tiling affect, they state:
| The additional use of Portuguese tiles as a frame is a very distinctive and powerful visual graphic element and also drives the blue colour palette which is both representative of the sea and the origins of the name. |
Their labels now match their award-winning wines which express dedication and passion throughout their range. Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo (a rare find as a single cultivar wine in S.A) form the reds and Sauvignon Blanc and a Gold medal winning Chardonnay make up the whites. Their Chardonnay is a favorite of mine, being gently oaked and showing citrus and tropical fruit notes which is great for those who aren’t fans of the overtly buttery style of Chardonnay.
To celebrate their new identity, we were invited to the 12 Apostles for a 3-course dinner that was paired primarily with their Pinot Noir…though that didn’t stop me from giving their other wines my attention. I like to keep things fair.
If ever there was an establishment deserving of awards for service, the 12 Apostles would sweep the golds. Attentive staff, delicious food and the perfect setting make this one of my top Cape Town hotel/venue choices. Despite it being a stormy night, the function room looked beautiful decked in fairy lights, swathes of white and pale orchids.
It was a perfect evening to congratulate Baleia on a new era of their brand.
Visit Baleia Wines – located next to the N2, approximately 1km from Riversdale towards Mossel Bay.
Follow them: on Facebook or Twitter @BaleiaWines
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