Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa

Our flagship red is named Berliet after our classic vintage car that has been a familiar sight in the area since the 1960s. Much like the car, the Berliet exhibits both classic Pinotage flavours as well as the typical characteristics of the Durbanville terroir

Our flagship red is named Berliet after our classic vintage car that has been a familiar sight in the area since the 1960s. Much like the car, the Berliet exhibits both classic Pinotage flavours as well as the typical characteristics of the Durbanville terroir

Berliet

Pronounced phonetically as “BEAR-lee-ay”

 

Berliet was a French car manufacturer situated in Lyon, established in 1894 and named after its founder Maurice Berliet. It is perhaps most famous for its armoured vehicles used during and after World War II, but the Berliet cars also had a good reputation.

André’s late father, Rennie Brink, was a keen collector of vintage cars and purchased this 1927 model in the late ‘60s. The Berliet was a familiar sight on the streets of Durbanville in those days. André was often called upon to drive brides to the church in this vintage car and it even took part in a procession in 1975 to mark the 150th anniversary of the local church.

When André and Ronelle took over the farm in 1996, the Berliet sat gathering dust in one of the farm stores. But 20 years later, André, who is passionate of history and antiques, decided to restore the car to honour both his father and the car’s history as part of the farm and village.

Berliet

Pronounced phonetically as
“BEAR-lee-ay”

 

Berliet was a French car manufacturer situated in Lyon, established in 1894 and named after its founder Maurice Berliet. It is perhaps most famous for its armoured vehicles used during and after World War II, but the Berliet cars also had a good reputation.

André’s late father, Rennie Brink, was a keen collector of vintage cars and purchased this 1927 model in the late ‘60s. The Berliet was a familiar sight on the streets of Durbanville in those days. André was often called upon to drive brides to the church in this vintage car and it even took part in a procession in 1975 to mark the 150th anniversary of the local church.

When André and Ronelle took over the farm in 1996, the Berliet sat gathering dust in one of the farm stores. But 20 years later, André, who is passionate of history and antiques, decided to restore the car to honour both his father and the car’s history as part of the farm and village.

We celebrate the originality and longevity of this bright orange vintage car on the label of our limited release Pinotage Reserve aptly named Berliet.

Berliet

Berliet Pinotage

This limited release Pinotage exudes characteristics of this uniquely South African variety – ripe red fruit, subtle toasty oak and an elegant tannin structure. This wine will develop further complexity with careful cellaring for 8 to 10 years.

Berliet

Berliet Pinotage

This limited release Pinotage exudes characteristics of this uniquely South African variety – ripe red fruit, subtle toasty oak and an elegant tannin structure. This wine will develop further complexity with careful cellaring for 8 to 10 years.