According to Cru Master Brendon Shaw, Solms Hiervandaan is the best wine he’s had this year.
Solms-Delta is a joint venture between the Solms and Astor families and the Wijn de Caab Trust representing previously disadvantaged employees. The 320 year old Franschhoek farm has reclaimed its historic role as a wine estate under the direction of Prof. Mark Solms, a world-renowned neuroscientist. There’s an interesting story behind the name “Hiervandaan”.
Hiervandaan (meaning â€˜from this placeâ€™) is a word with special significance in the colonial history of the Cape. Marquard de Villiers, scion of a Huguenot family that farmed at Delta from 1771 to 1823, points out that it was used by early European settlers to define their new identity. â€œOns is hiervandaan, ons is Afrikaners.â€™ â€˜We are from this place, we are Africans.â€™ De Villiers also tells the moving story of a conversation he had at a neighbouring farm that was once the seat of his family. After proudly telling a labourer of Khoi origin that his family had farmed there 300 years ago, the fellow replied that he too was â€˜hiervandaanâ€™ but his people had only lived there â€˜sommer van altydâ€™ (just since forever).
Source: the cru