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Vinography & Catalina

Our Premium Flagship Collection | The Story

Vinography | The Story

Vinography represents a journal kept by both nature and winemaker on the Benguela Cove Wine Estate where they join forces in showcasing the essence of a place. Each element, nuance and decision from vine to cellar became instrumental in telling the story of a vintage. This range serves as an ode to our journey to learn and to discover the vines that were planted in virgin soil and to continue our commitment to excellence.

Catalina | The Story

The Benguela Cove Catalina Semillon is made from a single vineyard and celebrates exceptional quality while honouring the history of the land on which Benguela Cove is built.

The wine is named after the long-lived Flying Boat that was on lease to the RAF (Royal Airforce) and operated from the Bot River Lagoon during the Second World War.  The Catalina was used for coastal patrols and aerial support of the Allied convoys carrying supplies between Europe, Africa and the East. The Lagoon was set up as an advanced emergency base in February 1943 and remained in full operation until February 1945. When the Allied Forces sailed past the Cape of Storms, up to three Catalinas operated from the Lagoon.

Of the fourteen RAF men stationed at the base, three married South African women and returned to South Africa after the war.  As abiding as its namesake, this Semillon has an ethereal quality with incredible ageing potential that evokes a sense of nostalgia. It was made to be remembered. 

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