Doolhof’s history dates back to 1707 and grapes planted for wine and brandy production date back as early 1728 when Huguenot settlers planted vines on the property. Located on the outskirts of Wellington in the Bovlei Valley, Doolhof is surrounded on three sides by mountains. This makes it both scenic and isolated, which brought with it challenges back when the Cape was being settled. The valley in which Doolhof lies is blessed with unique and varied terroirs. The microclimates, growing conditions and soil types make it ideal for growing wine grapes. Doolhof is an Afrikaans word which means labyrinth so named for the maze of hills and mountains which surround the property. The farm has been the jewel of the Bovlei Valley for three centuries and has had many owners. The estate is one of the new wave, with a relatively young team, producing elegant, high quality wines with distinctive characteristics that reflect the local area. Although the farm has a 300 year history it was only in 1995 that the first vines were planted and in 2003 the current owners built the winery and the excellent soil in this fertile valley can be recognized in the brilliant wines that are produced on this estate.
The Minotaur is a seriously dark ruby red with some charming garnet flashes around the edges. The bouquet and palate are all about ripe black plums, cassis and marzipan and that enchanting minty eucalyptus undertones. Dark cherry, blackberry and truffle notes with a generous persistent finish.