Karusa Wine selection
Winemaking in itself is purely a process of guidance ~ an artistic craft to turn the fruit of the earth into liquid art. Our wines reflect purity, brought on by our minimal interventionist methods, resulting in characterful wines with a sense of origin displaying and reflecting the diversity of the Klein Karoo.
At Karusa we believe that what we do in the vineyard is directly reflected in our wines.
The Karusa Lifestyle Collection
Highly aromatic fruity & light wines perfect for summer lunch.
Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
(60%/40%) ~ 2019 Vintage
An absolute over-delivery of quality at this price point. A dark and rich wine – coffee & chocolate and smooth as silk… Bright and intense crimson red colour. Loaded with ripe red berry fruit; mulberry, raspberry and red cherry. Soft integration of roasted coffee and light chocolate flavours balanced with a hint of black spice. A soft smooth but well structured palate.
Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier
(50%/30%/20%) ~ 2021 Vintage
The perfect companion to lazy sunny afternoons spend with friends and family and a tapas styled luncheon… Fresh green limey hue, abundance of ripe tropical fruit – white pear and green apple-litchi and green fig. Crisp, fresh accessible and easy drinkable with fruity length and balanced sugar: acid ratio.
Cherry Berry Rosé (off dry)
Methode Blanc de Noir, made from Pinotage ~ a drier more refreshing and aromatic approachable style-think red berry! A modern vibrant style with an intense lively rose colour. Expressive raspberry and frambois flavours with a touch of rose petal and musk. The palate livens up with a fresh and crisp fruit driven taste and finely balanced sugar, acid ratio.
Terroir Specific Collection
Complex & individualistic wines,
wines with a sense of place.
Southern Slope Sauvignon Blanc
A clean cut wine with a limey minerality. Erupting green fig and cut grass notes topped with tropical fruit flavour integration. A soft palate with a flinty crisp and fresh white fruit palate. This single vineyard is planted on a direct South facing 11 degree slope at 550m altitude on Karusa, hence the name “Southern Slope”.
Weeping Willow Chenin Blanc
Very lightly wooded tropical styled Chenin Blanc. A slight golden tinge and green hue- initial hints of guava and white flower- delicate white apple and pear with only an subtle hint of integrated oak.The wine opens up to tropical mango and pineapple flavours- a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel layered with fruit complexity.
Moerdor Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Vintage Barrel Fermented
Moerdor- refering to the extreme drought of the Klein Karoo region during the past few years. This Cabernet Sauvignon was uprooted just after the picking of the 2016 vintage- only 750 bottles made-sold exclusively from the winery. This is a super ripe red/black coloured Cabernet Sauvignon- aged in old french oak 500 liter barrels for 18 months. Cassis, blackberries, prune and dense black cherry backed by bold tannin structure and a fat mid pallate. Will age for 8-12 years.
Aloe Ridge Chardonnay
2019 Vintage Unwooded
Elegant and crisp-notes of fresh lime and citrus with fresh white fruit and light leesy flavours. Subtle mouthfeel and balanced acidity.
The abundance of Aloe Ferox with its bright orange plumes on the north sloping ridge on Karusa guards over this single vineyard Chardonnay, henc the name “Aloe Ridge”.
One Tree Hill Pinotage
A dark bright colour intensity, typical flavours of sweet ripe raspberry and black cherry; the supporting oak displays dark chocolate and black spice flavours following onto the palate with a full bodied juicy and balanced structure and long finish. As testimony to our sustainable approach we left an old wild olive (Olienhout) tree in the middle of our Pinotage vineyard, hence the name “One Tree Hill”.
Terre Noire Syrah
Red black colour intensity with strong smokey, leather, black pepper and dark roast flavours and an abundance of ripe black fruit-notes of earthy compost. Medium full weight, well structured middle palate and full round tannins with a fresh balance. Meaning “black earth”, a reflection on both the great Swartberg mountains and the black highly organic soil in which this Syrah vineyard is planted, hence the name “Terre Noire”.
Double Black Petit Sirah
(aka Duriff) 2020 Vintage
Not for the faint hearted. This is “elegance with an edge” – pitch black colour intensity with falvours of prune, blackcurrant – molasses and tar- feint flavours of blackspice and savoury. Huge tannin structure that screams for steaks and red meat dishes.
Flagship wines for the discerning wine enthusiast.
5th Element Syrah Viognier
Pitch black intensity, a complex dimensional wine displaying black pepper, cloves, leather , toast and ripe black cherry with smokey tarry secondary flavours turning to earthy musky flavours with time. A full bodied intense concentrated wine with subtle mouth filling ripe tannins and great length on the palate. A combination of the 4 natural earth elements and human passion to create the 5th element in liquid form, hence the name “5th Element”.
The Karoo Route 62 White & Red Blend
A blend of noble varieties made from Karusa Estate grown cultivars.
Karoo Classique Collection
Methode Champenoise, taste Karoo sunshine in a bubble.
Karusa Liqueur Collection
The perfect dessert wines to round off a wonderful evening with friends.
Soleil de Karusa
Made from 100% Muscat de Frontignan (Red Muscadel) grown on the sun drenched northern slopes on Karusa. A deep rich red copper colour, flavours of Turkish delight, raisins, rose petal and red berries ~ sweet and seductive. Enjoy over crushed ice with a slice of lemon. Matured in old French oak barrels.