Van Loveren Family Vineyards produces fine wines and is known for being actively involved in wildlife preservation.
This continues with a new range of superb new wines that contributes to the Ntombela Foundation who have battled the rhino poaching crisis since the late 1960’s.
Rhino Run Wine range
One of the range of the six wines that have been produced is the Dr Ian Player wine. This is an acknowledgement of the efforts of Dr Ian Player in conservation.
The six wines introduced in the Rhino Run Range are available at most wine purveyors nationwide.
This includes the Rhino Run Chardonnay 2017, Rhino Run Chenin Blanc 2018, Rhino Run Ian Player 2016, Rhino Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Rhino Run Pinotage 2017 and the limited release collectors item of The Last One Shiraz 2013.
Rhino Run Chenin Blanc
The Rhino Run Chenin Blanc 2018 also pays tribute to the white rhino. The wine is crisp and has aromas of peaches and floral notes that linger gently on the palate.
I paired the Chenin Blanc with family celebrations and a cheese and biscuit starter. the fresh and slightly fruity flavour is fun and playful and set the ambiance for a lovely evening.
The Chenin Blanc is the perfect partner for herbed mussels, grilled chicken or pork, seafood dishes and even sushi.
Rhino Run Ian Player 2016
The Rhino Run Ian Player 2016 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Described as a wine with rich almond, plum and mint on the nose; there is ripe berry, cassis and redcurrent on the palate. Judicious oaking has ensured a soft, toasty finish.
I chose to celebrate Womens Day with this wine, pairing it with a combination of meals. Wine and pizza are a classic combination in my book. Even if the pizza has pineapple on it!
The Ian Player made sure that I enjoyed the zestiness of a Hawaiian pizza by complimenting the food with a rich, soft finish.
I also found that it was an ideal wine to have with the girls while snacking on starters on Womens Day.
Such a versatile wine for an occasion or your week night when you want to relax and put your feet up.
These wines launch under Honour the Legends. From this, Rhino Run highlights the poaching crisis while also making a contribution to the Player Ntombela Foundation as well as other foundations that have lost rhinos through poaching.
They are also readily available on the shelves of your local wine stockists, so you too can enjoy taking part in the expertise of the Van Loveren family.
These wines are also available for export and at international wine shows to create international awareness of the plight of the rhino.