Stellenzicht, the well-positioned Helderberg property, was established in 1692 but the 1994 Syrah is their most famous wine. 1994 was André van Rensburg’s first vintage, having been appointed by the then-consultant Neil Ellis. On release, the 1997 Platter's Guide wrote: ‘His is the hand behind what might become the priciest, most prized modern Cape wine, the Stellenzicht Syrah’. 25 years later, the 1994 is perfectly composed, fresh and complex. It is one of the greatest wines of the 90s. Only 800 cases were produced.
‘One of SA’s newest and most convincing cult wines – improbably, since that status was thought likelier to emerge from the ranks of new generation pinotages. 1994 stated its claim with an emphatic début in the now celebrated showdown wine test against Australia in 1995 where international judges placed it ahead of the fabled Grange and top of all Cape Shiraz entries.’ Platter’s SA Wine Guide 1997