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Regions + Growers

Swartland

The Swartland is an exciting region, roughly 45 minutes drive north of Cape Town. It produces balanced wines of individuality and character, with little need for intervention in the cellar. It is fast proving to be a region perfectly suited to the cultivation of Mediterranean varieties. To the west, it borders the Atlantic Ocean, which brings cool afternoon and evening breezes, helping the vineyards recover at night, maintaining freshness and acidity. It is a relatively large region, and can be divided into four sub-regions based on soil types.

Kloovenburg
Kloovenburg is owned by the du Toit family, and is situated just outside the idyllic town of Riebeek Kasteel. The vineyards surely must have one of the best views in the Cape, as they are located on the upper east facing slopes of the valley between the Riebeek and Porcelain mountains. The vineyards are planted on very steep slopes, and have varied and interesting row directions and aspects, bringing much complexity to the grapes.

Mountain View
Mountain View is situated on the western slopes of Riebeek Kasteel. Owned by financier Dave Thompson, and managed by his son Dean, this farm has one of the most interesting locations in the Swartland. In summer these vines receive the maximum benefits from the cool breezes coming off the Atlantic Ocean as they are situated on the upper western slopes of the Riebeek Mountain.

Kasteelsig
If vineyards had CV’s, Kasteelsig would have an impressive one. Producing grapes for some of the Capes most respected wines, these dry land, organically farmed vineyards produce classy, complete wines. Owned by Argentinian, Billy Hughes, and managed by ex-university viticulture lecturer Eddie Pienaar, these vines are farmed with a true sensitivity, and this shines through in the character of the wines they produce.

Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein is found on the rolling hills west of Malmesbury, and is planted with some of the Cape’s first mourvèdre vines. Although these rich red soils are very well drained and the vines unirrigated, the vines are grown in a goblet form, and the resultant lower yields produce wines of fantastic perfume and concentration. The grapes also ripen relatively early, and allow us to harvest at lower sugar levels, whilst still maintaining this lush mouth feel.

 

Tulbagh

The picturesque valley of Tulbagh is an hour and a half’s drive north of Cape Town. Bordering the Swartland, the region has a long winemaking tradition. It is however only really famous for a massive earthquake that flattened the village in 1969, and before the Clack family arrived in town in the mid 90’s, Tulbagh had been caught in a 25-year-slumber. Surrounded by the Winterhoek and Witzenberg mountains, it’s soils are mostly a mixture of malmesbury shale on the hill slopes, and alluvial deposits on the valley floor.

Uitvlugt
Uitvlugt is the home of the Clack’s, a family at the very center of Tulbagh’s wine renaissance. In the last decade they have been responsible for initiating the birth of all of Tulbagh’s most interesting wine projects, and have planted vines of their own. Located in the valley north of Tulbagh, their soils are a mixture of alluvial deposits and malmesbury shale. Their cabernet tends to the earthy, minty spectrum (often reminding us of ratatouille on the nose!), and providing supple firmness for blending.

Worcester

Worcester is a big region with a reputation for producing volumes of average wine. There are however some real gems to be found here, and each year many of the private cellars in more illustrious areas sneak over the mountain to purchase grapes from Worcester’s conscientious growers.

De Breede
De Breede is owned and farmed by the Suter family, originally from Switzerland. They purchased the farm in 1999, and set about a wonderful rejuvenation project. The vines are all planted on deep, stony alluvial soils. Their vineyards are managed by one of their sons Bruno, who follows a very natural approach, with composts, cover crops and mulching central parts of a program that has resulted in very healthy, balanced vines. Traditionally the grapes from their farm were delivered to the local co-operative, but tired of having their hard work dumped into the same tanks as their lazy neighbours; they started selling to some of Stellenbosch’s most prestigious private cellars, and in 2003 built their own cellar. Though Worcester is not a famous region, their vineyards (and especially their cinsault) are some of the best kept secrets in the Cape.

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch has long been the most respected winemaking region in the Cape. It produces classy wines, and is at the forefront of building South Africa’s reputation as a winemaking country. Strongly influenced it’s proximity to the ocean, we love Stellenbosch for the freshness and class it brings to blends.

Bilton
Bilton is located on the upper slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, next door to some illustrious neighbours. The property runs all the way up the mountain, with the syrah at the top, looking over False Bay. Stellenbosch is the coolest of the areas we purchase grapes from, and though the soils in this region can be slightly vigorous, they are well balanced on the upper slopes of the mountains, and the climate brings good acidity to blends.