The Winery

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The Winery

A very modern 250-ton cellar provides winemaker, Leon Esterhuizen, with all the tools to produce the highest-quality wines with minimal interference in the natural winemaking process.

Future plans include the installation of bottling facilities and the building of a warehouse, barrel store and venue for private tastings.

The stylish new tasting centre, glassed on three sides, overlooks the barrel cellar and embraces the untrammelled beauty of the panoramic vista. The décor is elegantly minimalist and chic, and the centre spills out onto a spacious terrace, offering spectacular views of mountains, vineyards and False Bay, all the way across to Cape Point.

Personalised wine-tastings with the winemaker, Leon Esterhuizen, are available by appointment only, from Monday to Saturday, 09h00 until 17h00.

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Latest Review

Wine Explorer: South Africa

Once the grapes are de-stemmed it is lightly crushed in order to retain lots of whole berries in the fermentation tank.

One of our followers on twitter @AndyTheWineGuy recently returned from South Africa, bringing with him a tangible enthusiasm for the place and its wineries…
Here Andy recounts some of the regions that he visited with his opinions and tips for the uninitiated South African wine traveller:
Stellenbosch.

“Stellenbosch is probably the first South African wine region that comes to many people’s minds. It is an only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, or, alternatively, a 90 minute local stopping train with 2 changes, a 2km walk and a 2 hour “Taxi” comprising of 10 gobsmacked locals and my girlfriend Kate and I as we took our own route to the charming, modern University town. With hindsight, and as exciting and eventful though it was, I wouldn’t really recommend attempting our choice of route as we encountered some hairy situations as a price for our adventurousness. Nevertheless we did arrive safely and soundly and checked in at a guesthouse called “Languedoc” owned by a lovely English couple, funnily enough, also of Cheshire descent. Stellenbosch sits surrounded by 3 blue-grey towering mountains, “Helderberg, Simonberg and Stellenbosch”. It is also known as the ‘City of Oaks’. The Wines of South Africa website describes the area as follows:

‘The mountainous terrain, good rainfall, deep well-drained soils and diversity of terroirs make this a sought-after viticultural area. The rapidly increasing number of wine estates and producers (some 150) includes some of the most famous names in Cape wine. The district, with its mix of historic estates and contemporary wineries, produces excellent examples of almost all the noble grape varieties and is known for the quality of its blended reds.’

When we visited Stellenbosch, I found the Shiraz, Chenin, occasionally Riesling and the Bordeaux blends to be the most impressive across the board. Particular mentions must go to: ’Journey’s End’ (their range of wines demonstrated incredible consistency, their Cape Doctor Bordeaux Blend my overall pick), “Vergelegen” (Chardonnay and an amazing 100% Cabernet Franc), “De Trafford” (Chenin Blanc, Four V, Elevation 393 & their lusciously sweet Straw Wine) and finally the imperious “Meerlust” whose owner Hannes Meiburg hosted us incredible courteously.

It was a life-changing place to visit, I implore you to make the trip over there, I booked a personal guide for the 2 days, it is worth every penny – www.wosa.co.za can tailor a personalised route for you with extremely knowledgeable guides available – no I don’t get commission, they’re just the best. Plus it means you have a driver, no spitoons required!”

Andy

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Our Wines

We produce 4 varietal wines – each with their own complex character, each unique yet true to the terroir.

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Minimum interference with fruit is the centre of our winemaking philosophy. Only the very best French oak is used to add complexity and elegance to these wines. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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