Franschhoek | Walker Bay | A coastal venture by Boekenhoutskloof, made from grapes from the Hemel en Aarde valley.
Hemel en Aarde | Crystallum Wines is a small, family run and privately owned winery based in the Walker Bay region of South Africa. The two Finlayson brothers are the third generation of Finlayson winemakers and the sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir making in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. The Peter Max Pinot Noir is crafted from fruit sourced from four vineyards, three in the Hemel en Aarde area of Walker Bay and one on a high altitude, inland site. The vineyards form the perfect building blocks to reflect the outstanding vintage. The Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir is produced from fruit grown from a single vineyard – one of the highest in the Hemel-en-Aarde region. This region is characterised by a moderate climate which results in delayed ripening and a late harvest. The soils are clay and shale in composition, which allows optimum fruit development while naturally restricting vigour and keeping crop levels low.
Hemel en Aarde | Pinot Noir is unique as it displays both a delicacy and richness, but it is often quoted as a varietal with a character of its own and carries the crown of being the most terroir-expressive of all grape varieties. The beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley represents that unique combination of soil and climate that exists in only a handful of places where the exact balance provides the perfect expression of this elusive grape.
Bouchard Finlayson has established a global reputation for its flagship wine, the Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, which has won numerous awards and accolades. Repeated vintages of this path-blazing wine continue to reflect a true celebration of Pinot: consistently endorsing the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley as the perfect place to grow this illusive grape. The meticulous viticulture approach is based on the Burgundian principal of high-density planting with low yields from individual vines. 9000 vines are planted per hectare, one meter apart, in five rows. The sixth row is missing to facilitate maintenance of the vines and to avoid compaction of the soils. High density planting encourages greater surface of leaf exposure and restricts root growth, thereby improving fruit concentration, which is so essential to the making of truly great wines. Our vine training system is “Double Guyot”. As practiced in Burgundy, green harvest takes place at veraison. Approximately 35% of the green fruit is picked and left on the ground, leaving the remaining 65% of the harvest to develop greater flavour concentration. Experienced pickers harvest the grapes by hand. The picking team moves through the vineyard up to three times, to ensure that grapes are picked at optimum ripeness and health.
Robertson | The Springfield Pinot Noir was planted in 1997 on a rock infested outcrop, too steep for tractors or other implements, so all the tending needs to be done by hand. The extreme density of 9000 vines per hectare and the scarcity of soil between the abundant rocks results in a vineyard yielding only a few bunches per year.
Beautiful rich complexities of fresh, full-ripe crispy berries and cherries are complemented by pronounced velvety-nutty flavours on the mid-palate leading to smooth tannins on the finish.
Maturation in the finest French oak assists in unleashing the typical Pinot Noir fruit flavours whilst maintaining all the characteristics of an elegant wine.
Bot River | The Wildekrans winemaking philosophy is based on the premise that great wines begin in the vineyard. Consequently, infinite care is taken to match varietals to suitable soil types. The vines are thereafter nurtured to produce low yielding crops of pronounced structure and fruit intensity.
Strandveld | Strandveld Vineyards is located between Elim and Cape Agulhas, just 9km from the sea. This wind-swept winery derives its name from the belt of land which spans the tempestuous tip of Africa’s southernmost coastline. At almost 35 degrees below the equator, this part of our fair Cape is characterised by severe winds, billowing mist and below average temperatures. A unique combination of maritime climate, alternating sites and diverse soil types work together to create the terroir which distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards. This complex wine exudes a classic elegance with ripe cherry fruit flavours and a fragrant spiciness complimented by ripe tannins and a long finish. A truly versatile light red wine which will benefit from chilling before serving.
Stellenbosch | Elgin | When we started on our wine journey from humble origins in 1997, we have always held the view that our intention is to produce a range of unique wines of excellence and, above all, to have fun doing it. As custodians of such an ancient craft, a balanced, holistic, creative and respectful approach reflects harmony and character in our wines.
Pinot Noir on Sandstone Soil: The focus is on complexity, ripe but restrained fruit by carefully selecting and blending clones and sandstone soils within the cool Elgin area. Emphasis is on maximising layered flavour spectrums balanced with seamless tannin extraction. This is achieved by a minimalist and natural approach with attention to the integrity of the variety specifically cultivated on lighter, sandstone type soils.
Pinot Noir on Clay Soils: The focus is on purity, vibrancy, restraint and harmonious balance by the careful selection and blending of specific clones grown on clay soils in the cool Elgin Valley.
Stellenbosch | Sourced from 3 vineyards, one within 5 km of the Indian Ocean, one in Stellenbosch and one high in the Tulbagh mountains, the bunches were hand sorted and de-stemmed. A fresh, modern, New World style with a nod to the complexity of Burgundy. This Pinot Noir shows ripe, fresh raspberry, strawberry and vanilla notes on the nose. The palate has a touch of minerality and earthiness layered below the fresh, clean fruit.
Hemel en Aarde | Seven Springs Vineyard is a premium wine producer, situated in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, between the seaside town of Hermanus and the spa town of Caledon, in the picturesque Western Cape, South Africa. The vineyard nestles between Shaws Mountain to the north and the Teslaarsdal Mountain Range to the south, with Walker Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond these mountains. It is this oceanic influence, coupled with our shale derived soils, known locally as Bokkeveld Shale, that gives our vines the potential to produce exceptional grapes from both north and south facing vineyards.
Hemel en Aarde | The Pinot Noir is the embodiment of our most definitive and consistent vineyard sites on the estate. Over the years every aspect of these vineyards has been detailed and fine-tuned in order to present their individual character and our relationship with this farm.
Stellenbosch | Kleine Zalze’s award-winning wines are known for their distinctly South African character, boasting lively, full-bodied flavours that reflect the local climate and terroir. With their classical composition and complimentary relationship with food, our wines ensure a refreshing experience reminiscent of the Stellenbosch countryside.
Franschhoek | Our wines are made using two noble cultivars, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The structure of Pinot Noir and the elegance of Chardonnay bring balance to our wines and a freshness to our Méthode Cap Classique. Our Méthode Cap Classique and related wines are produced under Pierre Jourdan, the name of the French Huguenot to whom the farm was granted in 1694. Our still wines are produced under the name of Haute Cabrière, paying tribute to Pierre Jourdan’s home town in France.
Paarl | Consistency, expertise and a commitment to always deliver beyond expectation is what we strive for with every bottle of Glen Carlou wine. Established in 1985, Glen Carlou is a relatively young estate which has built an enviable reputation as one of South Africa’s leading producers. Nestled in the heart of the Paarl Winelands, with vineyards at the foothills of the renowned Simonsberg Mountain, our grapes revel in their terroir.
Stellenbosch | At Ernst Gouws we have been perfecting our art over four consecutive generations and our wines bear our family name as testament to our commitment. The circular labels symbolize our infinite passion for wine, family and tradition, and the intricate ties that have forged them. In a brilliant shade of pale ruby, our Pinot noir offers the quintessential aromas of sharp red cherry and fresh cranberries. An accessible palate brimming with sweet and sour red berry notes is complimented by generous firm acidity, dried herbs and a delightfully pure raspberry finish.
Hemel en Aarde | Our low-vigour, stony, clay-rich soil, cool maritime mesoclimate, naturally tiny yields of well under 35 hl/ha and our philosophy of expressing our terroir in our wines – give rise to a certain tightness, tannin line and elevated length to balance the richness and generosity of our Pinot noir. Our Pinot noir is not overtly fruity.
Elgin | The Kogelberg Biosphere is a UNESCO World Heritage site, stretching from Gordon’s Bay to Bot River lagoon and inland to Grabouw and the Groenland Mountain. With over 1600 different plant species, it is one of the world’s richest sites for plant diversity. The Paul Cluver estate forms part of this biosphere. Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir Andries believes that the essence of a great Pinot noir is the purity of fruit and the structure of the wine. This wine has this essence, substantiated by its natural acidity. The colour has a wonderful luminosity, reminiscent of ripe cherries. The nose holds a combination of red berry, spice, mushrooms and dark chocolate. The palate is a continuation of all found on the nose. Structured and poised, with a tantalizing mineral core. Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir This wine has a lovely luminosity – the colour is bright plum skin. The nose has delicate earthy almond aromas combined with cranberry, pomegranate and raspberries. On the palate these characteristics follow through combining with interesting seaweed, umami savory flavours. Paul Cluver Village Pinot noir Beautiful aromas of red fruits intermingle with roasted spices followed by a delicious, elegant silky palate of poached ripe plums resulting in medium bodied wine with soft edges. Crafted for drinking now, it has the structure and fruit to be enjoyed for two years and beyond.
Hemel en Aarde | Situated within the Walker Bay wine region, Hemel-en-Aarde lies west of Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost tip. Orientated on an east/west axis it is approximately 35 kilometres long and covers some of the most dramatically beautiful terrain in the Western Cape. With its close proximity to the South Atlantic Ocean, the climate is particularly mild, ideal for growing cooler-climate loving grapes. From the beginning our soils have dictated which grape cultivars we plant. These are important vehicles to express our terroir and ultimately the wines you have come to enjoy. Our wines are a pure expression of the soil in which they grow. Currently, we have a total of twelve hectares under vine with a further twelve planned for the future.
Stellenbosch | The estate is blessed with very particular and suitable soils. The sub-soils are predominantly clay, from an ancient alluvial deposit, while the topsoil and intermingling layers are of progressively weathered granite gravel, originating from majestic granite mountains thrust up by volcanic activity some 160 million years ago. Its proximity to the sea allows its vineyards to benefit from the cooling effect of the prevailing south-east wind during the hot Cape summers, permitting a slow ripening of the grapes for a rich varietal aroma. The area experiences extremely heavy dew deposits and its annual winter rainfall measures approximately 550mm. Further moisture is derived from the mists that occur in this coastal belt during the ripening period. Temperatures are moderate around the year. The vines are hand-nurtured by the people who live and work on the estate.
Hemel en Aarde | Hannes Storm crafts Pinot Noir on two small parcels of land with particularly exceptional terroirs, one in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and the other in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. These vineyards were planted in 2008 to the tiny red bunched grape variety that he loves dearly. Storm Wines strives to steer the purest characteristics of each vineyard site towards bottle and cork. Small production, careful viticulture, minimal intervention in the cellar and a constant nod to the Old World present the wines with distinctive personality and character. The Storm Wines Pinot Noir range includes the Storm Vrede Pinot Noir (grown on low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Shale soils), the Storm Ignis Pinot Noir (grown on decomposed Granite soils) and the Storm Ridge Pinot Noir (grown on low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Shale soils).
Ceres | Cape Town | A consistent winner of both national and international wine awards, our Pinot Noir is nourished by the unique ‘terroir’ of the Graaff family farm in the Witzenberg Mountain range in Ceres, better known until recently for high quality apples and pears. At an altitude of 960 meters above sea level, with winter snowfalls often covering the vineyards, a truly continental climate facilitates gradual ripening for a concentrated, luscious, elegant, ‘terroir’ driven wine which, as the vines mature, produces increasingly perfumed wines with each successive vintage.
Carefully handpicked in Ceres in the early hours of the morning, the grapes are vinified by Cellar Master Charles Hopkins in the safety of our cellar at De Grendel. Bright cherry red in colour, perfumed dried rose petals on the nose supersede luscious red cherry, raspberry and mulberry aromas underscored by nuances of clove and earthy fynbos. An entry of tart cranberry and black plum on the palate is emboldened by fruity pomegranate tannins before finishing with soft, velvety elegance. The acidity driven elegance and mild tannins of Pinot Noir make for what some would describe as the ultimate food loving wine. Elegant berry flavours compliment game bird, chicken or veal, while gentle tannins and succulent acidity cut through richer venison, lamb and even spicier curried dishes.
Elgin | The Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir comes from a 2.25ha vineyard planted to two different clones. The fruit was hand harvested, gently crushed and fermented in open fermenters for a period of ten days. Ambient yeasts and manual pigeage were utilised to coax both flavour and colour from the fruit. The must was lightly pressed and racked off into French oak barrique (20% new). Malo-lactic fermentation occured in barrique. The wine was barrel matured for a period of eleven months and lightly filtered prior to bottling to maintain the wine’s integrity and subtle Pinot flavour spectrum.
Elgin | Oak Valley wines are produced within the highly acclaimed cool climate Elgin Region, statistically the coolest wine region in South Africa. The benefit of a cooler climate is that the grapes spend a longer time attached to the vine. This enhances flavour development as the grapes reach physiological ripeness more gradually with lower sugar levels and consequently lower alcohols.
Hemel en Aarde | A classically-styled Pinot Noir with herbaceous undertones on the palate, rich forest floor, fruity spice flavours and a savoury finish. Integrated oak tannins stand up well to the expressive and dark ripe red fruit. The wine is expected to develop more complexity and body over time and should be drinking well for the next eight years. Our vineyards are North-facing at an approximate altitude of 260m above sea-level. The vineyards are planted to three clones of Pinot Noir, 115, 777, and 113, and row spacing is largely uniform at 2,4m. The vines are strung conventionally with exposure to wind and sun, rather than leaf count, being sought. Cover crop and natural, organic fertilisers are used to balance the vines’ vigour. Irrigation is present but is only deployed to minimize vineyard stress during extreme heat.
Franschhoek | Pinot Noir Reserve 2015: The Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve shows a ruby red colour, with notes of cherry, wild red berries, crushed black pepper, cinnamon and violets on the nose. Although firm in structure and intense in flavour, textures are mellow and round, expanding with time to extraordinary opulence and length on the palate. It should reach its prime in about 5-8 years after release. Feldspar Pinot Noir: The Feldspar Pinot Noir has a bright red colour. The bouquet is complex with scents recalling wild berries, spice, sour cherries and violets. On the palate the wine shows medium body with fruit flavours balanced elegantly bt tannins in a long finish.
Elgin | Iona is the coolest vineyard in the Cape, 420m above sea-level, high above the picturesque Elgin Valley. Surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Iona overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in the South. In a country where cool sites are precious, these vineyards are like gold — the grapes ripening up to two months later than other Cape vineyards and in perfect balance. The philosophy at Iona is to make wine that expresses the soils and climate as closely as possible, making use of sustainable farming methods and to maximise the use of natural products in farming and winemaking. Everything is done in-house. From the vineyard to the wine distribution, for Andrew and Rozy, Iona is the sole source of their focus, passion and great joy.
Stellenbosch / Elgin Hoopenburg is unique in that they are the only wine estate in South Africa where 100% of our grapes are produced from low yielding bush vines. Hoopenburg adheres environmentally-friendly and responsible farmin principles. The wine making process complements the grapes’ natural potential. All grapes are handpicked and sorted to have only the best juices extracted. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks or in open casks after which the wine is aged in French oak barrels. The fragile Pinot Noir berries were gently handled and fermented for thirteen days on the skins. The wine was then pressed and laid down to rest in French Oak barrels for twelve months. No racking occurred to limit oxidation. Finally the wine was racked into a tank. No fining occurred and a very coarse filtration was done, so as not to damage the fruit.
Bonnievale | We are blessed with diversity. In the Southern Robertson valley, Bonnievale, we have diversity in Soil. Down At the river we have sandy soils, in between deeper soils and up against the slopes or Hills my vines are planted in rocks. These rocks must be irrigated to enable me to grow vines in these extreme soil conditions. Due to the extreme rocky environment, the H2O is easily managed. The source of our H2O originates from the Du Toits Kloof mountain range and Ceres mountain range. This will all be dammed into the Brandvlei Dam that is channeled down to our Valley. We Dam it out and use this fresh H20 for our Micro irrigation system. So often we want to rave about climate, but it all starts with the Soil.
Cape Town | The 146 Ha Klein Constantia Wine Estate originally formed part of “Constantia”, a vast property established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape. This particular valley was chosen not only for its beauty, but also for the decomposed granite soils on its slopes, gently cooled by ocean breezes. Described as one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees and lush greenery on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with superb views across the Constantia Valley and False Bay. Klein Constantia’s Pinot Noir is part of its KC range, a more modern, easy-drinking and approachable style than their Estate wines.
Elim | The extreme and mysterious landscape at the southernmost tip of Africa has been the inspiration for the Ghost Corner wines. More than 130 ships have found their last resting place in these treacherous waters where compass readings show no deviation between magnetic and true north and navigation was just about impossible on dark and stormy nights. The Ghost Corner Pinot Noir is a beautifully crafted Pinot Noir with prominent red fruit of ripe cherries and sweet raspberries with an undertone of earthy, mushroom nuances. A silky palate with berries and delicate oak components following through. To be enjoyed on its own, but well paired with a mushroom soup or crispy duck and chicken dishes. A wine to be aged for 3 – 5 years.
Cederberg | Forming part of the highest lying vineyards in South Africa, the oldest farm in the Cederberg has been home to the Du Toit family for five generations. The cool mountain air and rocky soil create a unique Cederberg terroir. Collectively with David Nieuwoudt from neighbouring Cederberg Wines, wines with a distinct style and character are produced.
Darling | Groote Post is a historic 18th century farm on the Cape’s West Coast where winemaking traditions have been revived by the Pentz family. Unique aspects and cool climatic conditions of the Darling Hills yield superlative fruit. Our wines are produced to reflect the uniqueness of our vineyards.
Riversdale | Baleia started out as pioneers in the cultivation of vineyards in the district, and remains the only wine-producing farm in our region. Our main objective is to produce wines of exceptional quality – starting with the careful selection of cultivar clones, in farming conditions that include close proximity to the ocean, a limestone-rich soil and an ideal climate for cultivating grapes and olives.
Paarl | The Vrede en Lust vineyards are situated against the slopes of the dramatic Simonsberg Mountain between Paarl and Franschhoek. The diversity of the soils and elevations are closely linked with the quality of the Vrede en Lust wines. The higher elevated vineyards soils consist of well-drained weathered granite soils, with good water retention which necessitates minimal human intervention when it comes to irrigation. The lower lying sections consist of loamy and alluvial based soils. These soils are especially suited for the Rhone cultivars. The Casey’s Ridge Pinot Noir fruit was planted in 2010 and 2011 on Vrede en Lust’s Elgin farm, Casey’s Ridge. Two clones (PN115A and PN777) were planted on the same soil types as Table Mountain’s Sandstone and Skalie/Nabank soil.
Hemel en Aarde | La Vièrge’s “The Affair Pinot Noir” is a refined style of Pinot Noir showcasing the love affair between the soft, feminine side of Pinot, being the floral notes, hints of spice and silkiness; and the masculine linear strength of the tannins, hints of oak and brooding dark forest floor aromas.
Hemel en Aarde | Situated high up the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus, Creation’s vines climb the steep hills of Babylon Toren Mountain to a lofty altitude of 350 metres above sea level. Here they bask in generous sunlight, flourish in 450-million-year-old clay loam soils with decomposed Bokkeveld shale and dance in the cool breezes blowing in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. During the annual growth period, temperatures rarely exceed 30° C, while the cool night index throughout the year is 12° C lower than the day-time temperature.These factors result in full-flavoured grapes of outstanding quality, allowing for the creation of complex wines with length and depth. Reserve Pinot Noir Gleaming garnet with an inviting bouquet of spice – peppercorn and clove – supplemented by a delicate whiff of dried apricot. Smooth yet complex on the palate: layers of dried fruit mingle with hints of raspberry and piquant spice. A lingering wine with supple tannins to ensure excellent maturation potential. Recommended with veal cordon bleu, smoked salmon tagliatelle or duck, mushroom and lentil salad. Art of Pinot Noir Single site specific and barrel selection – individually numbered bottles available. Shiny, deep pomegranate-seed red with a robust bouquet of rose petal, dark cherry, pimento and anise. Complex and utterly enchanting on the palate: opulent layers of cherry and plum mingling with earthy flavours of mushroom and an elegant sprinkling of spice.
Robertson | The grapes were picked at 25°B. The wine is fermented slowly in open fermenters and plunged through regularly. After malolactic fermentation the wine is transferred with gravitation to third and fourth fill 300L and stored in French oak barrels for 8 months.
Elgin | South Hill is located at the south eastern end of the Elgin Valley. If the general climate of Elgin is considered uniquely well suited to the growing of premium quality grapes, then the meso-climate on South Hill is even more so. With no shortage of water in the valley and a high annual rainfall, the Elgin area is the envy of many farmers in this generally arid land of ours. Although South Hill has the benefits of plentiful water, being in a rain shadow means that we have a third of the annual rainfall of farms in the north western part of the valley.
South Hill’s “Kevin King Wines” are made from small, specially selected parcels of grapes from South Hill farm situated in the south eastern end of the Elgin Valley. The wines are made in tiny quantities and faithfully express their cool climate origin. All Kevin King Wines are made to be both characterful and food friendly. The Pinot Noir vineyard was planted in 2007 on a steep south east facing section of the farm. Both 115 and 777 clones were selected and yields were only 7 tons per hectare.
Hemel en Aarde | With one of the pre-eminent vine nurseries in the southern hemisphere and 3 different growing regions from which to cultivate their blends, the Bosman Family Vineyards have unrivalled access, knowledge, and expertise when it comes to crafting their wines. A strict selection process in the vineyard and the cellar means that only the top 5% of the total harvest is used for production. While historic vines offer distinct vintages, a thriving vine garden allows for constant innovation and the perfect blend of old and new.
Doring Bay | In 1999, the first vines of Fryer’s Cove were planted amongst beach vegetation. This area, which is eight hundred and twenty meters from shore and about twenty meters above sea level, is sought after for its ideal climate which translates into the prominently unique flavour and character of Fryer’s Cove wine.
Some 302kms from Cape Town the R362 winds its way up the picturesque West Coast. Along this largely unspoiled coastline lies Doringbaai, home to a small but hardy fishing community and arguably the world’s only vineyard this close to the Atlantic Ocean. The vines of Fryer’s Cove dot the hillside 820 meters from where the cold ocean throws its breakers against a rocky shore. The locals are as robust and unfettered as the landscape and it is this terroir that imbues every bottle of Fryer’s Cove wine. Fryer’s Cove wines have a distinct maritime flavour, hence our slogan ‘forged of the earth, tempered by the sea’.
The French term terroir is not easily defined, but among winemakers it represents all environmental factors that shape the personalities of wines from a specific vineyard or region. In our district, nature is unrelenting. It rains an average of only 50mm per year and the Southwesterly wind constantly buffets the coastline, but thanks to a series of fortunate coincidences this region is ideal for winemaking.
Because we have virtually no summer rain, our vineyards run little risk of being felled by rot and disease. The ocean and the wind further flavour us by carrying salt flakes onto the vine leaves. Not only does this alkalinity repel downy and powdery mildew it also gives our wines the distinct minerality that bears testimony to the close proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. Best of all, we get to be more environmentally friendly than some of our colleagues, by using less chemicals and introducing some organic methods as well. We believe in sustainable farming practices, so we planted our grapes among existing indigenous plants that provide a natural ground cover and protect the roots of the vines.The cove and nearby cliffs (after which our vineyard is named), acts as a natural buffer against the wind, stripping it of its destructive force and leaving only a cooling breeze. The cove also helps produce our microclimate, which averages 17 degrees Celsius. This and an abundance of sunshine enable our grapes to ripen slowly over a longer period of time, developing the outstanding flavour components associated with Fryer’s Cove wines. Another of nature’s gifts is the soil. It consists of a well-drained upper layer of red sand mixed with seashells and deeper layers of limestone that imparts a flinty character to our wines.
Elgin | In our quest to achieve a truly great Elgin Valley Pinot Noir we are not influenced or side tracked by other international Pinot Noir producing areas. It is to be true to our own parcel of land with its ancient soils and cool climate; to be proud to create an Elgin Valley Pinot Noir as we believe that the Elgin Valley and the Palmiet River represents the best growing conditions for Pinot Noir in South Africa.