The Cellar

The Cellar

THE WINEMAKING

We vinify each cultivar separately and use a combination of stainless steel tanks and Oak barrels to ferment and mature them. After a few months and when we are confident about the quality of each of the components, we blend them together and bottle them a few weeks later.

We try to keep the addition of SO2 to a minimum and we add no other chemical to the wines. The whites are pressed after light skin contact and the juice is transferred to stainless-steel tanks, oak barrels or 600L eggs for fermentation and maturation.

The reds are fermented with a combination of whole bunch and destemmed grapes and left for some skin contact depending on the season.

Each varietal matures for about eight months on their own before they are blended together. The final red and white blends spend another four months in barrel and tanks before being bottled.

In addition to EU and NOP organic regulations, the winemaking complies with the guidelines set by the Swartland Independent Producers (SIP) where the wines must be naturally produced and reflect the true sense of origin.

“Our soils are red and high in clay content. This produces wines that are dark, dense and masculine. Our mission in life is to tame them a bit and give them more subtle and feminine tones. We achieve this by using whole bunch fermentation, harvesting early and breaking the skins as little as possible.”

OUR CELLAR

We have built an underground cellar using retired shipping containers, stones and other natural materials from our area. The idea is to create an environment for winemaking that is stable in temperature without using man made energy to do it.

Architectural concepts such as earth coupling, thermal mass, green roof and passive energy are all applied here. Read more about the development and principles of our cellar here.

WINEMAKERS

Over the years, we have had the privilege of working together with wonderful winemakers who have shown us the path to making great wines …

Jeremy Borg, Rolanie Lotz, and a few others helped us make wine in the early days, when we did not have our own cellar.

Bryan MacRobert worked with us from 2013 to 2016, after which he decided to pay full attention to his own wine venture in Rioja, Spain. With Bryan we reached the Diners Club Wine Maker of the Year final in 2014 and harvested high ratings in Platter’s.

Lieze Norval is our current winemaker. She has a beautiful affinity to our grapes and together with her we are learning how to make the best wines around. She is also a wonderful photographer, and many of her pictures have been used in this website.

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