2018 Piekenierskloof Old Vines Grenache

Our newly bottled and recent released Piekenierskloof Old Vines Grenache is an effort to bring tribute to the very exclusive Piekenierskloof Old Vines Grenache, which has been described as hens teeth.

Partnering with Johan Van Zyl from the farm Heidedal in the high mountains of the Piekenierskloof Valley, we put much effort into this vineyard and winemaking to produce a very individually styled wine. The grapes are grown on 700 meters above sea level on decomposed granite soils and were picked beginning February from a mature 45 year old vineyard – planted in 1973.

In the winery we did 35% whole bunch natural fermentation which started slowly after three days of cold soak and completed in 7 days, then another 3 days on the skins after the wine was fermented dry. The wine spent 9 months in older large format – 400L and 500L French oak barrels before preparing ( with minimum intervention ) for bottling. The result is an honest wine and true to Piekenierskloof Old Vines Grenache – reflecting where it comes from.

2018 Old Vines Cinsault

Our newly bottled and recent released Old Vines Cinsault is an effort to bring tribute to one of the workhorse grapes of the South African wine industry.

Partnering with Johan Van Zyl from the farm Heidedal in the high mountains of the Piekenierskloof Valley, we put much effort into this vineyard and winemaking to produce a very individually styled wine. The grapes are grown on 700 meters above sea level on decomposed granite soils and were picked beginning February from a mature 41 year old vineyard, planted in 1976.

In the winery we did 25% whole bunch natural fermentation which started slowly after three days of cold soak and completed in 14 days, then another 4 days on the skins after the wine was fermented dry. The wine spent 6 months in older small French oak barrels before preparing ( with minimum intervention ) for bottling. The result is an honest wine and true to Old Vines Cinsault – reflecting where it comes from.

2018 Pearly Gates Pinot Noir

The Pearly Gates Farm, owned by JHN Hanekom, produces the Pinot Noir vineyard used for the Kruger Pinot Noir. The vineyard consists of two neighboring vineyards on 500 meters above sea level in the Upper Hemel and Aarde Valley. Complexity is already reached in the vineyard by having half of the surface planted with east west row direction and half with north south row direction. The vineyard was planted in 2003 with 5 different clones on loam rich top soil, situated on clay and also areas with decomposed granite, resulting in natural low pH and high acidity.

The grapes are handled ( VERY ) gently in the winery. We use between 20 and 40% whole bunch and cold soak for 5 days before natural fermentation starts. Pigeage takes place once, sometimes twice per day and we aim to have to wine on the skins for at least 20 days. After a gentle pressing the wine settles, goes to older oak barrels for 11 months before bottling. Malolactic fermentation happens naturally in barrel. Racking occurs three times in the wine`s life,which enables us not to filter, resulting in complex and concentrated flavours.

Tasting notes: (Platter’s wine guide 2020)
A wine of both clarity & complexity. Portion whole bunch enhances scented dark fruit, undergrowth layers; these lengthily sustained by natural acidity, fine grip. Oak, 5% new, 10 months. A charmer.

We truly hope you have as much enjoyment in drinking our wine as we have had in producing it.