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KROMME VALLEI RIEBEEKSRIVIER PARELVALLEI ALTIMA ARBEIDSEND
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Swartland

Riebeeksrivier

A historical farm along the Riebeeksrivier road, on the slopes of Kasteelberg, overlooking the Swartland. Purchased in 2007 with the goal to produce top Rhône-style varietals.

Climate

Hot and dry with cooler nights and a substantial differentiation between day and night temperatures. Typically Mediterranean.

Aspect

The vineyards are planted on eastern and southeastern slopes on the mountain, as well as some westerly facing slopes - providing a variety of microclimates within this terroirs.

Soils

The shale soils, similar to the soils of the Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône and some sites in the Priorat area in Spain, express themselves strongly in the wine with unique varietal characteristics.

Varietals

Planted to Syrah, Carignan, Chenin Blanc, Cinsaut, Durif, Grenache Noir, Marsanne, Mourvedre and Roussanne.

Riebeeksrivier Farm, Swartland

The first vineyards that were planted at Riebeeksrivier were Chenin Blanc in 1972 and Pinotage in 1973, which are no longer in production. There are old Chenin Blanc vines (planted in 1987 and 1988) and Cinsaut (planted in 1990 and 1995) that still produce a good quality harvest.

Riebeeksrivier

Chenin Blanc

Complex nose with apricot and nectarine brushed by a dusty gravel element and just a hint of floral perfume

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Caroline

Delicate orange blossom oral notes overlay more distinctive creamy citrus peel on the nose.

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Syrah

Aromatics of Fynbos with herbaceous whiffs, extending to plum and dark fruit characteristics on the nose. Hints of lavender are evident too.

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Southern Slopes

Appealing spicy dark fruit: black cherry with cedar and a hint of tobacco.

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Western Slopes

Appealing aromas of spicy fruitcake, black cherry, blackcurrant and cedar.

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