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.
Hot and dry with cooler nights and a substantial differentiation between day and night temperatures. Typically Mediterranean.
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.
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.
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.
Complex nose with apricot and nectarine brushed by a dusty gravel element and just a hint of floral perfume