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Tuesday -
Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00
Monday/Sunday: - Closed


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The Vineyard
yg7v0810The topography of the land consists of rolling hills with the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains as backdrop. Table Mountain and False Bay ocean can be seen from high points on the farm. The soil is made up of mixed types, with mainly Hutton top-soil and deeper layers of shale, gravel and clay. While daytime temperatures in summer are fairly high, the cool ocean breeze in the afternoon and high elevation cause a drop in temperature and cool nights. This ensures full, crisp and healthy fruit. The Mediterranean climate and heavy lime-rich soils with average low vine vigour, create an ideal situation for the production of quality grapes and premium wines. Grape varieties currently comprise Chardonnay,Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz. All vines are trellised and drip irrigated. While the plantings are of selected and "shy bearing" clones of each variety, additional complexity of character in the wine is obtained by cultivating two different Cabernet, Shiraz Chardonnay clones.

The relatively small size of the farm make personal involvement with the soil and hand-on training and supervision of the work force possible. The overriding viticultural goal is to achieve balanced vine growth, with naturally open vine canopies and good fruit exposure to sunlight without excessive temperatures. Planting densities vary between 3 800 to 4 800 vines per hectare depending on clone and rootstock vigour. It is because of the balance of the naturally lower yields of an average between 5 and 8 tons per hectare and the growth habit of the vines, that optimal grape quality results.