“Winegrowing in Stellenbosch since 1981.”
Almost all the estate’s vineyards are planted on the foothills and mid-slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain with vineyards ranging from 240 to 360 metres above sea level. This elevated position exposes the vineyards to cooling winds during the spring and summer seasons.
A variety of slopes, aspects and the prevalence of different clay-rich soil types result in unique pockets of terroir, allowing us to produce wines with complexity and character. Many of the vineyards are found on cooler south and southwestern facing slopes that produce some of the best Cabernet Franc in the Stellenbosch region.
“To express the farms unique viticultural qualities in every wine, we limit irrigation to the absolute minimum.”
Realising the importance of biodiversity, over the past decade we have strived to maintain a balance between nature and winemaking. Our aim is to embrace the environment with our vineyard management practices.
To express the farms unique viticultural qualities in every wine, we limit irrigation to the absolute minimum. Due to the high clay content in the subsoil the irrigation demand for most of the vineyards is extremely low, with some of our vineyards being farmed completely dry land.
Cover crops such as lupins and radish are planted to naturally uplift soil compaction, which helps to improve soil health, organic matter as well as soil microbial activity thus minimising the need for herbicide. We can detect the positive effect of our efforts; our booming earthworm population is a result of that.
We also refrain from using harmful insecticides, and rather use natural predators as well as spot treatments in the vineyards instead. The natural vegetation on the farm as well as the corridors between the vineyards are supported in order to improve the diversity and life on the farm. There are no issues with snails, weevils or other invasive insects, which is a clear example of the success of a farm where the environment forms part of the daily management activities.