OUR WINES
Our grapes are produced in the sandy gravel of the lower slopes of the Helderberg. This combination of location and ideal soil type results in minimal irrigation being required. The Mediterranean climate contributes to the even ripening of the grapes, and the nearby ocean provides a cooling breeze in the hot summer afternoons. These factors create the perfect environment for growing our two classic noble grape varieties.

Deciding when to harvest is done through visual selection, tasting and analysis. Typical fruit flavours, tannin structure and uniform ripeness are the main considerations in the selection process. The fruit is harvested by hand then transported to the cellar for de-stemming and crushing. Next, it goes into old-style open-top concrete fermentation tanks to ensure sufficient skin contact. After fermentation, the wine is pressed and then stored in French oak barrels for the secondary (malolactic) fermentation. Barrel maturation lasts for 18 months, after which the wine is bottled and hand-labelled.

The focus in the vineyard is on maximising the fruit and structure in the grape. In the cellar, our aim is to preserve those flavours and maintain freshness, elegance and finesse.

2015

current release

Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc

The Equitania Reserve is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with a ripe dark fruit nose(berry & blackberry) and hints of integrated wood flavours.

The palate shows crisp acidity, with silky tannins on the finish and the colour is dominated by the bright ripe fruit with good medium to dark violet tones.

The wine has a medium structure and the acidity will ensure it develops well during cellaring.

2017

current release

Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc

The moderate weather pattern during the early stages of the growing season and following through till late into summer, ensured even ripening. Small berries due to the 3rd year of extra dry conditions gave concentrated berries. No wonder that 2017 is hailed as one of the best vintages of the decade.

The colour of the wine is deep, black centered. It has a smoky, dark chocolate aroma, brimming with bright fruits like mulberries and pomegranate. A hint of spice rounds off the nose. The palate is immediately accessible, dominated by ripe fruit, cedar wood and earthy tones . It is compact and neatly surrounded by oak inspired tannins. The wine matured in 70% new and 30% older 225L oak barrels for 18 months. It is still youthful, with slightly unbalanced grape and wood tannins, at odds with each other, on the finish. With time this will become well integrated.

2018

current release

Chenin Blanc

Small parcels of Chenin Blanc grapes were selected to make this wine. It has a star bright clarity: light straw with a green tinge. The nose, which is at first shy, opens up to reveal layers of passionfruit, pear and stone fruits, and a whisper of honeycomb, right at the back. Fresh and focused palate , steely, with pear drops, filling out the middle. Partial maturation in older oak barrels for 6 months , lends a creaminess to the finish which is completed with the gentle tropical sweetness which is the trade mark of Chenin Blanc grapes that was fully ripe when picked.

 

 

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