Grapes The finest locally sourced grapes, originating from Onderkloof’s vineyard and vinyards from the Wellington area, were used. Grapes were hand-picked and transported in 20 kilogram crates to the cellar.
Vinification While 90% of the juice was fermented with carefully selected yeast and aged on it’s fine lees, the other 10% of the juice was fermented naturally in old wine barrels until bottling in January 2018. In order to create the creaminess, unique to our Chenin Blanc, the settled lees was mixed up once per month.
Tasting notes The Chenin Blanc 2017 presents pleasant tropical fruit and honey aromas on the nose. The palate delights with hints of wood, from the partial barrel maturation, followed by a satisfyingly creamy aftertaste.
Our recommendation The Chenin Blanc 2017 will complement cheese platters and fish dishes.
Alcohol – 13% Vol, RS – 2.0 g/l, TA – 5.7 g/l, pH – 3.38
Grapes The grapes are grown on our neighboring farm, 400m next to our cellar.
Vinification The grapes have been pressed as whole bunches. After the juice settled over night, it was pumped in six old 500 litre barrels. Natural fermentation started days later and continued fermenting for six weeks. The wine stayed in barrel until bottling – six months later. Every two to three weeks, the fine lees in the barrels were mixed up to give the wine a certain creaminess.
Tasting notes The Chardonnay is a heavy, full bodied white wine. The aromas consist of a combination of the Chardonnay fruit, some wood and a creamy finish.
Our recommendation This wine suits great for cheese platters and fish dishes.
Alcohol – 14.0% Vol, R.S. – 1.8 g/l, T.A. – 4.7 g/l, pH – 3.56
Grapes The vines were farmed organically. All grapes were harvested from a single four hectare vineyard in Stellenbosch, 3 kilometres from Onderkloof. The small yield of 4 tons per hectare resulted in concentrated flavours. The actual harvest period lasted for three days. In order to deliver the grapes in a cool condition, they were only harvested in the mornings. They were hand-picked and packed in 20 kilogram harvest crates for transport to the cellar.
Vinification The grapes were hand-sorted prior to the destemming and crushing processes. The mash macerated for 6 to 9 hours in the membrane press under exclusion of air. Prior to bottling the wine was in contact with its fine lees for a maximum palate.
Tasting notes On the nose, the wine shows concentrated, tropical and refreshing flavours such as guava and grapefruit. On the palate, it has a very full bodied and fruity character. Fine fruit acidity accompanies the long and harmonious aftertaste.
Our recommendationWe recommend serving the Sauvignon Blanc with apéritifs, fish, light meals, cheeses and hot cheese dishes.
Alcohol – 13% Vol, RS – 2.6 g/l, WS – 6.5 g/l, pH – 3.33
Cabernet Franc “Bottleneck” Rosé
Grapes After a hot harvest day, our pickers brought, to our surprise, another 4 tons of harvested Cabernet Franc grapes. All the tanks in the cellar were already filled to capacity and hence we were confronted with a serious bottleneck! The only available container was the wine-press. Consequently we started a new adventure; we launched the “Bottleneck” Rosé.
Vinification After sorting and destemming, the mash was stored for 12 hours in our press. The fermentation took place with selected yeasts. The wine was bottled only 3 months after the harvest.
Tasting notes The wine shows on the nose and pallet fruity flavours of raspberry and strawberry. A bit of acidity is well combined with a little sweetness.
Our recommendation The Rosé is a great choice for the summer. It suits perfectly with light meals such as melon, ham, salad and salmon.
Alcohol – 13% Vol, RS – 7.7 g/l, WS – 6.9 g/l, pH – 3.30
Grapes Pinotage is an authentic South African wine variety. A cross between Pinot noir and Cinsault, it was grown for the first time in 1925. Working with this grape variety is quite challenging and requires effort and careful selection to vinify its powerful but fine and elegant character.
Vinification The grapes were harvested on the slopes of Schapenberg, which crosses the highest altitude of our farm. The single terroir is 1.3 hectares. These are the only bush vines on the farm and must be harvested painstakingly in a kneeling position. The vines grow on the barren and rocky, but well-drained, soil of Onderkloof and are not irrigated. This creates the incomparable strong fruit flavour. Our Pinotage was matured for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting notes The wine presents a deep ruby-red colour. The bouquet is delightfully spicy and intense, with full fruit flavours. The full-bodied structure of Pinotage is maintained throughout its long-lasting aftertaste.
Our recommendation The Pinotage is well-suited to red meat, barbeques, pastas and cheeses.
Alcohol – 14% Vol, RS – 2.6 g/l, WS – 5.6 g/l, pH – 3.59
Grapes Cabernet Franc grapes are not as common as Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Cabernet Franc grapes are typically used for wine blends because of its low tanins. Because we were so impressed with the quality of these grapes, we decided to bring a pure Cabernet Franc on the market. The grapes were hand-picked and not irrigated.
The grapes come from a single vineyard on our neighbouring farm.
Vinification The wine has been naturally fermented. The grapes were pressed after 30 days and the young wine then aged for two years in French barrels.
Tasting notes The Cabernet Franc is a harmonious, balanced wine. The strong body is well combined with a spicy nose. The compote aromas combine very well with the wood aromas from the French barrels, which all together gives this wine its elegant character.
Our recommendationThe wine is well-suited for red meat and cheese dishes.
AWARDS Tim Atkin Best Value Red 2017, Wine Style PEOPLE’S COICE : Gold medal.
Alcohol – 14.9% Vol, R.S. – 2.3 g/l, T.A. – 5.0 g/l, pH – 3.60
Grapes The Sir Lowry Classic Blend is our only red blend. It consists of two grape varieties – Cabernet Franc (50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (50%). These two varieties proved to make a harmonious combination and give the wine an exclusive touch.
All the grapes are from the Stellenbosch wine region. The grapes were harvested by hand and vetted before processing.
Vinification The wine was naturally fermented and aged for two years in French barrels.
Tasting notes The dark coloured wine possesses pleasing aromas of red berries and is infused with the refined taste of oak. The wine has an enjoyable long lasting aftertaste.
Our recommendation This wine accompanies all meat and cheese dishes.
Alcohol – 14.5% Vol, R.S. – 2.5 g/l, T.A. – 5.3 g/l, pH – 3.54
Grapes The grapes are from a single vineyard from our neighbouring farm, 400m next to our cellar.
Vinification The grapes were fermented in two different tanks with two different yeast cultures. The pressing of the two batches took place three to four weeks after crushing. The malolactic fermentation and ageing of the wine happened purely in stainless steel tanks.
Tasting notes Because of the absence of any wood during the maturation, the wine is able to present a pure Cabernet Sauvignon flavour, which is typically fruity with a hint of green pepper on the nose. This aroma originates from the variety typical pyrazines.
Our recommendation This wine suits for every meat and cheese dish.
Alcohol – 12.4% Vol, R.S. – 3.2 g/l, T.A. – 5.5 g/l, pH – 3.70