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Lyngrove Wines

About the Winery

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Lyngrove Estate offers a wide range of quality wines. Their wines embody the rich complexity of the soils of the Cape’s unique winemaking region, and reflect the renewed South African dedication to maintaining the highest winemaking standards. Under the cooling influence of breezes from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, their vineyards produce quality grapes, carefully cultivated in superior soils on gentle mountain slopes in the perfect micro-climates for slow ripening.

Lyngrove is beautifully situated near Stellenbosch, on a hill overlooking the Helderberg Mountain on the one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Although viticulture in the Western Cape is relatively young, the geology is not, resulting in some of the most ancient viticulture soils in the world. Soils generally consist of sandy topsoil nestled on weathered decomposed granite and clay. Tukulu type soils are found on the mountain foothill slopes and on ranges of hills. The soils then change to Pinedene type soils with a higher content of clay and good water retention. In the dry summer months they make use of drip irrigation to supplement the moisture of the soils to ensure optimum ripening conditions. Some of the soils are also predominantly Koffieklip (coffee-stone), which is a combination of clay and iron-rich soils.

Lyngrove enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and winter rainfall. Maritime influences from the Atlantic Ocean and the moderating effect from the legendary southeaster wind called “the Cape doctor”, ensures an ideal climate for vines.

“Lyngrove Vineyards are the classic example of quality grapes resulting in quality wines. Our 80 ha vineyards have nature’s advantage of superior soils, gentle slopes and the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean – perfect conditions for slowly ripening grapes with concentrated flavours. Each of our wines embodies the rich complexity of the soils of this unique Cape winemaking region and reflects the renewed South African dedication to maintaining exceptional winemaking standards. No wonder then that Lyngrove wines are enjoyed in countries right around the world.”

Cape Atlantic

Cape Atlantic

About the Winery

Cape Atlantic Mixed Case of 6 wines

From world renowned winemaker David Nieuwoudt from Cederberg Vineyards comes this lifestyle range, Cape Atlantic, created from grapes that grow on the vast Cederberg ward.

The range includes a delightful cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc that pairs nicely with fruit and white-meat dishes (this layered white wine will wow your palate!) along with a medium-bodied Merlot filled with red fruit of plums and mulberries that linger on the palate.

These are wines suited for any occasion and can be enjoyed now or up to 4 years.

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Indaba Wines

About the Winery

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Drawn from the world’s oldest soils, Indaba wines are crafted by family farmers who have perfected their art over generations. We work closely with these conscientious farmers who are based in prime appellations and strive to continuously improve critical conservation practices. These are real wines, made by real people. Quality and value drive the Indaba brand.

Bruwer Raats, winemaker and proprietor of Raats Family Wines, initially joined Indaba as a production consultant in 2008. He was named full-time winemaker in 2010. Bruwer’s responsibilities go beyond simply crafting the Indaba wines. He works alongside winemaker Clayton Christians to oversee the sourcing of varietal components and collaborates with the farmers (most of them under long-term contract with Indaba) to impact viticulture decisions and drive the ultimate style of the wines.

The Indaba range is composed of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Mosaic (a red blend representative of the best grapes coming together), all of which are crafted in a fresh, juicy and approachable style. Sourced from regions including Stellenbosch, Paarl, Durbanville and Robertson, the wines consistently garner “Best Buy” accolades from Wine Enthusiast and have been called “Contenders for Wine of the Year…” by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Leading the world in sustainability, South Africa is largely considered to be the greenest wine region on earth. Indaba wines are crafted in the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest, yet most diverse of the six plant kingdoms. Several organizations work with the South African wine industry to ensure conservation and sustainability remain a top priority among wine producers. The look and spirit of Indaba reflects both South Africa’s position as a leader in sustainable production and the influence of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

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Thelema Mountain Vineyards

About the Estates

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Thelema

Situated on the South Easterly side of the Simonsberg Mountain with elevations 530m above sea level with mainly south-facing slopes, possessing some of the highest elevations in Stellenbosch. The high altitude and the rich red soils are ideal for premium quality wine grape production.

Through the understanding of our optimal climate and soil type, we have firmly entrenched ourselves as one of the leaders in Cabernet Sauvignon, placing Stellenbosch Cabernets firmly on the global wine map.

“As we believe grape quality is the single most important factor in serious winemaking, our policy in one of minimum interference, allowing the wines to be a true expression of each vineyard.”

Sutherland

The Elgin Valley is located 70k m southeast of Cape Town in the Overberg region. It is uniquely set on a high plateau surrounded by four mountain ranges. Sutherland Vineyards are situated just 9km off the Atlantic Ocean with altitudes of 140 to 250m above sea level, due to this proximity, ideal cool climate conditions are created. One can expect wines of linearity, accessibility and modernity.

Our winemakers emulate the same ethos when making Thelema as is used with Sutherland. The home of these wines can be found at Thelema Mountain Vineyards in Stellenbosch as this is where they are produced and bottled.

Back story of Thelema and Sutherland

Gyles Webb abandoned his accounting career in Durban to become a winemaker. In 1983, with the help of his wife’s family, the McLean’s, Gyles Webb bought Thelema.

The beginning of a family legacy.

The manor house was restored and the first wines under the Thelema label were released in 1988. By the mid 90’s Thelema’s wines sold out within a month after release, making it one of the most sought-after wine estates in South Africa. The Webb family describe Thelema as “one of the most beautiful places on earth”.

As Thelema in Stellenbosch continued to flourish, Gyles embarked on a search for an additional property in order to establish a second vineyard. In 2002, the Webb family purchased an idyllic farm with an undulating landscape, in the cool Elgin region, creating ideal grape-growing conditions.

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    Dewaldt Heyns Family Wines

    About the Estate

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    “My father’s weathered hands testify to a lifetime of faithful toil among the vineyards of his Swartland farm.”

    Dewaldt Heyns Family Wines emerged from Dewaldt’s lifelong desire to make wines that reflect the region he has known his whole life – the Swartland. In another way, however, the story of these wines begins when Dewaldt’s grandfather, Jan Heyns, bought a small little farm in the Paardeberg, Swartland – the harsh land that requires such honesty and humility of its people. After his unexpected passing, Dewaldt’s father, Cecil Heyns – only 19 years old at the time – was suddenly responsible for running the farm. So began 52 years of farming on Uitvlug.

    Building up this modest little grape farm in the Joubertskloof over a period of five decades, experiencing all the cycles the industry went through since the early sixties well into the post-1994 era, certainly kept him busy. At the same time, Cecil and his wife Corrie were raising a family as well; no easy task with three boys and a girl. However, Dewaldt claims to be the best behaved and most handsome of the lot. Growing up, this grape farm was the centre of Dewaldt’s universe. It shaped him to love the land and ignited his eventual career as winemaker.

    The Dewaldt Heyns label started in 2006 when Dewaldt made the first Shiraz under his own name, sourced from grapes his father planted. It has been Dewaldt’s lifelong dream to make wine from the same grapes among which he played as a barefoot child. Nick van Huyssteen, owner of Saronsberg Cellar in Tulbagh, has supported Dewaldt in this venture and it is thanks to him that Dewaldt is able to pay tribute to his roots. Making wine under his own name gives Dewaldt an opportunity to express his own interpretation of the Swartland and its unique terroir.

    “Vineyards and wine have a soul that is palpable. Should you listen carefully, you might hear them speak.” – Dewaldt Heyns

    Shiraz was the obvious choice as he has always felt an affinity for the cultivar. The wine, blended with a small portion of Tulbagh Viognier, was selected for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in 2008 and 2009, confirming Dewaldt’s reputation for making world-class Shiraz with uniquely South African character.

    In 2009, a Chenin Blanc made from the oldest bush vines on the farm, planted in 1972, was added to the range. Shiraz and Chenin Blanc form the cornerstone of the Swartland’s rapidly growing reputation and are the backbone of the Weathered Hands range of wines. The final wine, a Pinotage from vines planted in 1973, was released in 2014, garnering immediate local and international praise.

    After 52 years of farming, Cecil decided it was time to retire; in his own unassuming words, ‘Ek is moeg gesukkel’. The fact that Uitvlug was sold end 2014 did not diminish Dewaldt’s passion for the Swartland nor his commitment to continue with the Weathered Hands wines. ‘Although I am still sourcing grapes from the farm where I grew up, I am also excited by the possibility to source grapes from elsewhere in the Swartland, offering unique possibilities to further enhance the quality on offer.’

    The ambition behind the Weathered Hands range has nothing to do with prestige and accolades. These wines pay a simple tribute to their origins and the family history entwined therein. Like their father and his forefathers, Dewaldt’s children Sebastian and Nina are growing up in and amongst the vineyards.

    The Dewaldt Heyns Weathered Hands range of wines is inspired by the land Dewaldt grew up on and is dedicated to the man whose love for the vine was the start of his own.

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      The Berrio

      About the Estate

      The Berrio winery logo Praise the Wind

      There is a strong tradition in The Berrio vineyards near the southernmost tip of Africa. Each day we thank God for the wind.

      The cooling effects of the winds that blow on the three sides allow the grapes to spend more time on the vine. And more time on the vine – plus creative nurturing in the cellar – means a wine of greater intensity and layered complexity in the glass.

      It was the blessing of these same winds which propelled The Berrio, a plucky caravel in Vasco da Gama’s expeditionary, to lead the way around Cape Agulhas early in 1497 on one of the most challenging sea crossings of the time.

      It is these cool maritime winds that are giving this very special corner of the world the reputation of producing captivating wines that become fuller, more rounded and complex with each vintage.

      WINEMAKER

      Renowned winemaker David Nieuwoudt of Cederberg Private Cellars has taken up the helm to grow and make wines at The Berrio.

      OUR MISSION

      The Pratt family will share the taste, spirit, adventure, wonder and majesty of this intriguing corner of the Universe. Wine lovers all over the world can join this quest, drink in the wonder of it and share the majesty in praising the wind.

      THE PRATT FAMILY

      The opportunity for Francis Pratt to become one of the winemaking pioneers of the Elim Wine Ward may have much to do with the rather interesting genealogy of the Pratt family. The mix of blood lines and skill sets sounds like a perfect recipe for producing the ideal wine farmer:
      A portion of English diplomacy and beauty; a healthy sprinkling of astute entrepreneurship; lots of solid Afrikaans farmer’s daughters with excellent dowry’s; an accomplished pianist with a love of music; a strong strain of French blood that adds a lively, lighthearted, life-loving strain into the mix and a couple generations of dedicated, tenacious farmers.

      Add to this Francis’ personal devotion to the land and his passion for capturing the magnificence of this special place in a bottle of wine and you will not be surprised to hear people say things like: ” … it was hard not to just gulp the glass and look for more!” Francis’ ancestors have not only provided a sound heritage to their family, they have also provided the region on the southernmost tip of Africa with the opportunity to be the Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world. The Pratt’s are in fact one of the few original families still cultivating the land on the Agulhas Plain.

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        Silverthorn Wines

        About the Winery

        SILVERTHORN WINES logoSilverthorn Wines produces an exciting range of top-end Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) wines, which have undergone a natural, secondary fermentation in the bottle.

        Silverthorn Wines is among only a handful of producers who have dedicated their expertise solely to the production of this elegant style of wine. Silverthorn is a proud member of the Cap Classique Association, an independent organisation that collectively supports and markets Cap Classique wines, and a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild. Silverthorn’s terroir, with its rocky, lime-rich, shale soils – similar to the famous Champagne soils in France – coupled with mature Chardonnay vineyards, ensures that the time is ripe for Silverthorn’s grand entry into the world of sparkling wine.

        Currently Silverthorn’s production stands at a total of 44 000 bottles, with steady, consistent growth on the horizon.

        “Our primary aim is to continue to produce some of the finest South African sparkling wines, to build on our Platter 5*, Six Nations Wine Challenge – Wine Of The Show and Tim Atkin – Overall Sparkling Wine Of The Year.”

          Ataraxia

          About the Winery

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          Ataraxia… more than just a state of mind!

          “It has being a long time coming and if fear were the basis on which decisions were made, then Ataraxia would never have been born”.  Kevin Grant.

          After successive vintages where Kevin worked tirelessly to help establish the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley at the forefront of quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production in South Africa, “going it alone” became the obvious natural progression for this studious, passionate winemaking perfectionist. “For anybody mildly ambitious, being a good jockey on someone else’s horse is okay, but it’s not the ultimate. Jockeying your own thoroughbred successfully is the prize.”

          “The immediate and crucial goal was to source grapes for Ataraxia’s maiden 2005 harvest. The emphasis was to ferret out vineyards that were individual and unique, either because of location, age or viticulture practice, and consequently were able to express in the wines I want to make, a very real sense of place. I was tremendously excited about the grapes for 2005. They fulfilled the set criteria in all ways and more! There was an aura in each of these vineyards and the resultant wines have vindicated their selection in the best way imaginable.  It was a fantastic way to launch the Ataraxia brand!”

          In the meantime, always intending to remain based in the Walker Bay, Kevin set about scouring the region in search of that special piece of land that would become the home to the ultimate South African vin de terroir.  For this self-confessed terroiriste, this land acquisition has been a most important goal. “One cannot enter the Kentucky Derby on a donkey and expect to take home the prize money, even if you have the best jockey in the world on board. Unless, of course, you pump that donkey full of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs!”  After months of searching, soil testing and detailed analysis of potential sites, Kevin found and was able to purchase a 47 hectare “thoroughbred” piece of land in the convoluted foothills that flank the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley behind the coastal village of Hermanus.

          Here Kevin pours his energy into expressing this newly acquired site’s sense of place through four handcrafted wines under his new label, “Ataraxia” – Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot noir and a red blend (Serenity).

          “Sauvignon blanc has shown itself to be an enduringly popular and interesting variety in South Africa and has the ability, when planted in judiciously selected sites, to produce wines of class and finesse. What is so intriguing about this variety is that it is also very much a viticulturist’s grape, where attention to detail in the vineyard is an absolute prerequisite and cornerstone to the production of quality wines. I believe cool climate, alchemy-free Sauvignon blanc has an exciting future on the South African wine scene and I very much want to be part of that.”

          “Chardonnay is a grape variety that I have been romanced by for more than 14 years, and the love affair deepens with each passing vintage! To my mind Chardonnay is the complete white grape variety. Although it demands respect, attention to detail, a comprehensive understanding of the terroir where the grapes grow and an intuitive flair, the wine gives of itself so completely when you get everything right that it’s hard not to become totally awed by it. It makes the consummate white wine. Life without Chardonnay is like not being able to breathe! The style Ataraxia pursues has as its foundation the expression of place in a wine of profound balance, elegance, finesse and texture – all of which are hallmarks of the great and classic wines of the World.”

          On Pinot noir Grant continues: “It remains one of those elusive grape varieties that, once it has cast its spell on you, becomes and remains a life-long obsession and passion. It is a grape that I have developed a real feeling for and within the context of the challenges it poses to a winemaker I think I understand what is required to make great Pinot noir. In South Africa, experience and research has shown the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley to be unequivocally the most exciting and promising area for quality Pinot noir production, easily on a par with and often exceeding the quality attained in other New World Pinot noir producing regions. I believe I can take Pinot noir to heights not yet seen in this country.”

          Ataraxia’s red blend has as its primary goal the ultimate expression of a red blend from South Africa. At present Kevin does not concentrate on the cultivars that make up this blend, or indeed what, if any, cultivar forms the backbone of the blend. The quest is to show that “where from” is far more decisive than “what from” and is the truest expression of a wine’s personality. Kevin has, however, always been excited at the notion of a seven, twelve, even fifteen variety blend, where the true art of blending is taken to its logical and comprehensive conclusion.

          “I love the idea of being able to know instinctively that small percentages of certain varieties can impact the resultant blend in ways that are extremely subtle and almost indiscernible, yet without which the blend just comes up short of its real and true potential. It is not alchemy and it is certainly not just throwing a mixture together in a random, haphazard way. Rather it is a cerebral yet instinctive construction of a wine that transcends, sometimes in the most ethereal of ways, the potentially restrictive parameters of a single variety wine. Ataraxia may never embrace that large a number of varieties, but one thing is certain, it will always defer to the site from which the grapes originate, no matter how many varieties are used to make the wine.”

          Until a cellar is built, Kevin is renting unutilised space in friends’ cellars, from which the Ataraxia range of wines is hand-crafted and nurtured.

          And the name ATARAXIA? “It’s a term used to describe emotional tranquillity,” explains Kevin, “or in more expanded terms, the freedom from disturbance that characterises a balanced mind and constitutes its first step towards the achievement of pleasure. It’s really about conveying the very essence of what drinking good wine does for us and not to us as human beings.”

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            Bruce Jack

            About the Winery

            Bruce Jack logo“The Bruce Jack wines reflect the culmination of the lessons I am still learning over a 25-year adventure in the wine industry,” says winemaker Bruce Jack. “Along the way, I discovered that ultimately, when all is said and done, a consumer’s satisfaction with a wine is governed by a single thing: value. It doesn’t matter if you are tasting a famed, last-bottle vintage of some famous Burgundian vineyard or searching out an everyday tipple on the supermarket shelves – your appreciation of the drinking experience is either thrilling or disappointing, and that is determined by your perception of that wine’s value.

            The Bruce Jack brand believe that value is the master of all wine experiences. And it is our obsessive mission to build a global brand around giving consumers just that – a thrilling experience, time and time again.

            We do this firstly by learning from those who have gone before. There are a few large-volume wine brands that consistently get this right. They do things differently and we salute them.

            Common to all of them is that, while some are corporate, they don’t act like corporates. You can feel the soul in the wine as a result. They have characters leading them. They take risks, they make mistakes, they are nimble, they strive for integrity and when it counts they shoot the lights out.

            Values like honesty, fairness, care for team-mates and society, humbleness, humour and creativity shine bright in these brands. They are obvious to consumers – above the noise of marketing and social media.

            The best brands value the land, they value their vineyards and those they buy grapes from, which means they value the people who work the land and care for the vineyards. And this is where value starts for us as well.”

            The Philosophy

            The Bruce Jack brand reflects a special moment in time where experience intersects with ambition. When you are young, ambition fires you along like a rocket. Boundless energy and naivety seem sufficient to blast you through any obstacle…

            Then you have a few crashes – such is life. But all the lessons learnt along this journey equip you. At some stage you are meant to run out of energy – that’s how the body and mind work. With some luck and to compensate for failing eyesight and dulled synapses, we are handed the gift of wisdom.

            Observe those who’ve been through the mill of life and still come out smiling, still engaged with life in a positive way, no matter what life has thrown at them… They haven’t let youthful ambition turn to a swamp of bitter fatigue. There are extraordinary examples through history – Nelson Mandela in South Africa was probably one of the more famous. Another South African, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, epitomises this inspirational state of being.

            And somewhere between careering early careers and the calmness of wisdom, there’s a magic moment when ambition and experience intersect – that’s the place where the Bruce Jack brand comes from.

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              Waterford

              About the Estate

              Waterford Estate logoWaterford Estate is situated in one of the world’s most visually arresting pockets of paradise. Nestled in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley, in the world-renowned Stellenbosch region, this 120-hectare property is owned by Jeremy and Leigh Ord and managed by partner and Cellar master Kevin Arnold. The Estate boasts old citrus groves, rolling lawns, water features and fragrant lavender and rosemary beds. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of Provence or the Spanish countryside, with your first glimpse of this enchanting realm. However, we are immensely proud of our uniquely South African location and the rich diversity of our indigenous flora and fauna.

              The winery was styled along the engaging terracotta design and was the result of winemaker Kevin Arnold and architect Alex Walker teaming up to create the home of Waterford Estate wines. The centrepiece of the magnificent courtyard is the Waterford Estate fountain. This feature has been immortalized in the Waterford Estate label and represents a fundamental component of our philosophy.

              Waterford believes in the old adage of ‘less is more’. There is nothing pretentious or ostentatious about the estate, rather the visual impact is one of a seamless whole, which complements rather than detracts from the surrounding natural beauty.

              “Welcome to our world, a world where the passing of time and the change in seasons only add rich layers of character and charm to the scene.”

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                Painted Wolf Wines

                About the Winery

                Painted Wolf WinesCombining their passions for wine and conservation, Jeremy and Emma Borg created Painted Wolf Wines in 2007. Inspired by the successful social dynamics of an African Wild dog pack, they brought together a pack of grape growers, artists, conservationists and marketing experts.
                Their distinct and unique offering is to produce carefully handcrafted, distinctive wines from organic and minimum farmed grapes, whilst actively supporting the conservation of the highly endangered African wild dog or ‘Painted Wolf’.

                Painted Wolf Wines is privileged to be associated with some of the most respected conservation organisations operating in Southern Africa including UK-based Tusk Trust, Children in the Wilderness and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in South Africa. Since 2007 Painted Wolf Wines has donated over R2.5-million towards conservation projects.

                Their award-winning range of eclectic and harmonious wines can be tasted at their tasting room in a historic house on Paarl’s ‘golden mile’ – 125 Main Road.

                WINES

                “Our aim is to create expressive, bold, fruit-driven wines that reflect the rich terroirs of South Africa. We are avid fans of the proudly South African grape varietals Pinotage and Chenin Blanc, which are at the heart of our range of wines. This has resulted in a collection of wines as diverse and interesting as the African wild dogs we support.”

                REMARKABLY PERSISTENT, PERSISTENTLY REMARKABLE

                We are dedicated to the production of authentic, distinct and delicious wines, and to the conservation of African Wild Dogs and their natural habitat.

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