Our Riebeeksrivier farm, located on Kasteelberg in the Swartland, is the brainchild of a visionary Johann Rupert and viticulturist Rosa Kruger. The project was initiated in 2007 when a “magical,” albeit slightly isolated piece of land, was discovered as part of the old vines initiative, which Rosa Kruger spearheaded.
Despite a challenging growing season characterised by high, and in some instances untimely rainfall, the 2014 vintage yielded average sized, good quality fruit.
The grapes for the 2014 Caroline is a blend of 50% Chenin Blanc, 22% Roussanne, 20%Viognier and 8% Marsanne – was harvested by hand at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar in small lug-boxes in refrigerated trucks. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and settled overnight before the juice was fermented separately in both stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels. The wine spent 7 months on the lees in French Oak (11% new) and stainless steel (25%) before being bottled in October.