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Franschhoek

L’Ormarins

In 1714, approximately 51 Ha was granted to Jean Roi in the Franschhoek Valley. He was a French Huguenot from the town Lourmarin in Provence, France. Naming the land after his hometown in France he immediately planted 4000 vines on a farm earmarked exclusively for wine and grain production. In 1799 a cellar was built on the estate and in the 19th Century acted as a communal cellar for all the families in the district, each having been allocated a large vat with their family crest carved on the front.

Slopes

A combination of low lying land and moderate to steep slopes...

A combination of low lying land and moderate to steep slopes, with an altitude of up to 580m offers a variety of microclimates within the terroirs well-suited to a number of varietals. Syrah is planted on warmer, northerly facing slopes with better drainage at different altitudes. Merlot is planted on the cooler easterly facing, higher altitude areas and is vertically trellised. Sauvignon Blanc is also planted on these slopes, but on a higher slope to ensure the vines are subjected to the cooler temperatures required for this varietal.

Climate

Situated in a high rainfall area...

Situated in a high rainfall area L’Ormarins has an annual average temperature of 28.8℃. During January and February, the temperature can easily rise above 32℃, the temperature at which vines shut down. We, therefore, employ a number of techniques to counteract the heat, such as Guyot pruning. Our Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blocks are mostly planted with the movement of the hot afternoon sun taken into consideration in an attempt to prevent exposure of bunches to direct sunlight.

Our Flagship Estate

Housing a number of concerns...

Housing a number of concerns, L’Ormarins is also home to the Franschhoek Motor Museum and Drakenstein Stud Farm. In 2011 the property which belonged to Graham Beck, situated to the East of L’Ormarins, was bought providing extension to our vineyards and becoming the new home for our two tasting rooms.

The Vineyards

Ha

8.2

Number of Blocks

4

Years Planted

1982-2002

Clones

10, 316,317

Rootstock

R99, R100, SO4

Altitude

234-299m

Trellising

VSP

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

6.5

Number of Blocks

5

Years Planted

2004-2007

Clones

-

Rootstock

SO4, USVIT 8-7

Altitude

177-191m

Trellising

VSP

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

11.09

Number of Blocks

5

Years Planted

1988-2012

Clones

40/52

Rootstock

R110, Ramsay

Altitude

208-316m

Trellising

VSP, SBP

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

4.14

Number of Blocks

2

Years Planted

2003-2007

Clones

-

Rootstock

R99, US 8-7

Altitude

178-188m

Trellising

VSP

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

3.52

Number of Blocks

2

Years Planted

2002-2017

Clones

400, 1058

Rootstock

101/14, R110

Altitude

182-293m

Trellising

VSP, SBP

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

12.08

Number of Blocks

6

Years Planted

2000-2018

Clones

184, 343, 348

Rootstock

R110, 101-14, SO4

Altitude

190-297m

Trellising

VSP, SBP

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

1.65

Number of Blocks

3

Years Planted

2002-2008

Clones

99, 21/22F, 1C/9C, 22F

Rootstock

R110, 101-14

Altitude

258-398m

Trellising

VSP, SBP

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

22.35

Number of Blocks

10

Years Planted

2002-2019

Clones

169, 1, 46, 91, 338, 412, 23

Rootstock

101-14, R110, R99

Altitude

232-273m

Trellising

VSP, SBP

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

12.91

Number of Blocks

6

Years Planted

1994-2018

Clones

623, 214, 1

Rootstock

101-14, R110, R99

Altitude

179-289m

Trellising

VSP, Guyot VSP and Echalas

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

0.9

Number of Blocks

2

Years Planted

1952 replanted 2007-2008

Clones

unknown

Rootstock

unknown

Altitude

232-251m

Trellising

Bushvine

Irrigation

Drip

The Vineyards

Ha

0.35

Number of Blocks

1

Years Planted

2017

Clones

265

Rootstock

R110

Altitude

215-223m

Trellising

VSP

Irrigation

Drip

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