In the Vineyard
These soils are not suitable for wine grape production, due to growth being too vigorous, coupled with a high risk of rot. The Pinot noir vineyards trellising system is unique. These are the only high altitude Pinot noir vineyards in South Africa planted using the posted vine method ("stok by paaltjie"). The Chardonnay vineyards trellising system is vertical shoot positioning.
Produced in the Anthonij Rupert Méthode Cap Classique Cellar, La Garonne, Franschhoek.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were picked at ±19°Balling and were whole-bunch pressed together. Just two cellars in the world follow this method. Only the highest quality juice (tête de cuvee) was settled overnight for fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 14-16°C. The fermented portions were selected for finesse and elegance. Secondary bottle fermentation followed and the wine remained on the lees for 24 months before disgorgement. After disgorgement, the wine was left for 5 months under cork before shipment. The world class Anthonij Rupert Méthode Cap Classique Cellar is especially unique, as it has all the riddling, disgorging, bottling and labelling facilities housed in the same building.
Variety: 85% Pinot noir / 15% Chardonnay
Cellar: Produced in the Terra del Capo Cellar, L'Ormarins, Franschhoek.
Area of Origin: The Chardonnay & Pinot noir grapes were sourced from our Altima farm in Elandskloof.