THE VINEYARDS

Guided by the hot climate and soils on the farm, Oakleaf and red Glenrosa soils on disintegrated granite, primarily Rhône varieties are planted. These are the red grapes Shiraz, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Pinotage and Tempranillo and the white grapes Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Rousanne.
 
During the summer ripening season, the vineyards receive morning sun and are cooled by breezes during the heat of the day before the sun dips behind the hill.
 
The vines receive no irrigation, relying solely on winter rains and natural moisture during the summer. No chemical fertilisers and pesticides are used. Natural indigenous growth is allowed between rows with cover crops such as faba beans, vetch and triticale added to enrich the soil with organic nitrogen. The vegetation indigenous to the area, the endangered renosterveld, is slowly proliferating on the farm’s uncultivated land.
 
Organic wine growing demands constant vigilance and its success lies with increasingly less interference. Cover crops between rows are flattened not ploughed in to minimise disturbance of the soil.
 
‘Leave the vines in peace,’ is the thinking.

 

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