These wines are from their Projects range and so don’t be surprised that they are somewhat quirky. It’s good to be different! Hand picked and with grapes left to ferment for a full 10 days before pressing (this is a little bit longer than the usual ‘whole bunch’ fermentation). The result is depth and intensity on the one hand with flawless purity on the other. Fasten your seat belt for a roller coaster of a ride on the palate. Extraordinary stuff.
Producer Information: Gabrielskloof
Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who searched for several years to find the unique piece of land that, in his words, would “root him to the spot”. In 2001 he found what was then a canola farm named ‘Avontuur’ and the penny dropped. It was soon obvious that the site had the potential to make high-quality wines with a distinctive character, and so it has proved. Gabrielskloof has been owned and run by the Heyns family ever since.
Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, Bernhard’s son in law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. Now Cellar Master and overseeing general management of the property, the young and no less talented Nina Muller was promoted to winemaker. The farm has 178 hectares, with 68 hectares planted with vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the support of fulltime vineyard consultant Rosa Kruger. Their aim is to move to organic farming in the future.