This wine is something like an ode to the Paardeberg. This mountain holds a mythical place in our minds. It’s the landscape that sparked the wine revolution that’s currently sweeping the Cape. It’s home to modern heroes like Sadie Family, AA Badenhorst, and David & Nadia. Several other top producers also buy parcels from the mountain.
What’s so special about it? In a few words: pure decomposed granite soils, and an abundance of old dry farmed bushvines, much of which is Chenin - an embarrassment of riches. Typically, the wines from Paardeberg have a real sense of purity or clarity about them. At their best, they can be quite powerful without being heavy.
Fire by Night comes from the Joubertskloof side of the mountain, from three very special parcels of Chenin Blanc grown on Nuwedam farm, planted between 1974 and 1980. We’ve worked with these parcels since 2011 and feel that they exemplify the beauty of the mountain.
The nose shows classic Paardeberg notes lime juice, sweet herbs and thatch. The palate is pithy and vibrant with fine tannin. Clear bright mineral salinity, great concentration, moreish, cleansing finish. 13%alc