The Paardeberg should need little introduction. It is still the epicenter of a quality revolution that has been sweeping the Swartland for the past 15 or so years. Driven by an abundance of old, unirrigated bushvines planted on its pure decomposed granite soils, the Paardeberg has been like a magnet for ambitious young producers. Some of the Cape’s current and future
stars call it home.
The mountain itself is quite a sight. Tall granite domes tower over ridges and slopes of all aspects and elevations. There are deep kloofies and wild places high up where nobody goes. Small farmhouses and cottages dot the landscape below. Mysterious patchwork plots of agriculture are visible on distant ridges. The place has a distinctly three-dimensional feeling.
We are very fortunate to be able to buy parcels of grapes from Nuwedam farm and De Hoop farm, both on the Joubertskloof side of the mountain, and also from Langkloof farm in Aprilskloof. Five plots in total: one youngster planted in 1998, the rest planted between
1981 and 1971.
These vines are very low yielding, giving between 24 and 30 hl/ha. Their berries are tiny. The resulting wines, although quite powerful in character, have brightness and freshness about them. Often, we find flavours of limey citrus, thatch and honey on these wines. They have a very linear form on the palate, but are simultaneously deep and textured.
We make the following wines from the Paardeberg: