Grapes are sourced from the southernmost tip of the African continent where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet; this area is known as the Agulhas Wine Triangle. Ancient soils of sandstone, quartz and broken shale lead to a unique terroir while the cool maritime climate with strong winds temper the vineyards to restrict skyward growth and allow for gradual ripening of the grapes. Wines have distinctive varietal characteristics with low yields delivering concentrated and complex flavours, elegance, structure and depth; reflecting the uniqueness of the region.
Our Winemaker’s Notes
Grapes are harvested early morning at 23° Balling. Layered in dry ice to reduce contact with oxygen, it is then transported in cold trucks to Du Toitskloof Wines for vinification. After crushing and destemming the juice is kept on the skins for 6 hours. Free-run juice is then settled and racked. After fermentation, the wine spends 4 months on the fine lees followed by fining, stabilization and bottling.
Dune herbs, salted and crisp. At first linear with an undercurrent of seashell flintiness, then evolving to notes of the tropics, fresh pineapple, mango; a radiant intensity of fruit. On the palate the light of white pear and the green tones of kiwi fruit swirl across a juicy core of tropical sunshine, all this concentration balanced by an energising freshness, whipping right through, so characteristic of windswept Elim. Sea-salt on the dry finish, an echo of green herbs.