In August 2009 we began planting our first vineyards. Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvingon and Merlot. In 2010 we finished our planting with more Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot along with Cabernet Franc. We selected a small block that is our coolest site for some Pinot Noir. 2015 we harvested roughly 30 tons in total of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot!
Protea Heights Farm is located in Devon Valley just 10 minutes from the center of Stellenbosch. We have a total of 21.6 hectares with 10 hectares of flowers and 5 hectares of vineyards. Back in the late 1940s, it was the first farm in South Africa to cultivate protea flowers and I believe was the first to export flowers in the late 1960s.Our flowers bloom throughout the year, with Europe as our main export market. Four of the varieties that we grow were hybridized by our former farm manager and are unique to our farm. We have two graduate students from Stellenbosch University involved with research projects to help growers with improving the quality of the flowers.
Tasting notes to follow...
This brilliant, 5,000-bottle release now comes from two sources on Citrusdal Mountain (one picked early, the other late) and is consistently one of the best of the top Cape Chenins.
Layers of dark berries and rasberry fruit on the pallet with a hint of the forest on the nose. This wine has a good acidity, showing a floral lift on the finish.