Cellar

Area/Climate


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Lutzville has a unique location on the West Coast of South Africa.
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It's close to the Atlantic Ocean, and fresh sea breezes roll in to cool down the vineyards. 
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The hot sunny days and crisp evenings result in large temperature differences between day and night.
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Matched with our ideal soils, these micro climates happily conspire to create the best growing conditions for our grapes.
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Soil types vary from dry Karoo-type of soil to sandy and loamy soil on the slopes of the Olifants River.
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We have diverse terroir with access to over 100 different vineyards sites in the Lutzville area.
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This is the perfect foundation for creating fruit-driven, elegant wines.
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The cool climate is particularly beneficial for our Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc grapes.
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It also allows for softer tannins and riper flavours on the red wines. 
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It is a low rainfall area, which means that producers often do not have to use pesticides at all. 
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We get a plentiful water supply from the Olifants River.
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The Lutzville Valley is the most sustainable wine area in the country.
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The wine areas in the Western Cape are currently threatened by severe drought conditions - the worst in a decade.





Harvesting & Cellar


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100 vineyard sites covering 2000 hectares.
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Our viticulturists work very closely with farmers to ensure supply of quality grapes.
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All vineyard blocks have been graded and are processed separately.
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Control over the process from  the vines to the winery.
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Intake of grapes during harvest is done according to a schedule per cultivar and per grade and includes night harvesting.
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Stringent control during intake. Out of spec deliveries are degraded
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Total cellar capacity: 42 000 000 litres
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R34.5 million investment (approximately PLN 8 million) in cellar equipment since 2011. This includes: 

◦  3 x Diemme presses with first press up to 0.4 bar, second press and dry up to 4 bar.

◦  1 x STS centrifuge which prevents oxidation

◦  Flotation units

◦  Micro vinification plant
 
◦  2 X PH machines

◦  Leese filtration unit

◦  Additional stainless steel tanks