Portfolio: Cederberg (South Africa)


South Africa’s most uniquely situated vineyard is located within the pristine Cederberg Wilderness Area, which lies in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Here, among spectacular rock formations and fynbos, you will find the highest altitude vineyards in the Cape. The cool climate and remote location, with its pure mountain air and water, ensures that the vines are virus free. This results in award winning wines which show an exceptional purity of fruit. __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dating back to 1893, there have been five generations of Nieuwoudts on the farm Dwarsrivier in Cederberg. Appropriately, the family name means ‘New Wood’. Far north of the softer, settled scenes of the estates closer to Cape Town, the Nieuwoudts broke ground in Cederberg, farming tobacco and fruit, before discovering that this rocky, high-altitude terrain provided the ideal terroir for wines of distinction. Today, David Nieuwoudt carries on the pioneering family tradition, innovating and growing award-winning wines. A keen ‘rocker’ or rock climber, David is not afraid to go in new directions, experimenting with new techniques and not merely resting on his own or his family’s success. His training at Elsenburg Wine Academy and passionate love of wine has resulted in a wide repertoire of wines, each with special character and appeal.

The farm Dwarsrivier, where the grapes for Cederberg Wines are cultivated, is situated at the foot of Sneeuberg Mountain. The natural vegetation and mountainous terrain provides many different slopes with a variety of soil types that are well-drained on the weathered shale/slate of the hillsides and high mountain slopes. There is higher clay content soil which is well suited to red varieties as well as lightly structured soil with sandstone that is is well suited to white varieties. At more than 3,200 feet above sea level, the high elevation provides more rainfall than all of the Western Cape and the climatic zone can be described as a cool Mediterranean climate, rather than a maritime or coastal climate. Average temperatures during the day vary between 55 and 65°F in winter months, rising to 85°F in January and 102°F in February. During harvest time only small amounts of grapes are harvested every day, never more than five tons at a time. In the morning harvesting starts at 05:30 while it is still cool, and continues until 09:00, before the heat of the day sets in. During the last 15 years the harvest has shifted from mid-February to the last days of January. Harvest time nowadays lasts until 20 April.

At Cederberg Private Cellar, red wine production constitutes 60% of overall production, and white wine 40%. For white vine varieties the focus is on Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Bukettraube, for red wine varieties, on Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

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