This wine is made from grapes coming from different areas of the Cape winelands – Franschhoek (40%), Darling (25%), Walker Bay (15%), Olifants River (10%) and Stellenbosch (10%).
The build-up to the 2008 vintage was almost perfect for wine making purposes, with a cold winter, a cool spring, welcome rains in early summer and a dry January.
There were few problems with foliage management and other necessary practices. Only towards the end of January there was a long period of very hot weather. This robbed early varietals like Sauvignon Blanc of valuable ripening time and necessitated early harvesting. In spite of this, flavours and analyses were good, with high acid and higher sugars. The grapes were also exceptionally healthy.
Each vineyard has its own particular micro-climate - chosen because it best suits the different clones. All the vineyards are trellised and carefully managed to ensure that there is a perfect balance between foliage growth and yield. The different terroirs ensure that unique grapes come from each area - thus each area makes a unique contribution with regard to the wine's character. The grapes from Walker Bay were organically grown.