How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard.
This single vineyard was planted in 1966 on a rough, exposed granite outcrop. The 0.6ha yields around 1200L of juice. The name Klip Kop(“RockHead”) is the original name of the site and refers to the granite rocks on this hill.
The juice for this wine always takes a long time to ferment and the resulting wine has a wonderful minerality to it. On the palate it is deeply textured and rich in flavour because of the low yields and age of the vines. It has a flinty aromatic profile with white peach and some pear on the nose.
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From three generations of winemaking stock, Adi was destined to be the best. Time in the Rhône, New Zealand and as winemaker at Rustenberg polished his talent before he (along with his cousin) brought his humble vineyard in the Paardeberg complete with gnarled vines and a run-down winery.
There are few young winemakers in South Africa that haven’t benefitted from his mentorship. This furry-faced whirlwind can be such a big personality – one of those ‘force of nature’ types – that people forget just how brilliant a winemaker he actually is. Adi makes wines to drink.