“This was a good vintage in the Skurfberg area. Yields we low as always, but still reasonable. Skurfberg remains mysterious – why are the wines so striking? Deep red soils? Cold nights? Old vines? Planting material? Whatever the reasons, these wines are unique and lovely. They certainly justify the distance. Huilkrans 2019 has an open nose of orange skin and custard apple, soft spice and rooibos. The palate is already showing some of its potential, beautiful and full, hemmed in by earthy/rusty minerality plus acid that kicks like a giraffe who touched the electric fence.”
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2017 is the first vintage that we’ve bottled something from Oudam farm as a stand-alone wine. We’ve been working with the Visser family since 2011 and have been planning this
wine since 2015.
They chose the name Huilkrans, the name of a cliff on the farm that weeps when it rains. Since the untimely passing of their son Kallie in 2017, the name now has an unintended double meaning. Even so, they’ve elected to keep it unchanged. The label pays homage to Kallie. In fact, he was largely responsible for farming the great 2017 vintage.
There is something so very special about this place in the mountains – isolation, old vines, low rainfall, deep red sand over red clay. If Magnetic North is the tenor voice of Skurfberg, then Huilkrans must be the deeper baritone. It works on a lower, richer frequency, but still unmistakably from this great appellation.