Cape Point Vineyards
‘Situated on the Cape peninsula jutting out into the South Atlantic ocean, the vineyards of Cape Point are buffeted by and (mostly) benefit from these cooling winds. Their focus is on white wines and, a decade on, winemaker and surfer Duncan Savage is now able to start selecting components for his acclaimed sauvignons and blends in the vineyards rather than the cellar. He was one of the first South African winemakers to start experimenting with fermentation in clay amphoras, now fine-tuned to retain the wine’s freshness.’ – Platters Wine Guide 2012
About the Vineyards
As the only wine estate to be positioned on the narrow Cape Peninsula, the confluence of sea breezes from the cold Atlantic Ocean (a mere 1.2 km from our south facing vines) and southeasterly breezes from False Bay create ideal conditions for the slow ripening of grapes required for the creation of premium wines.
“By keeping the vineyards cool, the winds promote a long, slow ripening period so that grapes can be picked at optimal ripeness. They also help to keep diseases at bay and when they’re strong, they control vigour and do a second suckering for us,” explains our winemaker Duncan Savage. The Cape Point vineyards are planted on two estates in Noordhoek and Scarborough, comprising a humble 20 hectares of vines. With not much room to expand, this relatively small space has allowed our winemaker Duncan Savage to focus on a few select cultivars, which he aims at mastering. “We are in a unique position to be able to concentrate on a small variety base which is well suited to our terroir; such as we have seen with Sauvignon and Semillon. The potential is mind blowing,” says Savage.