Kaapzicht

Est. 1984

Kaapzicht’s vineyards sit on north-western slopes in Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch, overlooking Table Mountain and False Bay. With a higher elevation, older vines, proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, and a large enough crop to always select the best grapes for their wines, Kaapzicht is consistently recognized in Stellenbosch and abroad for quality. The vineyards rise 200 meters (656 feet) above sea level, resulting in a slightly lower daytime temperature and a cooling ocean breeze at night. The vineyards are completely unirrigated with vines dig deep into granite and clay soils, enabling consistent quality across vintages, even during challenging years.

On 190 ha (162 ha under vineyards) Kaapzicht grows 70% red cultivars, (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinotage, Cinsaut, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Pinot Noir) and 30% white cultivars (mainly Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, some Muscat d’Alexandrie and even less Chardonnay).

The chenin blanc and pinotage grow on bush vines which give a lower yield, thereby improving the quality and structure of the wine. Kaapzicht has some of the oldest chenin blanc vines in the country, with one block dating back to 1947. While the single bloc 1947 chenin sells out before it’s even bottled, the Steytler family includes some of these special grapes in their other chenin releases, including the unoaked Kaapzicht chenin blanc.

Since the first vintage was bottled in 1984, the members of the Steytler family has been running their 190 hectare large estate hands-on for four generations. Brothers Danie and George are winemaker and viticulturist, respectively, and their wives are in charge of marketing and finances, as well hiring out a venue and a self-catering cottage. Son, Danie Junior, assumed primary responsibilities as winemaker in 2009 as the family tradition lives on.

Kaapzicht
Chenin Blanc

Vintage

2017

Varietal

100% Chenin Blanc

Origin

Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch

Country

South Africa

Wine Making Notes

This chenin comes from old bush vines planted in weathered granite topsoil and crumbly clay sub-soil. Some of the fruit is from from a vineyard planted in 1947 (the second oldest chenin vines in the country). The wine is made reductively. Grapes were harvested during early morning hours in cool temperatures then given 8-10 hours skin contact. Wine lay on the lees for 3 months before being racked, cleaned and bottled.

Tasting Notes

Ripe quince, pineapple and stone fruit with unique savory undertones on the nose. The palate is lightly textured with a hint of sweetness and balancing crunchy acid results in a brisk finish.

Food Pairing

Roasted turkey (Thanksgiving), sweet and sour pork, smoked salmon.

Aging Recommendations

2-4 Years

Analysis

Alcohol: 13.33%
TA: 5.5g/l
RS: 1.8g/l
pH: 3.49

Kaapzicht
Kaleidoscope

Vintage

2017

Varietal

37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Pinotage, 10% Cinsault, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, 4% Shiraz

Origin

Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch

Country

South Africa

Wine Making Notes

Vines planted in Clovelly type soil. The cultivars were vinified separately and then blended together after the winemaker tastes through the tanks to find wine which is fruit driving with less intense tannins. Pumping over was done 3 times per day in red wine tanks. Some French oak staves were used in the tanks to give the wine some complexity.

Tasting Notes

Integrated flavors of black and red berries, tea leaves and spice invite a sip of this easy drinking blend; the gentle structure, with soft tannins supporting a core of sweet berry fruit, adds friendly drinkability; medium bodied with a well-rounded savoury finish.

Food Pairing

Tapas, chorizo, roasted red peppers, smoked cheeses

Aging Recommendations

2-4 Years

Analysis

Alcohol: 13.91%
TA: 5.5g/l
RS: 3.8g/l
pH: 3.55

Kaapzicht
Pinotage

Vintage

2015

Varietal

100% Pinotage

Origin

Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch

Country

South Africa

Wine Making Notes

The grapes were harvested from 19 year old bush vines planted in weathered granite soil, with a yield of 4.2 tons per hectare – all dry land, unirrigated- picked at full ripeness. Grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and pumped over 3-4 times a day. After a light pressing the Pinotage underwent malolactic fermentation before going into 30% new French oak barrels for 24 months.

Tasting Notes

Wild fruit, prune and berry with toasted cedar, vanilla and gun smoke on the nose. Palate starts out racy, with bright red fruit and firm tannins, developing further complexity of sour cherry, cola, green olives and smoke.

Food Pairing

Cured meats, game or barbeque (“braai”).

Aging Recommendations

Accessible now but will also age well for the next 5 years.

Analysis

Alcohol: 14.53%
TA: 5.9g/l
RS: 2.4g/l
pH: 3.52