Walker Bay, walker bay South Africa

Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. After planting, his first vintage was in 2009. We felt compelled to add Gabriëlskloof to our list because the talented Peter-Allan Finlayson, Bernhard’s son in law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. The farm has 300 hectares, with 68 hectares planted with vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The estate vineyards are planted with 70% red (Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) and 30% white varieties (Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Viognier). The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future.

The fruit for the Sauvignon Blanc comes from seven different low-yielding (5.5 tonnes per hectare) vineyards planted on tough rocky sandstone and shale soils. The grapes are fermented and aged in stainless steel to retain primary fruit aromas. It is elegant in style with fresh acidity and aromas ranging from pear to lemongrass. ‘Magdalena’, a barrel-fermented Semillon, is made with minimal intervention and aged in 400 and 500 litre old French barrels. The nose is intense, boasting aromas of lime flower and almonds. A small proportion of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend lends a juicy and sour zestiness on the palate. Made from old vine Chenin Blanc, the ‘Elodie’ Chenin Blanc is fermented in old French oak barrels, which adds complexity to the wine. The nose offers subtle peach and apricot aromas, coupled with layers of almond and white flowers. The palate is opulent with great natural acidity and freshness, typical of old vine Chenin. ‘Rosebud’, as the name suggests, is like an unopened rose: pale pink, elegant and floral. It is dry in style with crisp acidity and a round finish.

Superb value for money, ‘The Blend’ is made up of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 16% Malbec and 14% Petit Verdot and offers juicy black fruit, bright acidity and soft, ripe tannins. The fruit for the Cabernet Franc comes from a 15-year-old single vineyard. It is 90% destemmed and 10% whole cluster, fermented in 500 litre barrels and aged for 18 months, using 30% new French oak. On the nose, it offers notes of tobacco leaf, bell pepper and dark plums. The palate is refined with a beautiful concentration of fruit and a lifted finish. Vines for the ‘Syrah on Sandstone’ are planted on a mountainous site made up of broken sandstone rock. This tough environment leads to low vigour and very small yields. The wine is savoury, with black olive, white pepper, violets and an effortless cool-climate elegance.


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