Varieties: Pinotage, Syrah, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
Known for: It is the lowest vineyard in the Durbanville wine valley
About Groot Phesantekraal
Groot Phesantekraal was first granted in 1698 to Olof Bergh, a colourful character who, despite spectacular brushes with the law which resulted in him being imprisoned on Robben Island for some years, managed to regain his stature and accumulate great wealth, including numerous farms.
The farm is situated on the north-east side of Durbanville where the sea breeze from the icy Atlantic meets the dry heat of the interior. Blessed with this favourable location, good climate and fertile soil, the farm produces wines of superior quality and authentic varietal character. In 2005 the first Cabernet was bottled, followed shortly by the Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. the first Pinotage was bottled in 2016.
Groot Phesantekraal is the lowest vineyard in the Durbanville Wine Valley, the only farm to get frost in winter. This ensures our vines enter dormancy, gathering strength to produce a healthy, abundant crop each vintage.
Richard has had previous experience in larger cellars but has honed his craft at Groot Phesantekraal.
His approach is fresh and innovative, yet he has an intrinsic understanding of the terroir which keeps him centered and focused.
His wines have received some of the highest praise and he aims to carry this onto 2024.