ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 120 cases x 12/750ml !!
Vineyard: North-western side of the Piquetberg Mountains.
Yield of 22 hl/ha
Soils: Heavily decomposed Table Mountain sandstone
Aging Potential: 5–10 years
The name means “The Footpath” in Dutch, and comes from the name of Dirk Brand’s wheat and rooibos tea farm, where the rustic block of old vines is tucked away.
This is surely the most isolated old vineyard in the country, presumably originally planted to supply the farmer and his neighbours. Its 1.4 hectares host varieties established in the Cape since the early days of European settlement, with most of the planting done between 1900 and 1928. All of the vines grow on their own roots (even the chenin, untroubled by phylloxera).
The vineyard is in a hot valley in the north of the large Swartland region, near the village of Aurora and Elands Bay on the coast, so its survival without irrigation is
extraordinary. It survives because of its precise location above an underground river flowing beneath it from the mountains. No herbicides have been used, and grass and
weeds between the vines help dry out the winter-wet soils, while also driving the vine roots deeper.
It is a special and unique place, producing wines of great character. ’T Voetpad is a field blend of all the varieties. They are picked and pressed together, and co-fermented in old wooden casks.
WINEMAKER: Eben Sadie
GRAPES: Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris, Palomino, Chenin Blanc & Muscat d’Alexandrie (Local synonyms: Groendruif, Vaalblaar, Steen & Hanepoot)
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.5 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.8 g/L