Home of the Stars

Our inspiration came from “Sassicaia”, a wine estate on the Tuscany coast that set out in the 1960’s to turn winemaking traditions in Italy on their head. Today wines like Sassicaia and Ornelaia are legends.

Ntsiki, who has been with the cellar for 10 years, shares this passion with Dave & Jane Lello, the owners and together they have been slowly building a reputation for producing limited quantities of premium red wines from grapes sourced in the region. Ntsiki is one of the very few black winemakers in the country. She has travelled overseas extensively and done harvest seasons in Bordeaux and Tuscany.

"Our goal is to be a sought after “New World” wine label, producing exciting red varietals and blends, using traditional techniques. We believe that the “terroir” of Stellenbosch is special and unique, and that our wines will stand out because of this".

"Our philosophy is that our wines are “made” in the vineyard and the cellar processes are designed to extract only exactly what “nature put in”. The goodness in the red grape skins has to be carefully infused into the juicy centres and then left to blend and slowly mature in the barrels. It is this care and focus that will ultimately create the character and uniqueness that will set our wines apart from the rest of the market".

THE STAR CONSTELLATIONS REPRESENTED BY OUR WINES

PINOTAGE: GEMINI
Inspired by the brightest stars in the constellation - the twin stars called Castor and Pollux, the latter being the Red Giant Star.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON: SCORPIO
Inspired by the brightest star in Scorpius, Antares, a “giant red” which forms the heart of the scorpion.

MERLOT: TAURUS
Inspired by the brightest star in Taurus, the “giant red, Aldebaran, known as the “eye of the bull”.

SHIRAZ: CAPRICORN
Inspired by the ancient Persian constellation, Capricorn. Deneb Algedi is the brightest star, “the tail of the scorpion”.

CAPE CROSS: CRUX
Inspired by the brightest star in the constellation Crux. A “giant red” called Gamma Crucis, which has guided many an explorer around the Cape of Storms.

HERCULES: HERCULES
Inspired by the constellation Hercules, the giant red is Rasalgethi. Hercules became known as The Hero after completing the twelve labours.

ORION: ORION
Inspired by the constellation Orion whose brightest star is the red giant called Betelgeuse, one thousand times larger than our sun.

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