Our Wines

Dating back to 1682, Canettevallei Wine and Lavender Farm, is an old family-run farm, rich in heritage, tucked away in the quiet valley of Stellenboschkloof on the "Ou Kaapse Hardepad". Surrounded by natural beauty, this is where Daniel De Waal and his team find their inspiration and live out their passion to the full.

Dating back to 1682, Canettevallei Wine and Lavender Farm, is an old family-run farm, rich in heritage, tucked away in the quiet valley of Stellenboschkloof on the "Ou Kaapse Hardepad". Surrounded by natural beauty, this is where Daniel De Waal and his team find their inspiration and live out their passion to the full.

Super Single Vineyards focus on the production of handcrafted premium wines from specially chosen single vineyards throughout the Western Cape. They also produce wines from the first vineyards planted in the newly allocated Arid Sutherland-Karoo Region.

Pella, meaning "place of gathering", refers to the union of hand chosen terroirs and old vines used to create the Pella range of wines originating from the Coastal region of Stellenbosch and other unique areas in the Western Cape. 

The Mount Sutherland range of wines is produced from the first vines planted in the coldest wine-growing region in South Africa. These vines are also incidentally recorded as the highest vineyards in South Africa, situated 1500m above sea level - resulting in South Africa's first truly continental climate wines!

Traditional wine-making methods are followed, partnered with a minimalistic approach, to ensure that all wines are crafted to the highest level of quality, resulting in some of the best terroir-driven premium wines available.

The story of Pella

The name Pella means "place of gathering" which refers to the union of terroir and vines.

When I started my search for exceptional single vineyards in and around Stellenbosch many years ago there were several factors I had to keep in mind, e.g. the right variety for the right slope, bush vines versus trellised, depth of the soil, clay content, microclimate, age of the vines and equilibrium of the vineyard. All of these are factors that are crucial to the quality of the wine in the end.

My search for coastal vineyards was all about perfect equilibrium. I looked for older vines with minimum vegetative growth, therefore a good balance. "The age of a vine in itself does not guarantee quality wine; it must still be planted in the right soil. The soil is crucial. It must be well drained with a high clay content to ensure a steady, but moderate water supply during the hot summer months of the Cape."

Where old vines give more body and complexity, younger vines can also provide a wine with attractive characteristics such as freshness and purity of fruit.

Vines can tolerate mild water stress without a negative effect on wine quality, it can even enhance quality, but too big a canopy of leaves can be fatal for younger vines' wine quality. Therefore it is very important that younger vines are planted on poor soils with a poor pot clay base. This type of soil will ensure a well balanced vineyard with minimum vegetative growth (excessive growth is a big problem with younger vineyards) and a good resistance during dry, hot months.

For Daniel and Kyle Zulch, assistant winemaker, winemaking is primarily about selection of the best fruit.

The story of Mount Sutherland

Knowing that all premium vineyards in South Africa are influenced by the ocean, Daniël realized during travels to Europe that South Africa does not have one cool continental vineyard like the famous continental vineyards of Europe. He started to search for this cool continental terroir locally. His quest took him to Sutherland in the arid Karoo. As a result, the first vines were then planted in 2005 on the sheep farm Kanolfontein, which then officially became the new Sutherland-Karoo wine growing region.

The farm Kanolfontein nestles at the foot of Sneeuberg at an altitude of approximately 1500 metres above sea level and 350kms inland from the Indian Ocean, which makes it the highest and coldest wine growing region in Africa. It is blessed with deep scali and clay soils, a result of ancient layers of soil deposited here over time. During initial soil probes, Daniel was pleasantly surprised to see the homogeneity of the soil with no or few restrictions. When Johannes eventually disappeared in the hole he was digging, they remained startled by the incredible depth of the soil - unseen in the Western Cape area. "This is what I have dreamt of!" Daniel exclaimed, as he believes that everything starts with the soil. "If this does not meet certain requirements, it is useless trying to make a great wine. As a rule, poor soil such as this, with its complex structure and good aeration, will be ideal for a fine wine with many nuances in its bouquet and taste. The incredible depth will give very deep root penetration and help the vines to still flourish during the extreme conditions of the dry summer season. Furthermore, the scali soils would also impart a mineral character to the wine as the vines mature."

The microclimate of this terroir is characterized by its low humidity with dry winds, clear skies with high light intensity. "I believe the famous continental varieties of Europe will thrive here and make even better wines here than when they are planted at the coast." So small plantings of pinot noir, tempranillo, nebbiolo and riesling followed the initial plantings of shiraz.

Kanolfontein has good water, supplied by the melting snow from Sneeuberg Mountain, snowcapped in winter. The high altitude ensures cool temperatures in summer, normally not exceeding 32°C during day time and as low as 5°C during the night. These low average temperatures have a major beneficial impact on the flavours.

To this day not a drop of insecticide or pesticide has been sprayed on this piece of land because there are no diseases. This is due to the remoteness of the vineyard but also to the cold winter temperatures. Although the cold might be a blessing for healthy grapes, it comes with its own challenges. The area gets black frost in spring when the young shoots are at their most vulnerable. This we experienced first hand when we lost our first harvest due to frost.

Furthermore this tiny parcel of greenery seems like paradise to all the birds and baboons of the Karoo as they feast blissfully on the ripening grapes!

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