Top of the Hill Pinotage

The Top of the Hill block was planted by Danie de Waal and his brother, Koffie (Coffee) de Waal, in 1950 - sixty seven years ago! Although this wasn't the first Pinotage vineyard to be planted, it is the oldest in existence.

The Top of the Hill block was planted by Danie de Waal and his brother, Koffie (Coffee) de Waal, in 1950 - sixty seven years ago! Although this wasn't the first Pinotage vineyard to be planted, it is the oldest in existence.

At the time when the two De Waal brothers planted the Top of the Hill vineyard, Pinotage was still a brand new variety. CT de Waal, their cousin, made the first Pinotage wine only 9 years earlier. Being such a new variety then, the two De Waal brothers were hesitant to replace their prized Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vines with Pinotage. They decided to plant it on an open piece of land, on top of a small hill next to a wild fig tree. The fig tree was planted by Danie de Waal as protection for workers against rain. What they didn't know, was that their choice of location was exactly what Pinotage needs to make great wines: medium to poor soil, quite sandy and fairly deep with a clay layer at the bottom.

This old Top of the Hill vineyard is producing less and less grapes as it becomes older. Fortunately, the wine made from these grapes are more complex and of higher quality than from younger vineyards. This vineyard has produced some fantastic wines - Top of the Hill Pinotage has been a Top 10 Pinotage Award winner 6 times!

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