Background


Onderkloof is situated east of Stellenbosch. The Cellar lies on the slopes of Schapenberg, 6 km from the Atlantic Ocean, facing south with spectacular views of False Bay and Cape Point. The grapes are carefully selected and hand-picked from vineyards which are not irrigated.

Cellar
The old stable and shed have been converted into a Wine Cellar featuring the latest wine technology and equipment. All the grapes on the farm are vinified at the Cellar. Traditional vinification and gentle handling give expression to the concentrated and individual wines of Onderkloof. The Cellar comprises a barrel cellar which holds 150 barrels for the maturation of the red wines. A close relationship with a family owned French cooper ensures premium quality oak for our red and white wines. The wines are all bottled and labeled at the Cellar with a total production of 48 000 bottles.

Vineyards
Onderkloof vineyards have all been replanted over a period since 1989 and cover a total area of 33 ha. The white cultivars include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc and the red varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage. Shiraz and Merlot plantings started in 2000. All the grapes are selected and hand-picked for vinification. Naturally low yields and balanced vines ensure quality grapes.

Terrior
The unique terrior of the vineyards on Onderkloof is greatly influenced by the cool maritime breezes and reigning South Easter wind during the ripening period. There are five structural types of soil, which are low-vigour, stony, clay rich, well drained and deep. At the highest point the vineyards are only 250 metres above sea level and 6 kilometres from the beaches of False Bay on the cool south Atlantic Ocean. The average rainfall is 700mm per annum and no irrigation is allowed.

Onderkloof is named after the original pass over the Hottentots Holland mountain range. This pass is now a National Monument.

Onderkloof
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