Kaapzicht is a family-owned and run wine estate in Stellenbosch, owned by the Steytler family who have farmed here since 1946. In South Africa, Danie Steytler has long been considered one of the top two producers of Pinotage in the country. He has won numerous awards and accolades for his Pinotage wines.
Kaapzicht is situated up in the Bottelary Hills with magnificent views towards Table Mountain (hence the name Kaapzicht: Cape View).
The family take their responsibility towards their employees incredibly seriously and have a number of schemes in place to both make their lives easier, and improve their outcomes. These include an on-site crèche, Pebbles and paying all school bills for the children of employees. In the evenings, Pebbles then turns into a centre to teach literacy to adults and offer tuition to help them achieve their end-of-school exams, sometimes many years after having left school.
Pinotage is South Africa’s very own grape variety and the red gravel soil in the pinotage blocks gives these vineyards their name — Rooiland, meaning red land. The Kaapzicht Rooiland Pinotage is in-fact a blend of 85% Pinotage and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes were picked at full ripeness, fermented in stainless steel tanks and pumped over 2 times a day. After a light pressing the Pinotage underwent malolactic fermentation before going into 28% new French oak barrels for 18 months.
Dark depth of black plum with an opulent, slightly reductive nose of black cherry, mulberry and stewed plum. The oak is very subtle and integrated, playing to the strengths of the fruit purity and precision. Texturally there is impressive focus, balanced finesse and an elegant mouthfeel punctuated with soft supple black fruits and oak spice.
Sustainability: Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.