Sterhuis

Sterhuis

Hugging the lofty slopes of the Bottelary Hills, caressed by crisp ocean breezes from both the Atlantic and Indian, our vineyards are indeed touched by the stars. 

For here, in the deep, coffee-coloured soils, grapes of stellar quality are grown. The unusually cool microclimate allows the fruit to develop unhurriedly, gradually ripening to full intensity.

So full of character and rich in nuances are these grapes, that precious little human intervention is required to transform them into wines worthy of our name. 

Sophisticated viticultural techniques, a hands-on vineyard management style and much applauded winemaking skills complement nature’s gracious gifts of high altitude, favourable soils and conducive climate. 

The resultant wines are the true expression of cultivar, terroir and vintage – in perfect harmony.

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  • Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    Vineyard:
    The vineyard was vested at an altitude of 400 to 450 metres above sea level. The altitude and exposure to the prevailing winds kept the vines cool in summer. The soils are derived from Malmesbury shale and granite with a strong quarts presence that ensures water retention with additional irrigation so that the vines are well buffered against drought.

    Winemaking:
    The grapes were handpicked on different sugar levels, spent some time on the skins before pressing and settled overnight. During fermentation the lees from the bottom of the tank was pumped over into the top of the tank. The fermentation was started with local as well as French yeasts which fermented at between 12 and 18º C. The wine spent an additional three months on the lees before bottling.

    Tasting Notes:
    The wine has an intense colour with a bright green hue. The nose is fresh with tropical fruit, figgs, gooseberries and a flinty minerality. The palate is lively with fresh tropical fruit, minerals and green cage characters finishing with a fresh acidity and a long minerally tail.

    R109.00 Add to cart
  • Chardonnay 2016

    Vineyard:
    The vineyard was vested in next to Sauvignon Blanc at an altitude of 400 to 450 metres above sea level. The altitude and exposure to the prevailing winds keep the vines cool in summer. The soils are derived from Malmesbury shale and granite that ensures water retention with additional irrigation so that the vines are well buffered against drought.

    Winemaking:
    The grapes were handpicked on the 3rd of March, whole bunch pressed to barrel and left to enable the natural yeasts to start fermentation. During fermentation the lees was battonaged to keep it in suspension. After fermentation, the wine was battonaged once a week to
    prevent oxidation and keep the lees in suspension. After ten months in barrel the wine was racked, sulphured for the first time, lightly filtered and bottled.

    Tasting Notes:
    The wine shows a dense straw colour with a green tinge. Aroma – it is a very complex and concentrated wine with dense layers of flavours of minerality, citrus, honey, tropical fruit, spices and crème brulee. The complex flavour spectrum repeats in the mouth with power and elegance and a long citrus/spicy/crème brulee finish.

    R180.00 Add to cart
  • Pinotage 2014

    R59.00 Add to cart
  • Blanc de Blanc 2013

    The grapes came from a 24 year old Chardonnay vineyard, it was whole bunch pressed, cold settled and fermented in older French oak barrels. After 5 months on the lees in barrel, the wine was racked, stabilized and prepared for secondary fermentation in bottle. It was bottled in September 2013 for secondary fermentation, after which it spent 42 months on the lees in bottle.

    The nose is quite clean and complex with notes of citrus, minerals, marmite and a fine oak complexity. The palate is alive with fine bubbles caressing the palate, the nose follows through on the mouth with a refreshingly dry citrus, butterscotch, minerally finish.

    R195.00 Add to cart
  • Stroopsoet Noble late Harvest

    R130.00 Add to cart