Cederberg lies at over 1000 metres altitude, one of South Africa’s highest wineries, surrounded by a very unique and dramatic landscape. To produce any wine at all here, let alone make some of South Africa’s most admired wines, is testimony to the passion and commitment of owner/winemaker David Nieuwoudt, fifth generation Nieuwoudt at the farm. Conservation is fundamental at the farm and Cederberg is a committed member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative. As a result of the farm’s remote location, the vines are by nature virtually organically grown. The wines have a unique purity of fruit and freshness which has become the Cederberg trademark.
At Cederberg, red wine production constitutes 60% of production and white wine 40%. Cederberg is one of only four South African estates to have Bukettraube under vine, a cross between Sylvaner and Trollinger. This wine has slowly built up quite a following with its exotic fruit and delicate character proving popular with Asian influenced cuisine. The Sauvignon Blanc is a fruity wine with capsicum flavours and the trademark Cederberg flinty finish. The Chenin Blanc is one of the most successful examples in the Cape and is unusual because it spends five months on Sauvignon Blanc lees. The single vineyard, barrel-fermented Five Generations Chenin is a step up in richness with an almost Puligny like intensity, complexity and elegance.
As for the reds, the Shiraz (15 months in 95% French oak) is multilayered and rich with spiced fruit whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon (aged for 15 months in oak) combines luscious dark blackcurrant fruit with subtle mint and tobacco leaf undertones. The Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon (100% aged in new French oak for 18 months) is even more impressive with immense power and structure that allow it to age effortlessly.
|Producer||Wine||Vintage||Bottle Shot||Wine Label||Technical Sheet||Tasting Note|
|Cederberg||Cabernet Sauvignon V Generations||2013|
|Cederberg||Chenin Blanc V Generations||2012|