Our VineyardsPerfectly located in the heart of the West Coast, South Africa
WHERE CRASHING WAVES & SALTY SEA BREEZES NURTURE OUR VINES.
The French term terroir is not easily defined, but among winemakers it represents all environmental factors that shape the personalities of wines from a specific vineyard or region. In our district, nature is unrelenting. It rains an average of only 50mm per year and the Southwesterly wind constantly buffets the coastline, but thanks to a series of fortunate coincidences this region is ideal for winemaking.
Another of nature’s gifts is our soil. It consists of a well-drained upper layer of red sand mixed with seashells and deeper layers of limestone that imparts a flinty character to our wines. Our terroir is so unusual that in 2005 South Africa’s prestigious Wine Magazine gave our Sauvignon Blanc a 5-star rating, making it only the second Sauvignon Blanc to do so in 12 years.
Because we have virtually no summer rain, our vineyards run little risk of being felled by rot and disease. The ocean and the wind further flavour us by carrying salt flakes onto the vine leaves. Not only does this alkalinity repel downy and powdery mildew it also gives our wines the distinct minerality that bears testimony to the close proximity of the Atlantic Ocean.
We believe in sustainable farming practices, so we planted our grapes among existing indigenous plants that provide a natural ground cover and protect the roots of the vines.The cove and nearby cliffs (after which our vineyard is named), acts as a natural buffer against the wind, stripping it of its destructive force and leaving only a cooling breeze. The cove also helps produce our microclimate, which averages 17 degrees Celsius. This and an abundance of sunshine enable our grapes to ripen slowly over a longer period of time, developing the outstanding flavour components associated with Fryer’s Cove wines.