Intensive soil analysis and complete terroir assessment were undertaken before the best possible clones were selected for specific sites. Following this approach, it was decided that Bordeaux and Rhône varieties would do best here.
Of the grapes planted, 70% are red varieties and 30% white. In total, 12 different varieties have been planted as our winemaking philosophy is very much one of blending.
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc vineyards were planted first, in 2002, in deep, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils. The remainder were planted between 2003 and 2007.
The Gabriëlskloof cellar was designed to allow the modern equipment to handle the grapes with all the care of traditional wine-making methods.