False Bay Vineyardsby Paul Boutinot
COUNTRY: South Africa
REGION: Western Cape
APPELLATION: Coastal Region
Named after South Africa’s most iconic bay, which frames much of the country’s premium winelands, False Bay Vineyards was borne out of a desire to make ‘real’ wine affordable.
Back in 1994, long before founding Waterkloof – his biodynamic vineyard overlooking False Bay- Paul Boutinot came to the Western Cape to seek out and rescue grapes from old, balanced and under-appreciated vineyards. These treasures were otherwise destined to be lost in the large co-operative blends that were dominating South Africa’s wine industry back then.
Unusually for that time, Paul transformed those Cape gems into wines with a minimum of intervention: Wild yeast ferments, no acid additions…you know the drill. A familiar story to many ‘real wine’ lovers now, but back then he was swimming against the tide. Even today, making wine this way at the price-level is almost unheard of.
Today the ingredients remain the same for Waterkloof’s Cellar Master Nadia Barnard: Fantastic coastal fruit, old vines and wild yeast abound, with additions avoided.
Western Cape is the main wine province in South Africa. It includes most of the vineyards in the country, and produces strong red wines a la Rhone all the way to nuanced Sauvignon Blancs. Western Cape hosts two wine regions: Paarl and Stellenbosch.
The wine regions here reach from Cape Town to the Olifants River and Mossel Bay to the north and east, respectively. Inland, the Great Karoo Desert has a semi-arid influence. Although rainy and cool weather occurs, the climate is mainly Mediterranean. The Langeberg Range, Hottentot Hollands, Riversonderend, and Cederberg mountains in the Western Cape contribute mesoclimates and soil integral to premium viticulture. Granite, shale, and sandstone are dominant throughout the area, while loam and alluvium are found in the Berg, Breed, and Olifants rivers up north.
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