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About Our Vineyards
Terroir
A simple definition of terroir is "all of the factors in the vineyard that influence the unique character and flavor of the fruit". These factors include trellising techniques, irrigation practices, temperature, soil type (in particular its fertility and water holding capabilities), aspect to the sun and slope, and yearly rainfall amounts 

Viticulture
The extent of the plantings at Koopmanskloof consist of five varietals, as follows: 

  • Sauvignon Blanc 
    Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape gets it name from the French word sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in western France. It is now planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. Conversely, the grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Depending on climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. Wine experts often use the phrase "cat's pee on a gooseberry bush" as a favorable description of Sauvignon Blanc. 

    At Koopmanskloof Sauvignon Blanc is cultivated as bush vine against the Bottelary Hills. The vineyard is 23 years old with an east - west row direction. 

  • Chenin Blanc
    Chenin blanc (or simply Chenin) is a particularly versatile grape that is used to make dry white wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines and brandy. It provides a fairly neutral palate for the expression of terroir, vintage variation and the winemaker's treatment. In cool areas the juice is sweet but high in acid with a full-bodied fruity varietal palat. In the best vintages the grapes can be left on the vines to develop noble rot, producing an intense, viscous dessert wine which will improve considerably with age. 

    At Koopmanskloof Chenin Blanc is cultivated as bush vine against Bottelary Hills with an east-west row direction. 

  • Carignan 
    Carignan is a red grape variety widely planted. Carignan is sometimes bottled as a varietal, but is most often valued for the deep colour and structure it can bring to a blend. It can produce dense, structured wines of high quality if yields are kept low. The berries are bluish-black, round and fairly large, with fairly thick, astringent skins.Only a few growers carefully manage vine vigor and limit crop size to produce interesting, distinctive wines from this grape. aromas associated with Carignan are, black fruits, black pepper and licorice. 

    At Koopmanskloof Carignan is cultivated as bushvine and harvests are kept low. This cultivar is used to make Rose and blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce the Koopmanskloof Dry Red label. 

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 
    Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in most of the world's wine regions, although it requires a long growing season to ripen properly and gives low yields. The particularly thick skin of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape results in wines that can be high in tannin which provides both structure and ageability. This varietal, while frequently aromatic and with an attractive finish, also tends to lack mid-palate richness and so is often blended with lower tannin, but "fleshy" tasting grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon has a well defined aroma it is characterised by a smell of violets, blackcurrant, cedar and spice. 

    At Koopmanskloof Cabernet Sauvignon is cultivated as 50% bush vine and 50% trellis vine. 

  • Shiraz 
    Shiraz is widely used to make a dry red table wine. It is often vinified on its own, but is also frequently blended with other grape varieties. Wines made from Shiraz are often quite powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, depending on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural practices chosen. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries, chocolate, espresso and black pepper. No one aroma can be called "typical" though blackberry and pepper are often noticed. With time in the bottle these "primary" notes are moderated and then supplemented with earthy or savory "tertiary" notes such as leather and truffle. 

    Shiraz is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce the Koopmanskloof label with the same name. 

    Certifications
    • Wine Industry Ethical Trading Association (WIETA) registered
    • Fairtrade registered
    • Winelands Biodiversity Initiative Founder Member
    • Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Compliant
    • IPW Compliant (Fairtrade and WIETA Accreditation in progress)
    Infrastructure
    • 520 ha Stellenbosch Origin Vineyards
    • 4000 ton crushing facility
    • 3000 Oak Barrel Maturation Facility
    • 3 Million Litre Stainless Steel Storage Tanks
    • Bottling at SABS Accredited Facilities
    • Winemaker and Viticulturist with over 30 Years Experience
    • 86 Skilled workers living on the farm
  • Tel: +27.218652355   Fax: +27.865607145   Email: info@koopmanskloof.co.za  
    P.O. Box 19, Koelenhof, 7605, South Africa