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Tierhoek Wine Estate, Piekenierskloof Valley, Cederberg

Tierhoek Wine Estate, Piekenierskloof, CederbergWhen the wines on Tierhoek, an estate in the Piekenierskloof in the Cederberg, received one of the highest ratings for any South African wine, by Decanter Magazine, in the UK, owners Tony and Shelley Sandell knew all their efforts were in the right direction. After they bought Tierhoek in 2001, they restored the original farmhouse and the neglected 30 year old Chenin Blanc vines.

Decanter magazine noted their wine as being of a Loire style, attained by the cool climate, altitude (760m above sea-level) and well suited terroir. Tony and Shelley immediately set to planting a further 12 hectares of vineyard, with the focus on site-specific cultivars, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre.

Soils consist of weathered sandstone, resulting in good drainage, and thereby forcing the vines to push their roots deeper in search of moisture. It’s in these cooler depths where the grapes gather their minerality that is so characteristic of Tierhoek wines. With the effect of a cool summer, and resulting prevalent acidity, you have all the conditions for wines of elegance and balance. At the cellar, a minimum-intervention approach is maintained, and grapes and juice are constantly kept at low temperatures, ensuring that slow fermentations preserve all the characters of the vineyard.

Tasting and sales: Mon – Fri 08h00 – 17h00: Sat 08h00 – 14h00 (by appointment only)

Tel/fax: +27 (0) 27 921 3595: Cell: + 27 (0) 78 613 7274: E-mailWebsite.

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