The greatest wines are produced at the crossroads of special vineyards, near-perfect vintage conditions and man’s finest efforts. Such a wine is Bloemendal’s Suider Terras Sauvignon Blanc 2015, from a special vineyard and a vintage of perfect conditions.
Planted in 1982, it has been given heritage status this year and, at 35 years old, is among the five oldest Sauvignon blocks in the country. The mere thought of replicating this terraced vineyard today is impossible to contemplate. The costs are just not justifiable considering the meagre potential for crop. What the vineyard has shown a staggering resilience and has completely adapted to the harsh conditions it finds itself in. Producing a miniscule 943kg/ha of fruit, these gnarly and twisted vines, shaped by the assault of the infamous South Easter, results in a rare and special wine. Just looking upon the vineyard is a magical experience.
As a relatively young wine producing country, our post-1994 journey is culminating in the discovery of great vineyards. Only time and luck affords one the opportunity to make these discoveries. The efforts of the likes of Rosa Kruger and Eben Sadie have highlighted the importance of these vineyards and helped to safeguard our vinous heritage.
We need these fine wines, like Suider Terras 2015, to draw attention to these special parcels and to safeguard them for future generations. Planted in 1982, the Suider Terras, as the name suggests, is terraced and this aspect of this vineyard alone would make it impossible to replicate today, being just too expensive. At an altitude of 365m the vineyard faces the brunt of the South Easter and as a result only 6460 of the original 9900 vines have survived. But the efforts of Lombard Loubser, the viticulturist, and Francois Haasbroek, the winemaker, have increased the meagre crop from barely 600kg/ha in 2013 to over 900kg/ha in 2015. This is an average of just 510g per vine!
Wine Cellar has an exclusive 100 cases of sequentially numbered and signed cases available. Of the 4 barrels produced the first 900 bottles will be sequentially packed in 6 bottles wooden cases, each signed by both Lombard and Francois. This is a historic bottling and speaks of a perfect moment in time when a special vineyard, a great vintage and Lombard and Francois’ efforts ensured a wine of distinction.