Presentation on theme: "We are proud to have named our cellar and brand after the original name given in 1855 to Hermanus in Walker Bay, South Africa. From the outset our goal."— Presentation transcript:
We are proud to have named our cellar and brand after the original name given in 1855 to Hermanus in Walker Bay, South Africa. From the outset our goal has been to build a cellar and produce wines of the highest quality which will add value to the reputation which Hermanus already enjoys as a wine-producing region. Directors: Johan Pretorius Mariette Pretorius Bartho Eksteen
The History Hermanus Pieters came to the Cape in He was a Dutch farm school teacher at Boontjieskraal, near Caledon. Such were the times that sometimes the farmers whose children he taught would give him a sheep or two in payment for his services Although his school was at Boontjieskraal, he also served other farms such as Karwyderskraal, Afdak and Hemel-en-Aarde. Pieters came to South Africa at a time when Dutch-speaking farmers were unhappy about English as a mandatory medium of instruction in government schools. They consequently imported their own teachers from Holland. During his travels between farms, Pieters discovered a spring and grazing for his sheep on these shores. He camped and fished near a milkwood forest where he would return to many times. He told the fishermen and farmers about it and soon the spring became known to all as ‘Hermanus Pieters se Fontein”. He did not stay long enough to see the village that bears his name. Many years after the founding of Hermanuspietersfontein in 1855, the local postmaster had the name shortened to facilitate his job. Today Hermanus is one of South Africa’s most popular resort towns. People from all over the world flock to watch the Southern Right whales in Walker Bay.
In 2005 Johan and Mariëtte Pretorius, owners of one of the most sought after wine farms in the Walker Bay area, Waboomsrivier with the adjacent farm Waterval, partnered with winemaker Bartho Eksteen. Bartho's dream of being able to sourcing a consistent supply of grapes and the ideal environment in which to practice his brand of winemaking came true at Hermanuspietersfontein. Having chosen the original name of the village, Hermanuspietersfontein, we can rightfully lay claim to a heritage and place upon which we will build reputation not only for the quality of our own brand, but also to add to the importance of place of Walker Bay in the South African wine industry A tribute Since Hermanus Pieters’ purpose and passion was to teach the children of the Overberg farmers through the medium of Dutch – the forerunner to Afrikaans in South Africa - we decided in our own small way to immortalize Hermanus Pieters through the name of our cellar and wines by using only Afrikaans copy on our labels and packaging.
Our winemaker, Bartho, is now able to realize his dream of combining a constant supply of grapes from specific vineyards with an exclusive cellar. He controls the entire process in this 15,000 case cellar, from the earliest vineyard budding to the corking of the bottle. He is there when the fruit is picked in the early mornings and from then onwards, he jealously directs every bunch: he is at hand as the berries are sorted, destemmed and crushed; he watches as the wine pours into the vats; his rhythm determines the artisinal breath of the process. During harvesting you will find dirt under his fingernails and during bottling you will see his tall frame bent forward, measuring the label with his eye. Under these seamless conditions he can live out his passion and guide the grapes to become exceptional wines.
The State of the Art Fermentation Cellar
The Maturation Cellar
The Hermanuspietersfontein wines must be seen as members of one large family which hails from the family farm, now called Hermanuspietersfontein Boerdery, which falls in the Sunday’s Glen (Sondagskloof) ward of the Walker Bay district, 20 km west of Stanford. As things go in families, every member has his own story, idiosyncrasies and secrets. Some members are named for forebears, others carry nicknames which stick. Die Bartho and Die Arnoldus are named for grandfathers and uncles, Die Martha for the progenatrix, Kleinboet is always the youngest son in the family and there is a blacksheep in every family … our’s we call Swartskaap. Flagship Wines Die Arnoldus Bordeaux-style blend Die Martha Rh ô ne-style blend Die BarthoSauvignon Blanc driven Classical Wines Red Kleinboet Bordeaux-style blend Swartskaap Cabernet Franc White Nr. 3 Sauvignon Blanc Nr. 7 Sauvignon Blanc 1855 Sauvignon Blanc 1855 Rooi Rosé BloosBordeaux-style blend Lifestyle Wine 1855 Rosé
Die Arnoldus There is always one family member who imposes his personality on the others – and with good reason because he is imposing, unswerving and knows what he wants from life. He is Arnoldus. A man with gravitas. Die Arnoldus is the flagship red of Hermanuspietersfontein - a Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Die Martha Every family has its mater familias, and this one is a redoubtable woman with character – not someone to take on lightly. She rules the family with an iron fist and a soft heart, she is without pretensions, is forthright and has no qualms about expressing her opinion. And yet her children and grandchildren respect and honour her. In fact, they adore her. Die Martha is a definitive and characterful Shiraz-based blend.
Die Bartho The Barthos are the heart of the family. They are attuned to people and get along with everyone. Wherever they go, they attract people and blend with ease. They do have their weaker moments, but camouflage them with good relationships. Die Bartho was born of itself. Winemaker Bartho believes that the weaker characteristics of all Sauvignon Blanc wines, especially in the middle palate, can be augmented with the addition of Semillon and this is exactly what he did. And then he took it a step further and added the truly South African cultivar, Nouvelle. And thus Die Bartho was born – a sophisticated wine and the flagship white of Hermanuspietersfontein.
Nr 3 Sauvignon Blanc It goes without saying that Hermanuspietersfontein should have this confident wine in its portfolio. This is Bartho’s tropical style wine for which he is known. He has chosen grapes from the vicinity as well as close by Elim for this harmonious wine. This, Bartho says, is “a wine that will keep”.
Nr Sauvignon Blanc While Die Bartho and Nr 3 are Sauvignon Blanc wines of specific origin, Nr. 7 comes from different vineyards in different areas in order to capture the best characteristics of each area – and create a blend which shows Sauvignon Blanc wines to their best advantage. If looking for a wine which displays typical Sauvignon Blanc characteristics, here we present a good example – green, crisp, grassy…
1855 Sauvignon Blanc Imagine a hot summer’s day next to the pool with a frosted bottle of generous 1855 Sauvignon Blanc!
Kleinboet Kleinboet, or ‘little brother’, might move slightly in the shadow of his older brother, but he is very much a person in his own right. Pert, precocious and doesn’t allow himself to be dominated. He can be impudent and mischievous, but he is everyone’s favourite. This wine is another full-bodied Bordeaux blend.
Swartskaap 2006 Sometimes families have to bear with a black sheep - or a Swartskaap. One who doesn’t fit in well with the rest and always moves outside of the herd. He is otherwise and always acts differently. He developed an own character outside of the family and is regarded as an outsider …This wine is exactly as the name suggests: a "black sheep". A remarkable wine that stands out on its own, but does not work as a blending component. It also does not promise to present the same variety and style year after year. This is a 100% Cabernet Franc.
1855 Rooi You and your friends will just love the pure intensity and the aromas of prune, ripe bananas and plum. And of course the silkiness and clean, flowing finish!
Bloos Bloos is the delectable skaam meisie and youngest addition to the Hermanus-pietersfontein family of wines. The 2007 Bloos is a full- blooded Bordeaux Rosé with a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, which makes it a Rosé with generous cherry, raspberry, blackberry and mulberry aromas. Add to this a hint of French Oak.
1855 Rosé To commemorate the historical 1855 we have released 1855 Rosé, our cellar door wine This wine is packaged in 1 litre bottles and 9 bottle cases. In addition to being available in our tasting room, you are invited to taste and enjoy this fine wine at our Food & Wine Market on Saturdays together with a relaxing lunch of fresh foods and snacks.
2005 Die Arnoldus Origin:Western Cape Composition:Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot 29% Malbec 8.5% Petit Verdot 8.5% Cabernet Franc 4% Alcohol:14.85 vol % Res. Sugar:2.46 g/l Total Acidity:6.39 g/l pH:3.70 Wooded:24 months in new and 1st fill French oak Bottling Date:19 April 2007 Tasting: Characteristics:plentiful berry flavours, black olive, cashew and coffee with spice and nut undertones Colour:ruby, garnet Body:rich Tannins:rounded Length:solid Intensity:pure Consistency:rich Structure:seamless Finish:persistent Balance:flowing When will the wine reach its peak?8 years, provided it is stored under optimum conditions (we might still be pleasantly surprised beyond that) Overall Impression:a great wine with perfect integration and the legs of a super model
2005 Die Martha Origin:Walker Bay 74% Durbanville 26% Composition:Shiraz 54% Cabernet Sauvignon 28% Merlot 18% Alcohol:15.03 vol % Res. Sugar:2.57 g/l Total Acidity:6.01 g/l pH:3.63 Wooded:20 months in new and 1st fill French oak Bottling Date:7 December 2006 Tasting: Characteristics:black pepper, cinnamon, fruitcake, plum, wild berries, toast, toffee, carraway, menthol, stewed prunes, nutmeg Colour:ruby, brick red Body:muscular Tannins:balanced Length:long Intensity:deep Consistency:firm Structure:solid Finish:clean Balance:flowing When will the wine reach its peak?:7 years, provided it is stored under optimum conditions (we might still be pleasantly surprised beyond that) Overall Impression:concentrated, noble, rich, with perfect wood integration
2006 Die Bartho Origin:Elim 98% Cape Agulhas 2% Composition:Sauvignon Blanc 65% Semillon – wooded for 6 months in new French oak 28% Nouvelle 7% Alcohol:13.23 vol % Res. Sugar:1.9 g/l Total Acidity:6.1 g/l pH:3.18 Bottling Date:18 August 2006 Tasting: Characteristics:mineral, flint, gun smoke, nettles, green pepper Acidity:crisp Body: medium Length:generous Consistency: supple, silky Structure:consistent, elegant, Finish:fresh, crisp Complexity:sophisticated, refined Balance:well-balanced Overall Impression:a wine that deserves patience Did you know that our Sauvignon Blanc can mature for up to 6 years and perhaps even surprise us beyond that?
2007 Nr. 3 Sauvignon Blanc Origin:Bo-Langkloof Composition:Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol:13.32 vol % Res. Sugar:1.9 g/l Total Acidity:7.2 g/l pH:3.32 Bottling Date:17 August 2007 Tasting: Characteristics:tropical, fruit salad flavours of gooseberries, melon, pomogranate and granadilla with a hint of grass and nettles Acidity:fresh Body:medium Length:generous Consistency:firm, rich Structure:medium, seamless Finish:persistent, lingering Complexity:harmonious Balance:well-balanced Overall Impression:suave Did you know that our Sauvignon Blanc can mature for up to 6 years and perhaps even surprise us beyond that?
2007 Nr. 7 Sauvignon Blanc Origin:Western Cape Composition:Sauvignon Blanc 89% Nouvelle 11% Alcohol:12.97 vol % Res. Sugar:2.8 g/l Total Acidity:6.7 g/l pH:3.34 Bottling Date:19 September 2007 Tasting: Characteristics:green apple, herbaceous, dusty, fresh cut grass with a hint of caramel butter/lanolin flavours Acidity:crisp Length:long Consistency:velvety Structure:finesse Finish:clean Complexity:defined Balance:harmonious Overall Impression:seamless Did you know that our Sauvignon Blanc can mature for up to 6 years and perhaps even surprise us beyond that?
Wit Origin:Western Cape Composition:Sauvignon Blanc 90% Nouvelle 10% Alcohol:12.88 vol % Res. Sugar:3.8 g/l Total Acidity:7.4 g/l pH:3.10 Bottling Date:31 July 2007 Tasting: Characteristics:white pepper, flinty, chalky Acidity:fresh, crisp Body:medium Length:generous Consistency:soft Structure:layered Finish:clean Complexity:developed Balance:flowing Overall Impression:perfect for every day enjoyment
2007 Bloos Origin:Western Cape Composition: Cabernet Franc 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Merlot 24% Petit Verdot 10% Malbec 2% Alcohol:13.14 vol % Res. Sugar:3.8 g/l Total Acidity:6.4 g/l pH:3.07 Bottling Date:14 June 2007 Tasting: Characteristics:a new generation Rosé with an abundance of cherry, raspberry, black berry and mulberry flavours, and a touch of French oak Colour:coral pink Acidity:refreshing Length:long Consistency:supple Structure:layered Finish:clean Complexity:refined Balance:flowing Overall Impression:This is not just another Rosé - this wine wears the HPF label with dignity and pride.
2005 Kleinboet Origin:Western Cape Composition:Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Merlot 30% Petit Verdot 7% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec 3% Alcohol:14.75 vol % Res. Sugar:2.56 g/l Total Acidity:6.35 g/l pH:3.68 Wooded:20 months in new and 1st fill French oak Bottling Date:8 December 2006 Tasting: Characteristics:dark chocolate, liquorice, mint, blackcurrant, black olive, lavender, cashew, hint of herbs Colour:brick red to purple Body:medium Tannins:rounded Length:generous Intensity:distinct Consistency:supple Structure:round Finish:dry Balance:harmonious When will the wine reach its peak?:7 years, provided it is stored under optimum conditions (we might still be pleasantly surprised beyond that) Overall Impression:distinctively the “little brother” of Die Arnoldus
2006 Swartskaap Origin:Sondagskloof Composition:Cabernet Franc 100% Alcohol:14.74 vol % Res. Sugar:2.6 g/l Total Acidity:6.0 g/l pH:3.39 Wooded:16 months in new and 1st fill French oak Bottling Date:31 July 2007 Tasting: Characteristics:earthy, musk, smoky, plum, spicy, violets, toast Colour:violet to purple Body:muscular Tannins:rounded Length:generous Intensity:distinct Consistency:silky Structure:seamless Finish:fresh Balance:flowing When will the wine reach its peak?:5 years, provided it is stored under optimum conditions (we might still be pleasantly surprised beyond that) Overall Impression:concentrated, rich with perfect wood integration
Rooi Origin:Western Cape Composition:Pinotage 44% Malbec 30% Cabernet Franc 12% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 4% Petit Verdot 2% Alcohol:14.02 vol % Res. Sugar:2.8 g/l Total Acidity:6.0 g/l pH:3.67 Wooded:13 months in new and 1st fill French oak Bottling Date:28 June 2007 Tasting: Characteristics:red berry, prune, ripe banana, plum Colour:ruby Body:medium Tannins:balanced Length:medium Intensity:pure Consistency:silky Structure:open Finish:clean Balance:flowing When will the wine reach its peak?:3 years, provided it is stored under optimum conditions (we might still be pleasantly surprised beyond that) Overall Impression:concentrated, rich, perfect for every day enjoyment
Rosé Origin:Western Cape Composition:Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec Petit Verdot Shiraz Pinotage Alcohol:13.24 vol % Res. Sugar:2.4 g/l Total Acidity:6.8 g/l pH:3.30 Bottling Date:15 May 2006 Tasting: Characteristics:violets, raspberry, cherry Colour:violet, rose Acidity:crisp Body:muscular Length:long Intensity:varietal Consistency:firm Structure:layered Finish:lingering Balance:flowing Overall Impression:distinguished bottled in a 1 litre bottle while stocks last easy, informal, accessible, yet elegant
Our 400ha farm, Hermanuspietersfontein Boerdery, in the Sunday’s Gorge lies nestled in a valley between the mountains close to Stanford and the Atlantic Ocean where we cultivate and have under vine: Cabernet Sauvignon - 10ha Merlot - 7ha Cabernet Franc - 4ha Malbec - 2ha Petit Verdot - 1ha Shiraz - 5ha Viognier - 1ha Sauvignon Blanc – 25ha Semillon - 3ha Nouvelle - 1ha By virtue of the elevation our vineyards catch and enjoy the cool breezes from the Atlantic Ocean. This creates a unique micro-climate which plays a major role in setting the character of the wines.
The Shiraz vines are situated on the warmer north easterly slopes. The farm lies in the winter rainfall area with the occasional summer showers from the south east. The prevailing south easterly summer winds, and the high elevation of the farm ( m) make this pocket about 2°C cooler than other areas. The average rainfall here is 650 mm. The weathered granite duplex soil with high clay content in the sub-soil contributes to a terroir highly suitable for Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties. Hermanuspietersfontein Boerdery is covered with 200Ha of fynbos on the unplanted slopes, with large tracts of land been left in their pristine state. Much effort is being expended to clear the entire farm of invasive alien plants. The farm is a haven for a variety of wild animals like duiker, reebok, cerval and baboon. Leopard spoor is often spotted.
Biodiversity Hermanuspietersfontein Boerdery became a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) in The goals of BWI are to minimise the further loss of threatened natural habitat, and to contribute to sustainable wine production, through the adoption of biodiversity guidelines by the South African wine industry. We have already implemented biodiversity guidelines, we conserve our ecosystems, and we incorporate a biodiversity story and vision in our wine experience.
Cottages Situated only 20 km east of Stanford, Hermanuspietersfontein Boerdery is a farm which offers you the unique combination of magnificent mountains, 200Ha pristine fynbos and clear mountain streams with beautifully tended vineyards. Here one is infused with peace and tranquility as one takes in the expansive views and absorbs the sounds of nature and at night there are only the stars to guide you. It is a working farm. You will find 11 different vine cultivars against the mountain slopes. The superior Hermanuspietersfontein wines derive from this unique micro-climate and terroir. Bloos and Kleinboet offer fully furnished one-bedroomed double bed accommodation and Swartskaap is the en-suite annex with its bunkbed.
Each cottage is self-contained with bedding and towels, a shower, running hot water, all kitchen utensils, fridge, and even an indoor braai for winter. And to ensure that you get away from it all, there is no electricity or cellphone reception.
Take a walk along one of the routes between the vineyards and fynbos to the waterfalls or follow the mountain streams - and for the energetic, climb to the summit of Tafelberg. Cyclists are encouraged to bring along their mountain bikes and ride the roads between the vineyards. The farm is ideal for fynbos and bird watching enthusiasts. Bird-friendly farming methods ensure a wealth of birdlife. Invasive alien vegetation has been removed and the fynbos is pristine again. Stargazers are assured of wonderfully dark nights.
Tasting Room Visit our Tasting Room and Sauvignon Blanc Centre and meet friendly hostess Braelea Pope who will expertly guide you through a tasting of all our wines. As patrons of the Bartho Eksteen Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, we also feature a selection of the best South African Sauvignon Blancs. Take the opportunity and time to compare 20 Sauvignon Blancs to the wines that Bartho makes.
Hermanuspieterfontein Food & Wine Market On offer every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Olives and olive oils, cheeses, cured meats, pies, breads, organic vegetables, sauces, pickles, pâtés, flowers, honey, traditional and international dishes, organic coffee, biltong, home bakes, pancakes, spices, ducks and quails... And wine? Always! By the glass. By the bottle. Or buy a case. Or two.
The biggest annual event of its kind, Bartho pits the prowess of local Sauvignon Blanc talent against the best in the world - an event not to be missed by lovers and aficionados of Sauvignon Blancs. The trophy was created by David Reed, well-know South-African glass artist.
Concerts From time to time we host music concerts, from jazz to classical music, or intimate one man shows in the vat cellar or in the court yard.
Location The Hermanuspieterfontein Cellar lies at the entrance to the Hemel and Aarde Valley, midway between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas and is within walking distance of Walker Bay. Latitude 34° 23’ South. Distances: 90 minutes drive from Cape Town 70 minutes from Cape Town International Airport 30 minutes from Arabella Golf Course 50 minutes from Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa