That Wine Demesne
About The Butlers: David has always had a penchant for gardening, he loves trees, and things grow for him. We also both like wine – especially that evening glass after a long day’s work! So one day while we were wandering around our little Demesne, with a glass of excellent vintage and the dogs, he looked across at Bramon Wine Estate and said “what about we do a small field?” So we nipped across to Peter & Caroline Thorpe who started the whole wine industry in this area, had dinner and planned our wine future on a paper table mat and that pretty much sealed it. So easy, that small white piece of paper …
We now boast a total of 5708 Pinot noir vines. There has been a lot of growth in these first seasons, both for us and the vines. The vines came through it a lot easier than we did. It is addictive, this growing of vines for the making of wines. So addictive, we decided to create another area: That Field Too is growing a storm – 1500 bustling Pinot noir vines which produced a glorious wine for the 2018 vintage. And, just to add a little lustre, we planted 600 vines in That Other Field in 2016 and 2018 a further 2200 vines have been planted on That’s Definitely The Last Field! In total we now have 1.5 hectares of Pinot noir vines. All very exciting.
The climate of Plettenberg Bay seems to be ideal for Pinot Noir. The vineyard is in an area called The Crags, about twenty kilometres east of Plett. As the name suggests, the area is mountainous and the vines are planted on the edge of a deep gorge. Fresh sea breezes funnel up the gorge ensuring that temperatures are seldom higher than the low-to-mid twenties and we (and the vines) are spared the intense heat of the Western Cape winelands. The soil is well-suited as for wine production: a fairly thin layer of topsoil over koffieklip and then clay (a profile quite similar to parts of the Hemel and Aarde valley).
Where to find That Wine:
Fynboshoek Cheese Farm :- situated in the Tsitsikamma, 45 mins from Plettenberg Bay. Superbly delicious lunches with Alje’s internationally renowned cheeses, hand crafted breads and homegrown salads www.fynboshoek.co.za Bookings only – it’s a treat!
The Table Restaurant:- right in the middle of Plettenberg Bay – this is the vibrant, year-round social hub of the town – lunches & dinners – delicious fare, good value! www.thetable.co.za
Zachary’s Bistro:- at Pezula Hotel, the luxury links golf estate & hotel, Eastern Head, Knysna. http://www.pezulahotel.com
Paying it Forward: We are delighted that That Wine was chosen by the FRIENDS OF KURLAND FOUNDATION to represent the value a small local venture has in long-term support in a poor area: permanent, full-time employment in a learning environment.
This Dutch foundation is run by Marc Schoon at Madiba Travel and Pieter van Rensburg, a local Plettenberg Bay resident. Through this foundation, funds are raised to run various projects in Kurland Village.
For further details contact Marc at email@example.com
About the 2018 Vintage: Going from strength to strength, the new vines produced excellent fruit. The harvest again doubled in size despite our aggressive shoot and fruit thinning with a total of 3030 bottles produced. The weather was challenging but the vines rose to the challenge and we produced an excellent wine – good body and structure with all the bright acids, rich berries, and gentle tannins of the first two years.
About the 2017 Vintage: The vines were a year older and were stronger and more uniform. It was a hot, dry summer and the berries were small and full of flavour. Again, we significantly reduced the crop load so as not to tire the young vines. The yield was double that of 2016, making 1282 bottles! We harvested earlier and the wine was lighter bodied with more red berry notes, hints of forest floor, elegant structure and low tannins. SOLD OUT
About the 2016 Vintage: The first crop had a difficult time: we had quite a wet spring with consequent mildew problems. The berry size was quite large for Pinot, and we lost a lot of grapes to birds and botrytis. We made a grand total of 577 bottles but despite the difficulties, the verdict from expert opinions (many opinions) has been that this is an excellent beginning. Young as it was, it displayed several of the important characteristics: good legs, exceptional colour, definite structure. The tannins were very gentle. Second-fill barrels were used, so the wood is very light, and the acids are good. – SOLD OUT
How to prepare That Wine for opening and drinking:
Chill your bottle(s), open (you’ll need a corkscrew) decant and let it breathe; the longer, the better. Select your glass: pour, sip, savour.
Goes perfectly with good food, good company, a good book and a good walk with the dogs … of course.
VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir – Single vineyard wine
HARVEST DATA: Brix – 22.5% / Production level 3.6 tonnes on ½ ha
WINEMAKER: Anton Smal
WINEMAKING: Destemmed & crushed/ Fermentation vessel: Polymer loose lid tank/Fermentation Barrel type – French Oak/ New wood – 30%/ Maturation – 9 months on the wood/ Filtration – yes/ Bottled – Dec 2018
WINE ANALYSIS: Alcohol: 12.44% / pH: 3.64 / Residual sugar (g/l): 2.1 / Acidity (g/l): 5.7 / SO² at bottling (mg/l): 99
PRODUCTION: 3030 (750ml) bottles
TASTING NOTES: Lustrous garnet red. Primary aromas of black cherry, strawberry with hints of truffle and pine needles. Gentle aging in French Oak barrels gives complex, delicate structure. Long in the mouth. Moderate tannins, good acid spikes.
FOOD MATCH: The most versatile wine in terms of food paring. Compliments Pizza, Beef – Braaied or Bourguignon, Casseroles, Stews, Mushroom or Truffle based dishes, Pastas, Venison, Duck, Chicken, Salmon (or any rich fish), Camembert & Brie
CELLARING: Up to 8 years from vintage.