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FERNSKLOOF ORGANIC WINES
How it all started:
Pierre (la) Grange’s great grandson, Joseph le Grange, was the first le Grange to settle on Angeliersbosch farm (now named Fernskloof) around 1820. His grandson, also named Joseph, was born in 1841. He was the first le Grange to commercially plant vines, and also established a small winery, mainly used for distillation to make brandy. Winemaking then took place on the farm for two generations, but was sadly stopped, as other farming practices were pursued. Although they discontinued the winemaking, the winery was still used as a farm shed. To this day, clear splatter- and fingermarks are visible on the wooden beams of this building – this is also the very building in which our wines are made today.
Vines were again planted on the farm in 1994. Grapes were first sold to other wineries, until 2010, when the first Fernskloof wines were made by Diederik le Grange, of the 7th generation on the farm. The name, Fernskloof, derives from a beautiful kloof on the farm, complete with dripping water, ferns, and stalactites – in stark contrast with the otherwise dry environment of the Great Karoo.
Diederik is behind the winemaking and viticulture. After graduating in viticulture and oenology at the University of Stellenbosch, he worked harvests in Australia, America, Uruguay, France, and New Zealand.
Cabernet Sauvignon Chenin blanc rosé 2017
A medium dry rosé blended from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon rosé and 30% Chenin blanc. The wine received 9 months maturation in old oak barrels whilst still partially fermenting at the time of bottling, resulting in a complex. lively full rosé, with notes of grapefruit, peach and mango.
This wine displays typical flavors of a matured Pinotage, with young blackcurrent notes developing into nuances of toffee and caramel. A genial wine that can by enjoyed just on its own.
With 62% Pinotage and 38% Shiraz, the wine portrays the best of both varietals. A fairly uncommon blend, with upfront notes of pastis and cassis, typical to Pinotage, backed up with white pepper of Shiraz. A ripe, matured wine, with lingering hints of tobacco and leather.
Conceived from notably ripe fruit, yielding a big, spicy Merlot. Think ripe peach and Turkish delight. The aftertaste glows as a masculine blend of cedar and hints of ground coffee.
Things To Do:
Our tasting room is open daily from 10:00 – 16:00.
Sundays our times are from 10:00 – 14:00 by appointment.
Our hiking trail:
On the farm we pride ourselves in our 16km hiking trail, that has pleased many a runner and hiker.
Get in Touch
Monday to Saturday
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 14:00
Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 16 25
Longitude: E22 10 54
Latitude: S 33 16.421
Longitude: E 22 10.915