Tucked away among rolling valleys, just an hour from Cape Town along the N2, lies the secret gem of the Bot River wine route. This is ďwhere real people make real winesĒ, and itís here that you will find GabriŽlskloof, whose sole focus is to perfect the art of wine making. The GabriŽlskloof vineyards are isolated and protected from contamination, making them disease and virus-free. We couldnít have asked for a better microclimate: cool sea breezes give us an extended ripening period so that we can harvest at lower sugar levels.
Although a new arrival on the exciting Bot River wine scene, GabriŽlskloofís wines have been a long time in the making. In 2001, general manager and viticulturist Barry Anderson passed on his passionate belief in the potential of the land to Bernhard Heyns, and since then there has been no looking back. After carefully matching cultivars and terroir, the first vines were planted in 2002 and in 2009 award-winning winemaker Kobie Viljoen joined the team to make the debut vintage.
The GabriŽlskloof cellar was designed to allow the modern equipment to handle the grapes with all the care of traditional wine-making methods. This is where winemaker Kobie works his magic.
He believes in making good, honest wines that offer amazing value. Youíll find no oak chips or staves in his cellar, only small oak barrels that gently age the wines.
Barry and Kobie like to say that they constantly are hard at work in the vineyards and the cellar. But they are also having lots of fun experimenting with the unique terroir and carefully selected grape varietals while working their magic to produce wonderfully expressive wines.
Our vineyards were carefully planned with vines selected to match the terroir Ė concentrating on producing a tight range. Fortunately we have such a choice of terroir that we can find a spot for even the most demanding of varietals. Currently established are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, MourvŤdre, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Malbec.