Red Cultivars

Merlot

11 hectares are planted using two different clones on Richter 110 rootstocks.  The trellised extended Perold  5 wire method is used.  The vines are planted in decomposed granite, hutton and clovelly soils, and irrigated twice annually.  The bunches are medium to large, mostly conical, with a long peduncle.  The grapes have a thin skin with a heavy bloom.

Shiraz

14 hectares are planted using six different clones on Richter 99 and 110 rootstocks.  The trellised extended Perold  5 wire method is used.  The vines are planted in hutton, clovelly and decomposed granite soils, and irrigated  twice annually.  The bunches are medium and cylindrical with a long and brittle peduncle.  The grapes have a thin skin with a juicy pulp.

Cabernet Sauvignon

9 hectares are planted using three different clones on Richter 99 and 110 rootstocks.  The trellised extended Perold 5 wire method is used.  The vines are planted in decomposed granite soils, and irrigated twice annually.  The bunches  are small to medium (schleipt) conical to cylindrical with small round grapes and fairly large seeds with a thick skin.

Cabernet Franc

9 hectares are planted using two different clones on Richter 99 rootstock.  The trellised extended Perold 5 wire method is used.  The vines are planted in clovelly soils.  The bunches are larger than Cabernet Sauvignon.  They have a tough skin and ripen later than Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pinotage

6 hectares are planted using one clone on Richter 99 rootstock.  The trellised extended Perold 5 wire method is used.  The vines are planted in decomposed granite and hutton soils, and irrigated twice annually.  Pinotage is a truly South African grape cultivar which was produced in 1925 by Professor Perold who crossed two varieties, namely Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (Hermitage).  The bunches are medium, compact and cylindrical with a thick skin and a juicy pulp.

Malbec

3 hectares are planted using two clones on Richter 99 rootstock.  The trellised extended Perold 5 wire method is used.  The vines are planted in hutton and clovelly soils, and irrigated twice annually.  The bunches are conical and medium to large in size with a long peduncle.  The grapes have a thin skin.

Petit Verdot

1 hectare is planted using 1 clone on Richter 110 rootstock.  The trellised extended Perold 5 wire method is used.  The vines are planted in clovelly soils and irrigated twice annually.    The skin is thick and the bunches are medium in size.