Varietal: Clairette Blanche
Old bush vines planted in 1977
In 1939 the Du Plessis family started farming on the farm Avon in the Breërivier Valley. The property included a traditional homestead and farmer’s cellar. The cellar was built in 1944 where garagiste style wines were made on a very small scale, typically with “Frans-druif” (Sémillon) and Hanepoot, as it was widely known on the countryside. In 1970 the Hugo family bought the farm and mainly used it as grazing grounds for their cattle and only in 1977 did they plant the first Clairette Blanche on Avon. Recently Isak Visagie bought the farm from the Hugo’s and we will be launching the very first sample of their Clairette Blanche soon.
Longlands and Westleigh
Picked at 22.5° Balling. Whole bunch pressed and settled for 24 Hours. Racked to old barrel where fermentation commended. Thick lees contact for 6 months with regular “Batonnage”. Racked from thick lees and Sulphur. First release to be launched early 2018.