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“The Hoë-Steen vineyard was planted in 1968 west of Malmesbury towards Darling, in deep, red iron and clay-rich soils. Most probably the deepest soils we work within the Swartland. This block is a late ripener due to south-facing slopes. This vineyard was planted on a “massale” selection method and grafted in the vineyard onto the rootstocks a year after the rootstocks were planted. A few Cape Riesling(Crouchen Blanc), False Pedro, Palomino, Sémillon, and Clairette Blanche vines have been discovered since then. The vineyard remains predominantly Steen for us and we see it as part of the Cape’s old vineyard history which we are privileged to be working with. Right at the end of the harvest, this 2ha vineyard was harvested over three pickings. It was hand-sorted, the whole bunch pressed and matured in old French oak barrels for a year. The wine has a Certified Heritage Vineyards (CHV) seal and forms part of the old Vine Project (OVP).” Winemaker’s notes