A wine region conducive to a multitude of grape varieties

April 2018

A Wine region conducive to a multitude of grape varieties

South Africa makes wonderful Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, but we can do so much more with other varieties, not only by expanding our national portfolio of diversity and quality, but by offering consumers a broader spread of wines to choose from.

So says Org de Rac cellarmaster, Frank Meaker, still excited by the successful showing of the Estate’s Roussanne 2017 in the inaugural Winemag Competition for Alternative Grape Varieties. The wine scored 92 points and achieved the second highest score in the white wine category. It was also the highest scoring of all the Roussanne entries in the competition. 

“Roussanne is a wonderful white variety made famous by the great wines of the Rhône region in France,” says Frank who pioneered the planting of this cultivar on Org de Rac where it is also used in the flagship white blend, Die Waghuis. 

“This is the kind of region that makes a
winemaker’s hands itch with excitement”

“The rocky soils and sunny, dry climate of Piketberg are ideal for this grape, especially as you have a westerly breeze from the Atlantic fanning the vineyards. This is the kind of region that makes a winemaker’s hands itch with excitement as I believe it to be conducive to a multitude of grape varieties – from the traditional plantings of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which we have, to newbies such as Verdelho and Roussanne.” 

Org de Rac has one hectare planted to Roussanne on a cooler south-facing slope with east to west row direction. The soils are of terra-rossa formation with a high percentage of shale, providing a well-drained, cool root environment. 

“Roussanne is generally a mid-season ripening variety,” says Frank, “and these grapes for the Roussanne 2017 were harvested at 22.8° Brix with a total acidity of 6.2 g/l. They were crushed, chilled down to 15° C and left overnight on skin contact in rototanks. The juice was settled, racked and fermented dry before undergoing malolactic fermentation. A small portion was left on wood staves for added complexity.” 

The result, says Meaker with a broad smile, is a wine with fresh mineral and citrus characters, as well as a seductive floral depth.

An enthusiastic follower of Org de Rac Wines

Tony Da Costa has stocked Org de Rac organic wines in his centrally located Claremont Liquor City ever since the store opened five years ago, but that’s not surprising; Tony’s store stocks one of the widest ranges of quality wines, craft beers, whisky and Gin in Cape Town. 

“This is a specialist store and our customers are fussy,” says Tony, “they are getting to know about Org de Rac organic wines.” 

Asked what his favourite Org de Rac wine is, Tony doesn’t hesitate: Org de Rac Shiraz Reserve. He also recommends the award-winning Org de Rac MCC (Cuvée La Verne Methode Cap Classique). 

Liquor City Claremont is located on Palmyra Road, Claremont, close to Claremont station. The store stocks a full range of Org de Rac wines.

Taking Org de Rac wines to the world

Org de Rac’s sales and marketing manager, Bethchen Zaayman, showcased Org de Rac wines at the ProWein Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany in March.

Bethchen is pictured with Portuguese, French and South African wine producers at the pavilion of Bert’s Wein Express. The German wine importer and distributor (owned by Bert Seiter, pictured back row, right) plays an important role in the distribution of Org de Rac wines in Europe.

Bethchen is dwarfed by the sign welcoming delegates to the ProWein Trade Fair which this year attracted almost 7 000 exhibitors from 64 countries.

Bethchen is pictured with Martin Dybal who imports Org de Rac wines to the Czech Republic

Make the most of warm, sunny days and crisp, autumnal nights with a good selection of Org de Rac organic wines. For the month of April, wine lovers can take advantage of a 10% discount on any two cases of Org de Rac wine. 

Lightly Wooded Chardonnay 2017 
Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Verdelho 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Merlot 2015

Shiraz 2016

Oysters & sparkling wine

Our festive season oyster and MCC promotion has been so popular with visitors to Org de Rac that we have decided to extend it to April.  

The heavenly combination of Org de Rac’s award winning Cuvée La Vern Methode Cap Classique and fresh, plump oysters from the west coast is the ultimate summertime treat.  

Fresh West Coast oysters R10 each  
Cuvée La Verne MCC 2014 @ R30 per glass or R130 per bottle  
Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 17:00  
Saturday: 09:30 to 14:00