Draaiboek means ‘script’ in Afrikaans. A script is a story come to life, given meaning through the character’s performance and words spoken. In our books, every wine comes bottled with its very own script. An unedited narrative drafted by years spent in the vineyard, sculpted by changing seasons and nurtured by caring hands.

The result is a tale that captivates each drinker on a unique adventure into one’s inner imagination. A fantastical land where life is simple and possibilities are endless. It also stirs memories of past travels, moments shared with friends and good food.

Our Story

It was with exactly this honest intention to express one’s creativity that a group of friends came together to craft Draaiboek Wines. After meeting at Stellenbosch University, everyone eventually headed out to write their own stories. Yet, despite different borders and time zones, they always checked in with every changing chapter of their lives.

Now, after many years of friendship, the characters have come together once again to produce Draaiboek Wines. Born out of a love for wine and the stories that it tells, Draaiboek Wines invite you to approach each wine like the blank pages of a book yet unwritten. What story will you tell?

Our Story

Draaiboek means ‘script’ in Afrikaans. A script is a story come to life, given meaning through the character’s performance and words spoken. In our books, every wine comes bottled with its very own script. An unedited narrative drafted by years spent in the vineyard, sculpted by changing seasons and nurtured by caring hands.

The result is a tale that captivates each drinker on a unique adventure into one’s inner imagination. A fantastical land where life is simple and possibilities are endless. It also stirs memories of past travels, moments shared with friends and good food.

It was with exactly this honest intention to express one’s creativity that a group of friends came together to craft Draaiboek Wines. After meeting at Stellenbosch University, everyone eventually headed out to write their own stories. Yet, despite different borders and time zones, they always checked in with every changing chapter of their lives.

Now, after many years of friendship, the characters have come together once again to produce Draaiboek Wines. Born out of a love for wine and the stories that it tells, Draaiboek Wines invite you to approach each wine like the blank pages of a book yet unwritten. What story will you tell?

Our Vineyard

The site is North-East facing, 300m altitude and the soil is predominantly Bokkeveld-shale with high clay content. The region receives high rainfall (750mm 10-year average) and most vineyards can be dry-farmed.

 

At Draaiboek wines, some of our favourite Chardonnays are produced on neighbouring wine farms and we are thrilled at the opportunity to work with these highly sought after grapes.

The Chardonnay is sourced from the smallest appellation within the Walker Bay Wine District in South Africa, the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. The area is situated 13km up the winding R320 from seaside town Hermanus (renowned for its land-based whale watching).

 

The Hemel-en-Aarde (meaning Heaven and Earth in Afrikaans) is divided into three wards: Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hemel en Aarde Upper Valley and Hemel en Aarde Ridge. In comparison to the other Hemel-en-Aarde appellations, the grapes typically ripen later on the ridge, and although furthest from the sea, still experience the benefits of a cool maritime climate with the greatest diurnal temperature variation of the three wards.

2020

A Draaiboek Wines Production

Onskuld Chardonnay

Onskuld, meaning innocence in Afrikaans, invites you to savour the simple joy that Chardonnay brings. The 2020 Onskuld Chardonnay is well-structured, with a fantastic balance of citrus fruit and minerality that reminds of an old-world Chardonnay. The wine shows freshness and elegance while reflecting the unique terroir of the Hemel & Aarde Ridge.

Viticulture: The Hemel & Aarde Ridge is the smallest appellation in the Walker Bay wine region. Our grapes are grown in a single 10-year-old north-east facing trellised vineyard, located at 300m above sea level, and is planted in clay-rich Bokkeveld shale. Ripening here generally occurs later due in part to the lofty elevations of the Ridge.

Winemaking: We follow a philosophy of minimal intervention, allowing the terroir to speak for itself. The grapes were harvested by hand on 20 February 2020 and moved directly to the press for gentle whole-bunch pressing. The juice was then transferred to French oak barrels, 30% of which were new, for fermentation. There the wine matured on fine lees for 11 months. Only the free-run juice was used in the final bottling.

Tasting Notes: A pale straw-yellow hue characteristic of an oaked Chardonnay. Citrus flavours of grapefruit and lemon aromas, with a hint of toasted brioche and subtle floral notes on the nose. Integrated oak provides a gentle texture to the mid-palate and a lingering refined finish.
Serving recommendation: The wine is best served at 10 to 13°C. If refrigerated, we recommend removing the wine from your refrigerator and opening it 30 minutes before serving.

Ageing potential: The wine is ready to enjoy on release, but will mature for a further 8 to 10 years.

The site is North-East facing, 300m altitude and the soil is predominantly Bokkeveld-shale with high clay content. The region receives high rainfall (750mm 10-year average) and most vineyards can be dry-farmed.

 

At Draaiboek wines, some of our favourite Chardonnays are produced on neighbouring wine farms and we are thrilled at the opportunity to work with these highly sought after grapes.

Our Vineyard

The Chardonnay is sourced from the smallest appellation within the Walker Bay Wine District in South Africa, the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. The area is situated 13km up the winding R320 from seaside town Hermanus (renowned for its land-based whale watching).

 

The Hemel-en-Aarde (meaning Heaven and Earth in Afrikaans) is divided into three wards: Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hemel en Aarde Upper Valley and Hemel en Aarde Ridge. In comparison to the other Hemel-en-Aarde appellations, the grapes typically ripen later on the ridge, and although furthest from the sea, still experience the benefits of a cool maritime climate with the greatest diurnal temperature variation of the three wards.

2020

A Draaiboek Wines Production

Onskuld Chardonnay

Onskuld, meaning innocence in Afrikaans, invites you to savour the simple joy that Chardonnay brings. The 2020 Onskuld Chardonnay is well-structured, with a fantastic balance of citrus fruit and minerality that reminds of an old-world Chardonnay. The wine shows freshness and elegance while reflecting the unique terroir of the Hemel & Aarde Ridge.

Viticulture: The Hemel & Aarde Ridge is the smallest appellation in the Walker Bay wine region. Our grapes are grown in a single 10-year-old north-east facing trellised vineyard, located at 300m above sea level, and is planted in clay-rich Bokkeveld shale. Ripening here generally occurs later due in part to the lofty elevations of the Ridge.

Winemaking: We follow a philosophy of minimal intervention, allowing the terroir to speak for itself. The grapes were harvested by hand on 20 February 2020 and moved directly to the press for gentle whole-bunch pressing. The juice was then transferred to French oak barrels, 30% of which were new, for fermentation. There the wine matured on fine lees for 11 months. Only the free-run juice was used in the final bottling.

Tasting Notes: A pale straw-yellow hue characteristic of an oaked Chardonnay. Citrus flavours of grapefruit and lemon aromas, with a hint of toasted brioche and subtle floral notes on the nose. Integrated oak provides a gentle texture to the mid-palate and a lingering refined finish.
Serving recommendation: The wine is best served at 10 to 13°C. If refrigerated, we recommend removing the wine from your refrigerator and opening it 30 minutes before serving.

Ageing potential: The wine is ready to enjoy on release, but will mature for a further 8 to 10 years.

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