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?
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.
A Draaiboek Wines Production
Onskuld, meaning innocence in Afrikaans, invites you to relish in the simple joy that Chardonnay brings. Each sip beckons you on a journey through your own imagination – perhaps sparking memories of glittering night skies or dreams of future adventures. Every wine is a story. Where will this one take you?
Our winemaking style shows freshness and elegance as the grapes are picked early to preserve their natural acidity and reflect the unique terroir of the Hemel & Aarde Ridge. Our winemaking philosophy is minimal intervention in the winery with a focus on sustainable viticultural practices.
Harvested on the 8th February 2019, by hand in lug boxes and transferred directly to the press for gentle whole-bunch pressing. Only the free-run juice was used, after settling, it was allowed to naturally ferment in 300L and 225L French oak barrels. 30% new French oak was used. The wine matured on fine lees for 10 months before bottling, unfiltered.
Wine of Origin: Hemel & Aarde Ridge 1300 bottles produced.
Tasting Note: Citrus aromas with passionfruit and notes of limes on the nose.