Bertie Coetzee represents the sixth generation of his family to farm Lowerland, on the banks of the Orange River near Prieska in the Northern Cape. Let’s not beat around the bush: traditional wine country this isn’t. The desert-like climate is peculiar, being approximately 29 degrees south so on the outer limits of what’s considered prime latitude for vines, but the African heat is moderated by over 1,000 metres of altitude and consequentially high diurnal range. Generally conditions are dry and therefore favourable for organic farming, on which Bertie is something of a visionary.
Once picked, the grapes are driven for 12 hours south to Stellenbosch, where the wines are made by two of the best young talents in the Cape, Thistle & Weed (aka Stephanie Wiid & Etienne Terblanche) and Lukas van Loggerenberg.
Lovely red apple skin and fresh bread aromas followed by a stone fruit component and some ginger spice on the nose. Lovely rounded wine on the palate, especially for a Colombard. Red apple and early picked nectarine fruit flavours. The bold fruit is balanced well with an insanely high natural acidity characteristic to the cultivar as well as this block. Unbelievable length make this a firm favourite among staff and guests alike.
Sear some pork chops with ginger and apple sauce and let this wine sing.