The grapes were harvested from low yield-bearing (approx. 7 tons/ha) bush vines from the Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg and Bottelary regions. Low altitudes and southwestern facing slopes provide an ideal growing climate. Granite, duplex and scali soils resulted in superb water retention which led to a good deep root development and optimal moisture supply during the summer ripening period.
The canopy of the bush vines was left untouched to ensure a cool micro climate around the grapes. The low crop, age of the vineyard (25 – 50 years) and cool microclimate during the ripening period, ensured a healthy acidity pH level for good bottle maturation of at least 3 years.