Cederberg

South Africa

The redoubtable David Nieuwoudt took over the Cederberg estate from his father in 1997.

We first visited David in 2003, when he was in the midst of his planting programme, and have worked with him ever since then.

The Cederberg vineyards here are 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains, most of them on dramatic shale slopes. Good natural rainfall, around 550-600mm, cool temperatures (occasionally there are snow-showers in winter), with plenty of wind, mean that Cederberg enjoys a near perfect climate, in particular a long ripening period.

The whites are mountain-fresh, with plentiful natural acidity, and carefully crafted using reductive winemaking to preserve that brightness of fruit. In recent years we have also shipped more of David’s impressively concentrated and well-oaked reds.

David is a restless perfectionist. In pursuit of new projects he has bought land in windswept Elim (see below) in the far south of the country on slate and granitic soils: from there tons of Ghost Corner grapes are trucked up to the state of the art winery at Cederberg.

On the side he also makes wine in Chile. But just as important is his fine tuning of the vineyards at Cederberg.  Old blocks are being ripped out, replanted with the right vines (on, vitally, the right acid-tolerant rootstocks) in the right sites: Sauvignon Blanc on sandstone, Syrah on schist and Cabernet on clay.

The rows are being subtly realigned by 8 degrees; and he has made the aesthetically pleasing but costly decision to take down the baboon fences on his isolated parcels, instead employing staff to keep them away. Here are wines made by a very focussed winemaker at the peak of his game.

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2019

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2019

Always our benchmark wine at this estate - this is the 17th continuous vintage we have shipped....

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED119

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Cederberg, V Generations Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

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Cederberg, V Generations Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

There's usually only around 500 dozen released of David Nieuwoudt's top red, based on...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED917

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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MAGNUM Cederberg, Shiraz, Cederberg, 2016

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MAGNUM Cederberg, Shiraz, Cederberg, 2016

David Nieuwoudt's's 2016 Shiraz won a slew of awards: SAwi (South African Wine index)...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeCED416

GrapeShiraz

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

 Although there is no mention on the label, this is about two thirds from the young Sauvignon...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75

CodeCED620

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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