Piekenierskloof

South Africa

Piekenierskloof

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young
and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a co-operative but now owned principally by two brothers, grandsons of Johan Abraham Van Zyl who first settled the heights above Citrusdal in 1923.

The derivation of the name is from the establishment of outposts on the mountain pass by Dutch Piekeniers, pikemen – whose military poses have been wittily adapted to farming and
gardening tasks on the labels!

The vineyards lie across the Paleisheuwel plateau in the Citrusdal mountains at 550-700m. of altitude – all dry-farmed with a high percentage of very old vines.

The climate is perfect, with sunny summers and cooling breezes making for low yields and healthy fruit. With an impressive managing and winemaking team of Cerina and Jaco Van Niekerk in place, there’s smarter winemaking than in the past.

With a reduction in the use of oak (especially the vanilla-scented American oak), one can appreciate the quality of the grapes grown here – which drew so many others to buy the fruit. Finally, all the wines offer superb value.

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2019

Please note this is NOT the wine recommended by Jancis Robinson in the FT on the 12th of...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK619

GrapeCinsault

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2019

Piekenierskloof has more Grenache planted than any other estate in the Cape - that's why...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK819

GrapeGrenache

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, Piekenierskloof, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, Piekenierskloof, 2019

Piekenierskloof, formerly a co-operative but now privately owned, owns outstanding vineyards...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75

CodePIK119

GrapeGrenache Blanc

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