The following wines are made by David Niewoudt, who took over the amazing Cederberg estate from his father in 1997. The 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 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.Not content with the efforts he has made at Cederberg - for example the new plantings into the hard shale slopes - he has also bought land in windswept Elim in the far south of the country on slate and granitic soils, and also in Chile.
Revisiting David’s reds, we can’t understand why we haven’t shipped these for years. Perhaps it’s the increasing vine age - both Cabernet and the Shiraz were planted in the late 1990s - but these latest vintages are grand. David has taken this estate to the top of the tree in the Cape.
“"Cederberg produce a well-made, exotically-fruited version with around 25g/l residual sugar", Jancis Robinson , Wine Grapes, 2012. I...”
“Cabernet here enjoys a long ripening period, excellent for aromatics: this isn’t picked until mid April, three months after the harvest starts in...”
“Always our benchmark wine here, and particularly expressive in the latest vintage. Open, appealing scent of fresh pineapple and citrus. Mouthwatering...”
“Dramatic purple hue. Scent of violets. Deliciously forward raspberry fruit, refined and very perfumed. The merest hint of pepper enlivens the finish....”
“David Niewoudt bottled just nine barrels, 360 cases, of this top white, a barrel-fermented Chenin of great freshness and intensity. Very pale and...”
“This is David Niewoudt's 2nd label: the wine is from the young Sauvignon parcels at two cool-climate sites: the Cederberg estate, 3000 feet up...”