Arendsig Wine Estate
We leave the beautiful Franschhoek Valley over the pass to Robertson and the Breede River Valley.
South Africa this year is suffering from a drought and the land is very parched luckily most vineyards have their own borehole so are able to keep the vines irrigated.
Today we have a meeting with Lourens at Arendsig Winery, here they get water by a canal syste3m from the hills around Paarl the harvest here is a little later due to the drought conditions they are able to use irrigation for 2 hours every second day during these crucial times because of this they can bring down the micro climate between 12pm and 2pm during hot summer days, before the South-Easterly starts to do its job. The night temperatures tend to cool down extremely well. This year the grapes are smaller but of a good quality. We have stoked wines from this Boutique Winery for several years and it is becoming very popular in UK. All wines are of a single grape variety, there are two ranges, both are of a superior quality but Lourens keeps the best grapes for the ‘Inspirational Batch’ label.
We were hoping to stock up on Chenin but the 2016 vintage is completely sold out and 2017 harvest is not bottled yet. We are investigating options of how to get some of this wine back to UK later in the year.