Today there is a much needed focus on old vines in the South African wine industry and dynamic visionaries like viticulturist Rosa Kruger have been instrumental in creating an identity for South African wines based on bush vine Chenin Blanc particularly. Despite the fact that Chenin Blanc is very closely related to the local industry, it was already growing for ages in the Loire valley before making its way to the southern tip of Africa in the 17th century. Pinotage on the other hand is much younger than Chenin Blanc, but was born and bred right here between our mountains and under our sunny skies.
Cecilia Pinotage is made from one of only a few bush vine vineyards in the West Coast region of South Africa. Growing in the hills between Clanwilliam and the Altlantic ocean, at an altitude of approximately 400 meters, these old vines have learned to cope without irrigation by balancing themselves to only produce a small quantity of bunches per vine. It is this wisdom, acquired over time, that delivers a wine with immense subtlety, identity and power.