HARVEST & VINTAGE NOTES
‘T Voetpad means “The Footpath” in Dutch, and is the name of Dirk Brand’s wheat & rooibos tea farm, where the block of old vines is tucked away. This is the most isolated old vineyard in the country. Its 1.4 ha hosts varieties established in the Cape between 1900–1928. All of the vines grow on their own roots (even the chenin, untroubled by phylloxera). The vineyard, planted in 1887–1928, is in a hot valley in the north of Swartland, near the village of Aurora and Elands Bay on the coast, so its survival without irrigation is extraordinary. It survives because of its location above an underground river, flowing from the mountains.
No herbicides are used, and grass and weeds between the vines help dry out the winter-wet soils, while also driving the vine roots deeper. Its soils are heavily decomposed Table Mountain sandstone, with average yield of 22 hl/ha.
The varieties are picked and pressed together, co-fermentedin old foudres, and aged on lees for 12 months.
The Voetpad is a co-planted vineyard with many different grapes, and one would expect some edges, but the growing-together-for-a-century evens out all edges of difference. The 2016 has flavours of straw bales, lanolin and anise aromatics alongside some very ripe peach flavours. The palate is extremely strict in terms of the defining tannins being quite affirmative at this stage, but is still balanced with a savoury finish.
Eben Sadie & Paul Jordaan
GRAPES: 40% Semillon (Blanc & Gris), 40% Chenin Blanc, 15% Palomino, 5% Muscat
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.7 g/L
TOTAL SULPHUR: 83 mg/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.8 g/L
422 cases x 6/750ml