In 2013, entrepreneur, Penny Streeter OBE acquired the 200 hectare Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate just outside Hermanus. The estate has 70 hectares under vine and 10 hectares planted with olive trees.
Located 2.7m above sea level, on the lagoon where Walker Bay meets the Bot River, Benguela Cove’s vineyards are unique. They boast some of the most sought-after terroirs in South Africa where the prevailing south-easterly sea breeze is chilled by the Benguela Current flowing up from Antarctica. This cools the grapes at night after warm summer days, and the vines are irrigated by above-average rainfall, resulting in slow ripening which produces the gentle characteristics of cool-climate wines. Proudly carrying the stamp of a Walker Bay wine of origin, all Benguela Cove wines are crafted with minimal intervention.
‘I want to make wine in which you can taste the intrinsic qualities of its makeup. Every sip should take you back to where these vines are rooted in the Walker Bay wine region.’ says winemaker, Johan Fourie.
The estate is planted with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Mouvédre, Petie Verdot, Syrah, Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon.
This Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in the early morning from the sunny northern slopes and cooler southern slopes facing the ocean, resulting in a fruit-driven fresh wine.