BESTER is a limited range of elegantly crafted Swartland wines developed by Zakkie Bester, a well-known wine personality who, as proud Swartlander, can trace his roots back to his ancestor Andreas Bester who settled in Malmesbury in the 1700s.
These days Zakkie and his wife Sandra live in Riebeek Kasteel, with outposts in Cape Town and Malmesbury, where their children design roads and bridges, dictate fashion trends and fix people’s spelling mistakes respectively. The clan has also acquired two strapping sons-in-law and the first member of the next generation joined the party with great fanfare in 2015.
BESTER wines are made for uncomplicated enjoyment. So, do as the Besters do – pour a glass, sit back and enjoy life’s more blissful moments.
28-year-old bush vines on a slight westerly orientation with rows planted in south-easterly and north-westerly directions. The soil is mostly Swartland shale with medium potential. Supplementary irrigation was provided to ensure stress-free ripening.
The 2020 vintage was the result of a dry, yet healthy season, preceded by a much better winter than the previous two vintages. As such, the Chenin Blanc could be harvested at lower sugars for prime and optimum ripeness. Hand-picked on 20 January 2020
CELLAR TREATMENT: The grapes were whole bunch pressing at low pressure to retrieve the juice. Only 600 litres per tons was taken into fermentation. 50% of the juice was fermented at 13°C in a small stainless-steel tank by way of yeast inoculation. The other half of the juice was left to ferment naturally in 5-year-old French oak barrels without any temperature control. The wine was then left on the lees for 8 months before final blending and bottling.