Ghost Corner wines are inspired by the treacherous coastal area around Cape Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of the Cape winelands known as ‘Spookdraai’ (Afrikaans for Ghost Corner). More than 130 ships were wrecked in these waters where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet and where compass readings show no deviation between magnetic and true north which made navigation just about impossible on dark and stormy nights. Local folklore claims that the ghosts of sailors who perished through the years can be seen wandering through the wild waters.
Just inland from this dramatic coastline, in the Elim ward, are the vineyards where David Nieuwoudt (of Cederberg Wines) makes the most of excellent growing conditions: deep lime-rich soil with plentiful slate and gravel deposits, cooling south-easterly breezes and average summer temperatures of 28 degrees centigrade.
The Ghost Corner series was launched in 2007 with two wines. Five years later three new wines were added to this portfolio, the Wild Ferment being one of them. Grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc were hand-harvested from 15-year-old south-facing vineyards.