The Breedekloof valley is between the Atlantic Ocean and the Klein Karoo semi-desert region, bordered by two mountain ranges. This positioning allows for a unique combination of coastal and continental climates. The diverse range of soils found there help shape the character of this terroir. It contains a variety of rocky mountain soils, heavy black turfy soils closer to the riverbed and deep alluvial sandy soils that dry out easily after heavy rainfall. The valley receives an annual winter rainfall of about 700mm, which classifies it as a high rainfall area. The diversity of climate and soil makes this valley a treasure trove of winemaking possibilities. Daschbosch is part of uniWines, the largest wine business in Breedekloof group that farms some 3 000 hectares of vineyard.
The Daschbosch Hanepoot is made from 100% Muscat D’Alexandrie grapes grown on the farm, Gevonden. The Du Preez family bought Gevonden in the 1700’s from the Van Der Poel family. It later belonged to the De Wet family and is still owned by the Boonzaaier family: sixth generation farmers and direct descendents of the De Wet family. Some of the first Hanepoot grapes were planted there as early as 1880. But the Daschbosch Hanepoot is made from old bush vines that were planted in 1900.
Grapes for this wine were picked at 28 Balling and fermented on the skins for 24 hours. Grapes were pressed and fortified with wine spiritus. Aged in old barrels for 12 months.