The Limietberg Exclusives is a handful of rare wines, aiming to create a wine from each site, truly revealing of the specific terroir in a manner that honours its provenance, whilst optimizing expression. Bloedklip translated means Blood Stone. Our Malbec vineyard site, nestled high up against the Limietberg foothills is a red, extremely rocky portion of earth. This low yielding vineyard produces some of the most beautiful concentrated expressions of the Malbec variety; like drawing blood from stone… The grapes for this wine are from the same vineyard as South Africa’s most awarded Malbec and in fact, a three barrel selection of new French and American oak selection 300 l barrels from our Single Vineyard Collection Malbec 2017. The wine is racked after 12 months of ageing, then blending the three barrels and put back into the same three barrels for a further 6 months. The extended period of ageing , gives time for more concentration and aroma development as well as tannin integration to take place. which results in this special bottling.
The valley in which Doolhof lies is blessed with unique and varied terroirs. The microclimates, growing conditions and soil types make it ideal for growing wine grapes. The Estate lies between Bain’s Kloof and the Groenberg Mountain Range. The result is soils that are finer, more balanced and deeper than in the surrounding countryside with clay content evenly distributed. A combination of Malmesbury shale, homogenic Glenrosa and Clovelly soils ensure that the roots are able to descend to four metres or beyond. While Doolhof has more than adequate irrigation, natural water retention is also very good, without any sign of permanent dampness. While the shape and exposure (topography) of the various parts of the Doolhof Estate allow for several distinct microclimates, generally, Doolhof experiences cooler winters and moderate summers compared with the Wellington norm.
Roughly 40 of the farm’s 380 hectares are planted to vine. Soils, growing conditions and microclimates vary considerably across this large expanse (which reaches up into Bain’s Kloof), and each grape varietal is faithfully wedded to its ideal terroir. Two white varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, are grown, with a substantial number of reds. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. The white varietals are planted on the eastern slopes of the Groenberg, which allow the grapes cooler days and less direct sunlight. The late sunrise and early sunset also allow for a longer ripening process, enhancing the elegance of the award winning wines.