Hermanuspietersfontein wines take their name from the founder of the town of Hermanus, once a small fishing village. Their cellar and tasting room are located in Sandbaai at the beginning of Hemel-en-Aarde wine route.
The name Hermanuspietersfontein is the longest Afrikaans name for a cellar in South Africa (and in the world). Their wines are just as playfully named – all in Afrikaans. Owners, Johan and Mariette Pretorius, say: ‘while we don’t take ourselves seriously, we’re serious about making good wines’.
The grapes (except for those for their Merlot) used are from their farm – known for temperatures two degrees cooler than the rest of the Walker Bay area – in Sondagskloof, near Stanford. The first vines were planted on the farm in 1997 and their maiden vintage was produced in 2005.
Kat Met Die Hout Been (cat with the wooden leg) Sauvignon Blanc has potentially a small percentage of Semillon added, no skin contact and is fermented in first, second and third fill 500 litre French oak barrels on secondary lees, rolled monthly.