Since the first vintage was bottled in 1984, Kaapzicht (Cape view – named for its view of Table Mountain) has become highly respected for its quality range of wines and good value for money and has earned a multitude of local and international awards. The Steytler Family has farmed this land since 1946 and runs their 190 hectare estate hands-on. The estate in the Bottelary Hills in the Stellenbosch district celebrated its 70th anniversary as a family farm in 2016.
Planted in 1982 the old bush vines block now never yields more than four tons per hectare. Unirrigated and planted in weathered granite topsoil and crumbly clay sub-soil it’s called ‘kliprug’ (stone back) by the labourers because it is so very rocky. Grapes are picked by hand and then whole bunch pressed without the use of sulphur. The juice is left one day to settle before racking it to barrels and leaving it to naturally ferment until dry. The wine is stirred once a month and kept in the 300/400 and 500 litre barrels for almost a year before sulphuring up and bottling it.