Nederburg’s story started in 1791 when German immigrant Philippus Wolvaart acquired 49 hectares of land in the Paarl Valley. He named his property Nederburgh, in honour of the VOC commissioner, Sebastiaan Cornelis Nederburgh. Later, the ‘h’ was dropped from the spelling of the farm’s name and it became Nederburg as it is known today. The beautiful thatched and gabled Cape Dutch manor house that Wolvaart completed in 1800 is a national monument today.
A culmination of two centuries of heritage, tradition and skill, the premium single-varietal wines in the Nederburg Two Centuries range are handcrafted from grapes sourced from the best vines within the top-performing vineyards. These site-specific wines effectively express the estate’s terroir and are only released in exceptional vintages.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this 2010 vintage were sourced from unirrigated vineyards in the Simonsberg ward of the Paarl area. The vines, around 31 years old, are situated at altitudes of 300 m to 400 m above sea level. Individual vines within identified vineyards were chosen to provide fruit that stands out for its exceptional concentration and depth of aromas and flavours as well as its fine balance of fruit, acid and sugar.
The grapes were harvested by hand at 24° Balling during February and March. They were crushed and cool-fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 24° to 28° C for a period of 10days. Post-fermentation skin contact lasting a month followed. The wine was matured in new Radoux barrels for 30 months.