Nestled in the Citrusdal Mountains, some 50 kilometers north of Swartland, is the magnificent Piekenierskloof plateau, which provides the perfect natural environment for vineyards to thrive. At 750 meters above sea level, the plateau’s climate is characterised by hot (warm) days and cool nights, which allow grapes to slowly ripen and
develop complex fruit flavours. Ungrafted bush vines planted in the 1950’s are still used in the production of Piekenierskloof Wine Company’s range of Fairtrade wines.
The Tannat is vinified from a single bush vine vineyard on a north facing slope on the farm Heidedal. The national grape of Uruguy, Tannat’s second home after Madiran in Southwest France, is famous for its intense blueberry flavour, similar to that of Cabernet Sauvignon. It ripens earlier though and is much more drought resistant, making it a good contender for the name ‘Piekenierskloof’s little Cabernet’.