The promise of Rainbow’s End is in its fertility and climate. Situated on high-lying slopes, rising to 540m above sea level, the estate backs on to the Jonkershoek Mountain and overlooks the prized and productive Banghoek basin, which is encircled by mountains.
Experts have affirmed the potential of the land to produce wines that can compete internationally. Promise implies the commitment and care to make it all come true. Working with the soil, the rain and the sunshine, Jacques and his family planted and nurtured 22 hectares of vineyards. The order of the trellised rows of vines takes its cue from the lie of the land and the picture is of patterns of green in harmony with the slopes and curves of the landscape.
Neil Pendock rates our Merlot as one of the best in the country. Their 2010 vintage was selected as one of only 3 SA Merlot’s to be served by SAA. SA climate is not conducive to producing good Merlot, it is too warm. Rainbow’s End with its high-lying slopes has lower temperatures on average, correcting the problem. Merlot is planted 550m above sea level on our highest slopes. This is a fruit driven Merlot with plums and mulberry on the nose, low alcohol levels, smooth and well integrated palate, with none of the greenness that South African Merlot’s tend to be known for. We go through great lengths to produce a well structured and concentrated Merlot.