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Vuurberg White, Vuurberg



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Key features

Grape VarietyMulti - Varietal

CountrySouth Africa


StyleAromatic & Zesty


RegionWestern Cape


Next door to Zorgvliet on the Helshoogte Pass that winds round the eastern face of the Simonsberg Mountain between Stellenbosch and a tiny estate by the name of Vuurberg, pronounced FEER-berg.  Just two wines , a red and a white,  are made by the über-talented Donovan Rall, who worked with Miles Mossop at Tokara and Eben Sadie before striking out on his own. These are gloriously compelling wines from a brilliant young winemaker exploring the Cape's old vines. Only very small quantities are produced but already the wines are getting rave reviews across the Cape and sit on the more interesting, less-predictable wine lists of the best contemporary Cape eateries. Donovan is very much amongst the current crop of young Cape winemakers being closely followed by the UK press.

The white is a blend of Chenin Blanc 42%, Semillon 18%, Roussanne 10%, Viognier 10%, Grenache Blanc 8% and Verdelho 2% from vineyards on the estate and from Swartland. The grapes are picked as early as possible and rushed to the cellar where depending on the varietal they are either crushed and destemmed or transferred directly into a tiny manually operated basket press to be process whole bunch. The unsettled juice now goes into French barrels (20% new) for with nothing but sulphur added at this stage. Fermentation occurs naturally without the addition of any yeasts or nutrients and usually takes between 3 to 9 months to be completed depending on the variety. The wines stays on lees in barrel with regular battonage for 11 months before blending and bottling.

Linear, clean, bright and posh, it is positively packed with rich, fresh stone fruit, white spice, green pepper/capsicum and minerality and keeps on giving with a core of stoney acidity and a relentless finish.

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