Wines & Varieties
At Cederberg Private Cellar, red wine production constitutes 60% of overall production, and white wine 40%. At present there are 53 ha under vine. For white vine varieties the focus is on Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Bukettraube, for red wine varieties, on Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Other cultivars on the farm include Chardonnay (for our MCC Blanc de Blancs Brut), Viognier (as a blending component) and Merlot (for the Merlot Shiraz blend).
Sauvignon Blanc 2016
An aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with grassy notes, white asparag... Read More
Chenin Blanc 2016
The Cederberg style Chenin Blanc offers beautiful layers of ... Read More
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
High altitude cabernet vineyards that have a longer ripening... Read More
Merlot Shiraz 2015
A fantastic blend of 69% merlot and 31% shiraz. Sweet plums ... Read More
Sustainable Rosé 2016
The Cederberg Rosé, made of single vineyard Shiraz on sands... Read More
Blanc de Blancs Méthode Cap Classique 2012
"Strings of dainty pearls in liquid gold". Made in the tra... Read More
Chenin Blanc 2014
Nine selected barrels were used to produce 360 cases. Delic... Read More
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
A premium wine in the Cederberg range, only 3 400 bottles pr... Read More
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Teen die Hoog Shiraz 2014
'Teen die Hoog' Shiraz vineyards located more than 1000m abo... Read More
Sauvignon Blanc 2016
A unique Sauvignon blanc that cannot be compared to any othe... Read More
Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Naturally fermented sauvignon blanc. Enticing aromas of fles... Read More
Pinot Noir 2015
A beautifully crafted Pinot noir with prominent red fruit of... Read More
Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Crafted from premium selected vineyard parcels in the Valley... Read More
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Crafted from a premium selected vineyard parcel in the Valle... Read More
WHITE WINE VARIETIES
BUKETTRAUBE FROM CEDERBERG
10,91 ha in 3 blocks. Oldest plantings: 1994 in Glenrosa. Youngest plantings: 2014 in Glenrosa. First vintage: 1979. International origin: It is generally accepted that Bukettraube was cultivated in Alsace, Germany in the 19th century. For interesting views on the origin of this variety, see the FAQ box.
CHARDONNAY FROM CEDERBERG
1,5 ha in 1 block. Oldest plantings: 1997 in Glenrosa. Youngest plantings: None. International origin: Burgundy, eastern France. Modern DNA fingerprinting research suggests that Chardonnay is a cross between the French Pinot noir and Gouais blanc – a variety brought from the Balkans by the Romans. It is believed that this variety was selected for propagation because of the hybrid vigour it showed.
CHENIN BLANC FROM CEDERBERG
6,4 ha in 2 blocks. Oldest plantings: 2004 in sandstone. Youngest plantings: 2008 in Glenrosa. First vintage: 1974. International origin: One of the older cultivars believed to originate in the Anjou wine region in western France in the 9th century. From Anjou it travelled to the Loire Valley where the first planting was recorded in 1445, at a place known as Mont Chenin.
SAUVIGNON BLANC FROM CEDERBERG
11 ha in 6 blocks. Oldest plantings: 2000 in grey slate. Youngest plantings: 2006 in red slate and sandstone. First vintage: 1984. International origin: An early-ripening variety that originated in the western Loire Valley and the Bordeaux region. It was recorded as early as the 17th century.
SAUVIGNON BLANC FROM ELIM
3 ha in 1 block. Oldest plantings: 2001 in Bokkeveld slate. Youngest plantings: 2006 in red slate and sandstone. First vintage: 2008.
SÉMILLON FROM ELIM
3 ha in 1 block. Oldest plantings: 2002 in Bokkeveld slate. Youngest plantings: 2006 in red slate and sandstone. First vintage: 2008. International origin: Bordeaux in south-western France. It is still recognised as the most important white wine variety in the Bordeaux region.
VIOGNIER FROM CEDERBERG
1 ha in 1 block. Youngest plantings: 2006 in red slate. First vintage: In 2009 for an experimental wine. International origin: Viognier is believed to have originated in Dalmatia in modern-day Croatia. Only later, in 281 AD, was it brought to the Rhône Valley in France by the Romans. It is believed that the Romans called the wine ‘via Genhennae’, meaning ‘the road to hell’, referring to the difficulty of cultivating the grape.
RED WINE VARIETIES
CABERNET SAUVIGNON FROM CEDERBERG
7,5 ha in 3 blocks. Oldest plantings: 1998 in red slate and Hutton; the 1972 vines were removed in 2007. Youngest plantings: 2002 in red slate and Hutton. First vintage: 1977. International origin: A cultivar that developed from a chance crossing between Sauvignon blanc and Cabernet franc during the 17th century in the Médoc region in Bordeaux, France.
MERLOT FROM CEDERBERG
3,1 ha in 2 blocks. Oldest plantings: 1995 in Sandy loam/alluvial soils. Youngest plantings: 2000 in red slate and Hutton. First vintage: 1989. International origin: Recorded for the first time in 1784 in Bordeaux where it originated from a Cabernet franc vine. It is named after a black bird, ‘merle’. Either the bird loved the grape, or it refers to the colour of the bird’s feathers.
PINOTAGE FROM CEDERBERG
Pinotage removed after harvest of 2010. Oldest plantings: 1994 in slate and sandstone. First vintage: 1973. International origin: This is one of three locally cultivated grape varieties, its parents being Pinot noir and Cinsaut noir (Hermitage). In 1925 Prof Izak Perold planted the four seeds produced by the initial cross in the garden of his residence. Two years later the four seedlings were rescued from the spades of a garden-cleaning team and established in the nursery at Elsenburg Agricultural College by Prof CJ Theron.
SHIRAZ FROM CEDERBERG
13 ha in 5 blocks. Oldest plantings: 1999 in red slate and Hutton. Youngest plantings: 2004 in red slate and Hutton. First vintage: 2001 International origin: Shiraz is one of the world’s oldest varieties with two obscure ‘parents’, namely Dureza and Mondease blanche. It is known as Syrah in France.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF BUKETTRAUBE?
Over the years Cederberg Private Cellar has collected bits of information from colleagues and internet sites about the origin of Bukettraube.
Websites are often misleading when it comes to Bukettraube. Information is frequently downloaded from Wikipedia, which only in 2010 placed information on this variety. To this day, the Wikipedia entry remains sparse, to say the least. So, with the assistance of Anna Schneider (Italy) and Thiery Lacombe (INRA, France), among others, we compiled the latest facts on this cultivar. However, we would like to hear from colleagues and farmers anywhere in the world who can tell us more about Bukettraube.
The Bukettraube seedling was selected by winegrower Sebastian Englerth (1804–1880), one of the first and leading wine pioneers in Germany. This happened in 1864 in the Randersacker municipality in the Lower Franconia district near the town of Würzburg. Franconia is a wine region in the northern parts of the modern state of Bavaria, Germany.
Englerth was a founding member of the important Deutscher Weinbauverband (German Wine Growers Association) in 1874 and also founded the first wine school in Germany.
It is said that Bukettraube is the oldest new variety in the world and the name has many synonyms: Bukettrebe, Buket, Bouquettraube, Bocksbeutel (which mostly refers to a flat bottle shape), Bouquet blanc (Portuguese), Buketriesling and Würzburger (after the town of Würzberg).
Bukettraube is a cross between Sylvaner B and Frankenthaler. This is what Thierry Lacombe (INRA, France) wrote to us in August 2010: ‘In 2007, our lab (INRA Montpellier) discovered the true parents of this cultivar: it is a cross between Sylvaner and Frankenthal (= Trollinger = Schiava grossa). The cross was done in Germany in the 19th century.’
The variety ‘left’ Germany in the 1930s. It is registered as a cultivar in Germany, France, Spain (Penedes) and South Africa, but rumour has it that Italy, Hungary and Zimbabwe had also planted the cultivar in the past. In 1853 Bukettraube was planted in Zell. During 1958, 10 ha of Bukettraube could still be found in France.
A few years ago a visiting Dutch viticulturist was fascinated by the rare cultivar he tasted at Cederberg Private Cellar and the limited information that was available. He contacted his friend, Martin Steinmann, to find out more. Steinmann is the winemaker and owner of Weingut Schloss Sommerhausen in the Randersacker municipality, where Bukettraube originated. He discovered some vines only 8 km from their winery. Determined to revive the cultivar, Steinmann managed to get the buds for grafting from the national research institute and planted 1 100 vines in 2012. In October 2014 David Nieuwoudt was invited to the first harvest of Bukettraube at Weingut Schloss Sommerhausen. The Cederberg Bukettraube 2013 was dedicated to bringing Bukettraube back to Germany after at least 75 years.
The skin of the grape is a little bit thinner, therefore it is more sensitive to Oidium. In Europe, the dates of budburst and maturity are quite similar to those of Riesling (Rhein Riesling). Bunches are sensitive to Botrytis cinerea. It matures relatively early with good sugar and acid levels, making it a prized component for the aromatic note it can bring to blends. It also makes well-balanced medium-dry varietals.
Today only a few farms still make Bukettraube in South Africa. During 1999 SAWIS reported 332 ha in South Africa, but by 2009 only 76 ha were left. Cederberg Private Cellar’s 10,91 ha produces a semi-sweet wine with exotic and very delicate floral and fruit-salad aromas, with hints of honey, dried peaches and ripe muscat. The wine is a great partner for curries, spiced poultry and blue cheese, or can be enjoyed chilled on its own.
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