We have three ranges making up our wine portfolio, collectively showcasing what our unique terroir is capable of when farmed sustainably and matched with exacting winemaking. The Gabriëlskloof Range wines focus on the estate vineyards and are accessible on release, the Landscape Series showcases our top vineyard sites along with some of South Africa’s best old vines while the Projects Range allows us space to experiment with alternative fermentation and ageing methods.
Gabriëlskloof sits on a rise in the Botrivier valley between two mountain ranges; the Houwhoek range to the North and the Babylonstoren range to the South. The farm is 15km from the Atlantic ocean at Hawston as the crow flies, and the vineyards benefit from cooling maritime breezes.
In total, 12 grape varieties are planted on the property on a variety of soils. From the highest lying and windiest blocks around the winery itself where we grow the Sauvignon Blanc to the rocky, lowest-yielding vines on the north-facing slope that provide our Syrah on sandstone, special care has been given to the aptitude of each block for each respective cultivar.
The farm is home to hundreds of varieties of indigenous Cape fynbos and a host of local animal life, including a troop of Cape baboons, a multitude of birds and the occasional mountain leopard
"We are very fortunate to have two distinct soil types at the farm, Bokkeveld shale and sandstone, which combine to produce greater complexity in our wines. This is an extreme site, with generally rocky soils and subject to stiff winds most of the year. The stress the vines are constantly under as a result means lower yields and a concentration of flavour in the grapes.”