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Dragonridge Wines of Fynbos Estate

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Dragonridge wines are grown and made on Fynbos Estate, about an hour's drive north of Cape Town in the Paardeberg, near Malmesbury. The area is part of the Swartland Region, which has gained an international reputation as an unique and exciting terrior, where some of the most remarkable wines in the country are being produced.

Fynbos Estate is offers a variety of guest accommodation, making it ideal for workshops, retreats, conferences and celebrations, or a special place to escape to for weekend getaways. It has also become a popular wedding and function venue.

Visist the website for more information at  www.fynbosestate.co.za


Dragonridge goes Supernova!

Dragonridge Supernova

With a fizz and a whizz and a bang Dragonridge launched its first bubbly called SUPERNOVA at the first wedding of the summer season. This was alongside CAPELLA which besides being a faraway star, is our newly bottled unwoooded Chenin.

SUPERNOVA: METHODE ANCESTRALE

This method is exactly as it is named – an ancestral way of making `champagne’ which existed in France 200 years ago. Apropos this history, Charlie Grosman a young French champagne maker happened to volunteer here while we were making SUPERNOVA. `Encroyable!’ he exclaimed, waving his hands in great perplexity `What for you making such methode? We have come far ago from this 200 years’


WHAT IS METHODE, ANCESTRALE?

MA is neither a SPARKLING WINE nor a CAP CLASSIQUE (MCC). The first is a carbonated wine while the second involves making a base wine to which sugar and yeast are added. This provokes a second fermentation in bottle producing bubbles and extra alcohol. The process can be controlled by how much sugar and yeast are added.

Methode Ancestrale, unlike MCC adds nothing to the fermentation in the bottle using only its own sugars and wild yeasts. This makes the process more difficult to control as evidenced by the explosion in our cellar which lost us 10% of our bubbly.

For both MCC and MA the next steps in the process, called riddling and disgorgement, are quite ingenious. After fermentation has ended the bottles are set on the slant and rotated over a period of weeks. The sediment of resultant dead yeast ends up in the neck of the bottle which is then frozen. Now the cap is removed and the sediment explodes out of the bottle. The bottles are topped up and corked. These last processes are done professionally off the farm (yes to minimize explosions).

Despite the fact that this method makes bubbly expensive to make, it fulfils Johan’s winemaking ethos of minimal interference and his joy in producing a wine which expresses a particular time and a place.

He is already plotting to increase the quantity twofold over the next years so that he can leave the bottles `on the lees’ (sediment) for as much as three years - which he says will add flavour and depth.

This year we made 660 bottles of Supernova.

 

 


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Our wines are handcrafted primarily from Mediterranean cultivars grown on Fynbos Estate, deep in the Joubertskloof in the Paardeberg. Like the dragon-shaped mountain for which they are named, our wines are made to have potency and longevity, as well as the 'magical' qualities that distinguish the finest wines. Our philosophy is simple: make wines that express the unique conditions of the farm using the methods of the early nineteen hundreds - natural fermentation, minimal handling, minimal sulphur, very light pressing and no filtration.

We fine our wines with eggwhite (reds) and skimmed milk (whites and pink).
This means unirrigated vineyards are pruned and suckered to produce small yields of grapes with concentrated flavours at a low pH. Our wines are unaggressive even when young, but develop well with cellaring.

These principles of production have made us part of SIP ( Swartland Independent Producers) which is a group of wine makers producing wine in this kind of way. SIP has received quite a lot of international publicity, particularly for the Swartland Revolution which is a tasting and lecture weekend held in November each year.

NATURAL WINES NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER ARE:

 


PINOTAGE 2015 (wooded)
This Pinotage is definitely no shrinking violet. In the glass, our Pinotage is a deep vermillion and has a nose packed with red berries. This carries through onto the palate with an early taste of ripe berries followed by the warm chocolate/coffee flavours that we associate with Pinotage made on the granite slopes of the Paardeberg. Alcohol 15%

R165


CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
(wooded)
In the glass, this Cabernet is a deep, dark plum colour and has strong aromas of black fruit, coffee and chocolate. On the palate, there are the traditional cassis flavours which are pleasingly sweet thanks to the high alcohol levels. These are underpinned by a gentle green bean like herbaceousness with a long, tantalising chocolate finish. Alcohol 15.4%

R165


SANGIOVESE 2015
This is a remarkably traditional and delicious Sangiovese. In the glass, it is noticeably lighter coloured than our other reds and has tantalising aromas of sour cherries and cranberry. On the palate, it is reasonably light bodied with a tight seam of acidity that underpins the characteristic tart red fruit flavours. The finish is gloriously mouth-watering. This is a wine that cries out for grilled duck breast. Alcohol 13.5%

R165


MOURVEDRE 2015
This is a typical Mourvedre with lots of spice sitting on top of dense slightly wild fruit. Prominent acids leave the palate clean and refreshed with a long peppery finish. Alcohol is 14%

R165


SHIRAZ 2015
In the glass, this shiraz is a dark, brooding purple. It is an exceedingly aromatic wine with traditional Shiraz aromas of spicy leather and red fruit while the Viognier skins add hints of peach and a floral dimension. Despite its dark colour, this is actually quite a perfumed, feminine Shiraz, full of plum and berry flavours. This is kept well in check by delightfully soft tannins that hold both your interest and the flavour, allowing for an extremely long finish. Alcohol 14.5%

R165

 

DARK STAR 2011
A blend of equal quantities of Mourvedre, Pinotage, Shiraz and Sangiovese. Dark, rich and smooth with slight smokiness this wine has good acidity and soft tannins with prominent dark cherry. Alcohol 12%

R195


CAPELLA 2015 (Unwooded Chenin Blanc)
A full-bodied Paardeberg Chenin with strong aromas of tropical fruits and dominant flavours of apple and pear. It is intensely structured and extended skin contact not only allows for these powerful fruit flavours but also gives the Capella an effective tannic structure which enables the wine to hold its own against most types of foods. Alcohol 14%.

R90


CYGNUS 2015 (Wooded Chenin Blanc)
In the glass, Cygnus is a golden yellow with ripe peach and apricot aromas. On the palate, it is dominated by tropical fruits such as bananas, guavas and pineapples. The pleasing fruitiness of the wine is countered by a seam of characteristic Swartland acidity and minerality which results from receiving 5 days of skin maceration’ This is an unusual wine.14% alc.

R105

 

RIGEL 2015 (Straw Wine)
This is a complex sweet wine which does not finish sweet in the mouth owing to the overall acidity. It develops wonderfully in the glass to reveal autumn fruit on the nose and summer fruits in the mouth. Alcohol 14%.

R165 half bottle


SUPERNOVA 2014 (Methode Ancestrale)
This bubbly is made in the ancestral French way, which unlike MCC, adds nothing to the fermentation in the bottle, using only its own sugars and wild yeasts. It has a delicate pink hue due to the inclusion of pinotage, which also brings a great deal of red fruit to the wine with the nose and palate showing lots of delicious strawberry and raspberry flavours. This is balanced by the crisp apple acidity of the Chenin Blanc and is rounded off by a delicate but long lasting mousse. Alcohol 12.5%

R195

 

 

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Wine can be ordered directly from the farm; we can deliver anywhere in the Western Cape, Johannesburg and Durban.
Free delivery in the CT area for 6 or more bottles.
Price reductions available on unmixed cases of 6 bottles on all wines except SUPERNOVA.Contact Us with your enquiries and orders.

Our wine is also available at The Wine Kollective in Riebeek Kasteel and can be ordered online on their website: www.thewinekollective.co.za

 

 

 

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