Natural wines with distinctive character made in the traditional way
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. We are proud of the fact that there is no more than on average 500 meters from vine to wine.
These methods give our wines unique and distinctive character although they are unaggressive even when young, but develop well with cellaring.
Read more on our natural wine making methods on this blog post.
- grapes grow on bush vines
- no herbicides or pesticides are used
- no irrigation used
- small yields are therefore produced
- with concentrated flavours
- natural fermentation (no added yeasts)
- minimal handling
- minimal sulphur
- very light pressing
- no fining (VEGAN)
- no filtration
With such principles of production we have become 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. Read more about SIP here.
What they share most of all, these producers, is a wish to make wines that are a true expression of their origin - of the broad landscape of the Swartland.
CAPELLA 2017 (Unwooded Chenin Blanc) Limited Edition
Capella is the brightest star in the constellation of Auriga, the sixth-brightest in the night sky.
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 12.5%.
CYGNUS 2015 (Wooded Chenin Blanc) Limited Edition
Cygnus, deriving its name from the Greek word for 'swan' is a northern constellation on the plane of the Milky Way.
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.
GALAXY 2016 (Wooded blend Chenin Blanc/Viognier)
A galaxy, such as our Milky Way, is a gravitationally bound system of stars, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter.
This blend has a golden yellow colour with orange blossom and white peach on the nose. Stone fruit and nut in the mouth with a long aftertaste. Good acidity and minerality. It has intense flavour despite the low alcohol.
ORION 2017 (Wooded Chardonnay)
Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world.
This is a lightly wooded Chardonnay with citrus on the nose and a citrus follow through in the mouth. Muted toast and butter underpins natural Chardonnay fruit. This is a notably fresh wine where the fruit dominates over oak, and is perfect for spring and summer drinking. Alcohol 12.0%.
RIGEL 2017 (Straw Wine) Reserved
Rigel is a blue supergiant and the brightest star in the constellation Orion. (The Hunter).
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 14.0%.
* 375ml bottle
SUPERNOVA 2015 (Methode Ancestrale) Reserved
A supernova is a titanic explosion that occurs during the last stage of the life of a massive star.
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. 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%
DARK STAR 2011 Limited Edition
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 12.0%
JACK’S RED 2016
This wine is named for Johan ’s father Jack Simons
Our Cape blend of Pinotage, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Beautifully textured and balanced wine. Low alcohol 11.8%
SHIRAZ 2015 Limited Edition
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%
AQUILA 2016 **** Very Limited Edition
Aquila, the Latin name for 'eagle', is a constellation on the celestial equator.
This is a super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Its aroma and taste is of Cranberry and Cherry, underpinned by blackcurrant and green beans. Alcohol 13.0%
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 (Wooded) Limited Edition
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%
SANGIOVESE 2015 Limited Edition
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%
MOURVEDRE 2015 Limited Edition
Single cultivar Mourvedres are rare. This is a Mourvedre from a great year and has lots of spice on top of dense wild fruit. Prominent acids leave the palate clean and refreshed with a long peppery finish. This wine is best decanted for a few hours to allow flavours to develop, as it is still youthful. Alcohol 14%
PINOTAGE 2016 (Wooded)
Dragonridge Pinotages have a common core of red fruit and coffee. The red fruit from very high fermentation temperatures and the coffee as a natural result of vines grown on granite. This 2016 is a lightly textured Pinotage where the dominant red fruit is underpinned by light oak, coffee and cherry flavours. It is just a delicious wine with a long aftertaste in spite of the very low alcohol. Alcohol 10.8%