Max 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon

Area: Stellenbosch, in the Bottelary hills
Altitude: 200 metres above sea level
Aspect: North-west
Row Direction: North-south
Year Planted: 1988
Soil Type: 75% Glenrosa (shale origin with bedrock fragments in the soil), 25% Pinedene (various origins with a fine texture, sandy loam upper soil and clay loam subsoil)
Training: 5-wire vertical trellis
Pruning: Spur pruned
Irrigation: None
Plant Density: 3472 vines per hectare (1.2m X 2.4m spacing)
Cropping: 4 tons/ha or 25 hl/ha

Petit Verdot

Area: Stellenbosch, in the Bottelary Area
Altitude: 200 metres above sea level
Aspect: West over to an easterly aspect
Row Direction: East-west
Year Planted: 1999
Soil Type: Glenrosa from a granitic origin with a high fraction of coffee stone gravel in the upper soil.
Training: 5 wire-vertical trellis
Pruning: Spur pruned
Irrigation: Supplemental overhead irrigation (once per growing season)
Plant Density: 3472 vines per hectare (1.2m X 2.4m spacing)
Cropping: 8 tons/ha or 52 hl/ha

Merlot

Area: Stellenbosch, in the Bottelary Hills
Altitude: 220 metres above sea level
Aspect: West facing
Row direction: North-South
Year Planted: 1999
Soil Type: Medium potential clay loam Tukulu soil
Training: 6-wire vertical trellis (double Perold)
Pruning: Spur pruned
Irrigation: Supplemental drip irrigation
Plant Density: 5000 vines per hectare (1m X 2m spacing)
Cropping: Average 6 to 8 tons/ha or 40 to 54 hl/ha