That Wine Demesne

100% Pinot Noir – Single vineyard wine.

Lustrous garnet red in colour, with primary aromas of black cherry, strawberry and pine, with hints of truffle and pine needles. Gentle aging in French Oak barrels gives complex, delicate structure. Long in the mouth. Moderate tannins, good acid spikes.

Goes perfectly with good food, good company, a good book and a good walk with the dogs … of course.

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That Wine Demesne

100% Pinot Noir – Single vineyard wine

Lustrous garnet red in colour, with primary aromas of black cherry, strawberry and pine, with hints of truffle and pine needles. Gentle aging in French Oak barrels gives complex, delicate structure. Long in the mouth. Moderate tannins, good acid spikes.

Goes perfectly with good food, good company, a good book and a good walk with the dogs … of course.

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About That Wine

Demesne:   (n)/di’mein, di’mi:n –  The Lord’s waste.  A piece of land attached to the manor and retained by the owner (the Lord) for their own use.

That Wine comes from one of the smaller estates in the country. On a little plot of land in The Crags just outside Plettenberg Bay, a total of 5708 vines have been planted on 1.5 hectares. The total production of the vintage for 2018 is 2930 bottles, with both the 2016 and 2017 vintages being sold-out. Your bottle is from the third harvest, so the vines are still young with the stems are thickening well, and the new block is growing apace.
Pinot Noir is the hardest grape to grow but also the most rewarding. Close to the sea and with cooler temperatures than those in the Western Cape, The Crags is an area that can produce superb Pinot Noir.

About The Butlers

David has always had a penchant for gardening, he loves trees, and things grow for him. We also both like wine – especially that evening glass after a long day’s work! So one day while we were wandering around our little Demesne, with a glass of excellent vintage and the dogs, he looked across at Bramon Wine Estate and said “what about we do a small field?”  So we nipped across to Peter & Caroline Thorpe who started the whole wine industry in this area, had dinner and planned our wine future on a paper table mat and that pretty much sealed it. So easy, that small white piece of paper …

 

Once Upon A Vineyard tells the story in more detail

About the Vineyard

We now boast a total of 5708 Pinot noir vines.  There has been a lot of growth in these first seasons, both for us and the vines. The vines came through it a lot easier than we did. It is addictive, this growing of vines for the making of wines.

So addictive, we decided  to create another area: That Field Too is growing a storm  – 1500 bustling Pinot noir vines which produced a glorious wine for the 2018 vintage. And, just to add a little lustre, we planted 600 vines in That Other Field in 2016 and 2018 a further 2200 vines have been planted on That’s Definitely The Last Field!

With the total area being 1.5ha there is a lot of work to be done. The vines and the farm need constant attention and this success is due in no small part to our two Men-on-the-Ground, Mkhuseli Simon Gaba and Mzwabantu Maboeta Smoki, who is pictured here with William Baskerville at this year’s harvest.

About Growing and Producing Wine in the Area

Traditionally, Pinot noir grapes are grown in the mostly cooler climates around the world, which makes the climate of Plettenberg Bay seem ideal for this grape.

Terroir is that complex combination of factors in a vineyard (the grape varietal, the geology, hydrology, physiography & climate) which gives each region, each parcel of land its uniqueness.

Our vineyard is in an area called The Crags, about twenty kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay. As the name suggests, the area is mountainous and the vines are planted on the edge of a deep gorge.  Fresh sea breezes funnel up the gorge ensuring that temperatures are seldom higher than the low-to-mid-twenties and we (and the vines) are spared the intense heat of the Western Cape winelands.

The terroir (or soil if you like) is well-suited for wine production: a fairly thin layer of topsoil over koffieklip and then clay (a profile quite similar to parts of the Hemel and Aarde valley).

About That Wine

Demesne:   (n)/di’mein, di’mi:n –  The Lord’s waste.  A piece of land attached to the manor and retained by the owner (the Lord) for their own use.

That Wine comes from one of the smaller estates in the country. On a little plot of land in The Crags just outside Plettenberg Bay, a total of 5708 vines have been planted on 1.5 hectares. The total production of the vintage for 2018 is 2930 bottles, with both the 2016 and 2017 vintages being sold-out. Your bottle is from the third harvest, so the vines are still young with the stems thickening well, and the new block growing apace.

Pinot Noir is the hardest grape to grow but also the most rewarding. It has been called the “heartbreak grape” because, as a very thin-skinned varietal it is prone to every pest and fungus that bedevils viticulturists around the world. In South Africa the best Pinots come from the Hemel and Aarde Valley, but with climate change you can expect to find new areas opening up. The Crags is one such area. Close to the sea and with cooler temperatures than those in the Western Cape, this is an area that can produce superb Pinot Noir.

We hope you enjoy the wine’s excellent structure.

About The Butlers

David has always had a penchant for gardening, he loves trees, and things grow for him. We also both like wine – especially that evening glass after a long day’s work! So one day while we were wandering around our little Demesne, with a glass of excellent vintage and the dogs, he looked across at Bramon Wine Estate and said “what about we do a small field?”  So we nipped across to Peter & Caroline Thorpe who started the whole wine industry in this area, had dinner and planned our wine future on a paper table mat and that pretty much sealed it. So easy, that small white piece of paper …

About the Vineyard

We now boast a total of 5708 Pinot noir vines.  There has been a lot of growth in these first seasons, both for us and the vines. The vines came through it a lot easier than we did. It is addictive, this growing of vines for the making of wines. So addictive, we decided  to create another area: That Field Too is growing a storm  – 1500 bustling Pinot noir vines which produced a glorious wine for the 2018 vintage. And, just to add a little lustre, we planted 600 vines in That Other Field in 2016 and 2018 a further 2200 vines have been planted on That’s Definitely The Last Field! In total we now have 1.5 hectares of Pinot noir vines.  All very exciting.

About Growing and Producing Wine in the Area

The climate of Plettenberg Bay seems to be ideal for Pinot Noir. The vineyard is in an area called The Crags, about twenty kilometres east of Plett. As the name suggests, the area is mountainous and the vines are planted on the edge of a deep gorge.  Fresh sea breezes funnel up the gorge ensuring that temperatures are seldom higher than the low-to-mid twenties and we (and the vines) are spared the intense heat of the Western Cape winelands. The soil is well-suited as for wine production: a fairly thin layer of topsoil over koffieklip and then clay (a profile quite similar to parts of the Hemel and Aarde valley).

Paying It Forward

We are delighted that That Wine was chosen by the FRIENDS OF KURLAND FOUNDATION to represent the value a small local venture has in long-term support in a poor area: permanent, full-time employment in a learning environment.

This Dutch foundation is run by Marc Schoon at Madiba Travel and Pieter van Rensburg, a local Plettenberg Bay resident.  Through this foundation, funds are raised to run various projects in Kurland Village.

Its aims are ambitious, but simple: uplifting the community, in particular the youth, by developing and improving the welfare of the community.

For further details contact Marc at: marc@madibatravel.nl

Website: www.madibatravel.nl

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Where To Find That Wine


Bramon Wine Estate

Right next door – so a lovely stroll across to lunch, tappas-style, in the vineyards or nip up to the tasting centre if you find you might not have wine for your evening meal ~ Eek!

www.bramonwines.com

You can also book online – always a good idea.


Fynboshoek Cheese Farm

Situated in the Tsitsikamma, 45 mins from Plettenberg Bay. Superbly delicious lunches with Alje’s internationally renowned cheeses, hand crafted breads and homegrown salads.

+27 (0)72 342 0445

www.fynboshoek.co.za

Bookings only – it’s a treat!


The Table Restaurant

Right in the middle of Plettenberg Bay – this is the vibrant, year-round social hub of the town – lunches & dinners – delicious fare, good value!

+ 27 (0)44 533 3024

www.thetable.co.za 


Beacon Island Kwik Spar

Beacon Isle Crecscent – shop at Tops, where all the local wines are sold and more

Telephone: +27(0)445331555


The Peppermill Restaurant

At the Mill Mohair Centre on the road to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden in The Crags: delicious food – mainly lunchtime fare, but during the summer months and school holidays a lovely early evening dinner venue.

Web: http://peppermillcafe.yolasite.com

Telephone: +27(0) 71 324 4454


Thyme & Again Farmstall

Perennially popular – situated on the N2 at the turnoff to Keurbooms Strand. It really does have something for everyone!

Web: http://www.thyme-and-again.co.za

Telephone: +27(0) 44 535 9432