Winery Details

About the Winery

Driven by a deep passion for premium quality wines and the spirit of discovery, Strandveld Vineyards stands proudly as the southernmost winery in Africa. Unique in every sense of the word, our wines reflect their wild origins of diverse terroir and a maritime climate through remarkable complexity and singularity.

Nestled between Elim and Cape Agulhas, and just 9km from the sea, lies the secluded Strandveld Vineyards. This wind-swept winery derives its name from the belt of land which spans the tempestuous tip of Africa’s southernmost coastline. At almost 35 degrees below the equator, this part of our fair Cape is characterised by severe winds, billowing mist and below average temperatures. A unique combination of maritime climate, alternating sites and diverse soil types work together to create the terroir which distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards.

It was in 1488 that Bartholomeu Diaz and his team of Portuguese sailors first laid eyes on this corner of the continent. Centuries later similarly intrepid explorers, in their infinite wisdom, realised the potential such a richness of environment could produce. Inspired by these individuals, it was in 2001 that a group of enthusiastic wine lovers turned to the original navigation maps to seek out potential new vineyard sites equally undeterred by the fierce storms and blustering gales that now give rise to the characteristic grapes and consequentially distinctive Strandveld Vineyards wines.

Strandveld The Navigator

About the wine

Our range of unique Strandveld Vineyards wines are produced in limited quantities from only the finest grapes carefully selected from quality vineyards – each expressive of the terroir with which they have become synonymous.

The Navigator, our flagship red, pays homage to Prince Henry, the patron of early Portuguese exploration who instigated the first voyages in the discovery of new trade routes. This aromatic Rhône blend seamlessly combines the rich flavours of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier.

 

Awards won

Gold Medal: Gilbert & Gaillard 2021, TOP 10 & Platinum Award/95+ points: SAWI 2020

Food Pairing

Beef stews, Lamb, Medium rare beef, Venison

Price Band

B ($20.00 – $29.99)

Red Grapes

Grenache, Mourvedre, Shiraz/Syrah, Viognier

Region

Cape Agulhas, Western Cape

Vintage

2018

Volume

1.5L, 750ml

Year

2018

Winemaking process

The grapes were harvested over a 5 day period (1st Shiraz, 2nd Grenache, 3rd Viognier, 4th Mourvèdre) prior to co-fermentation. Fermentation temperatures were controlled between 22 and 26°C with a total of 21 days skin contact during fermentation. Pump-overs were effected twice daily. This special blend was matured for 18 months in 100% French oak, in a combination of 300 and 500 litre barrels.  30% new, the balance made up of second and third fill barrels.

Cellaring

Enjoy from 2021 to 2018, peak drinking time from 2023.

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