Winery Details

  • Tierhoek Wines

    • Tierhoek Farm Piekenierskloof Western Cape South Africa
    • +27825367132

About the Winery

ONE OF THE OLDEST SURVIVING SANDVELD FARMS ON THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA  Tierhoek’s cellar and vineyards are nestled in a mountain bowl amongst the peaks of the Piekenierskloof, 760m above sea level, where the vines remain  dormant during the cold winters.Tierhoek’s small volumes allow focus to be maintained on producing quality wines. The word "Tier" is a local word for leopard and " Hoek " is the corner as we are situated in a mountain bowl.

The vines come to life at the same time as the mountain flowers and are kept cool by the soft summer breezes of the Atlantic Ocean, producing wines of intense fruit flavours and minerality.

The Marais family began farming Tierhoek in 1886, and in 2001 new owners, Tony and Shelley Sandell, restored the Sandveld buildings and nurtured the neglected 44 year old Chenin and Grenache vines back to working condition.

All of this has been done hand-in-hand with the abundant nature that surrounds Tierhoek, enabling it exclusive membership of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI).  No pesticides or herbicides are used in the vineyards and all winemaking is natural – nothing is removed from or added to the wines except yeast culture in some wines and minimal SO2.

Winemaker, Roger Burton, graduated from Stellenbosch University with a viticulture and oenology degree. His philosophy is “balance in the vineyards” to produce grapes of optimal ripeness and wines which clearly express their terroir .   

Methode Cap Classique

About the wine

These young vines are trellised in one of the richer soils of the farm, containing lots more humus, and with the most soil organisms. It is great to see the guinea fowl scratching between the rows, cleaning the block of all harmful predators, and how it is becoming more naturally in rhythm with nature. Irrigation is only done during drought conditions, and all farming methods are organic. Yields are 3-4 tonne per hectare.

Sparkling arresting fruit purity, vivid citrus perfume and flavours with mouthwatering limy acidity.



Export Volume

100 x 6 new bottling 320 x 6

Food Pairing

Charcuterie, Cheeses, Chicken, Chocolate desserts, Crayfish, Enjoyed on its own, Fresh Salads, Poultry Dishes

Price Band

D ($11.00 – $14.99)


Citrusdal Mountain, Western Cape

Segment best suited for

Boutique, Off premise, On premise, Retail

Tasting Notes

Apple, Citrus, Lime


None vintage



White Grapes


Winemaking process

100 % Chardonnay. Natural fermnet. 5 months on lees in tank . 4 years bottle aged before being degorged in October 2019. The wine has pure flavours of apple and citrus , a good acidity with 5g /l sugar to balance it. Displays a fine mousse with lots of finesse



Total Acidity:

10 .2 g/l

Residual Sugar:

4.3 g/l



Free SO₂:


Total SO₂:

45 ppm

Total Production:

1028 L


Store in cool cellar on its side for 5 years or longer