Philosophy & PurposeFor the Wild
To everyone that prefers star-filled skies over city lights… To everyone climbing mountains instead of corporate ladders… To everyone stopping to smell the flowers along the way on whatever their journey may be… Cheers. Get lost in the natural world and celebrate it with us in all its beauty and magic.
R300,00 from every case sold goes to African wildlife conservation projects. Scroll to learn more.
Guided by nature and vinted with passion for an honest and elegant expression of the cool-climate wine region at the southernmost tip of Africa.
- StyleA bright, vibrant, thiol-driven Sauvignon Blanc with a tropical foundation of passionfruit and guava and a lingering minerality; held together by a soft wooded complexity.
- WildlifeCape Leopard
2020Rosé of Pinot Noir
- StyleHalf saignée, half whole-berry through a wooden basket press, this Provence-inspired rosé of Pinot Noir is rich with strawberry, watermelon, and candy floss on the nose but light, elegant, and refreshing on the palate.
- WildlifeAfrican Wild Dog
2020North Star Cape Red Blend
- StyleLed by South Africa's very own red cultivar, Pinotage, this 3-varietal blend of Syrah, Cinsaut, and Pinotage combine big, ripe red fruits with vanilla, spice, and silky elegance for a wine sure to stand the test of time.
- StyleThis cool-climate Cabernet is an anomaly. Picked at just 23.6 balling, the wine is elegant yet robust. You'll find notes of black cherry and vanilla on the nose with even more dark fruits on the palate and hints of warm spice and tobacco.
- WildlifeAfrican Penguin
- StyleEven Syrah has a softer side. With 30% carbonic maceration, a cold ferment in an egg-shaped tank, and gentle hand punchdowns 3 times per day, this wine embraces the floral and red fruit notes of the grape while still paying homage to the spice and tannin that is cool-climate Syrah.
TerroirSouthernmost Tip of Africa
Where two oceans collide and winds from the arctic fight the African sun to create the continents only true cool-climate wine appellation – the slow-ripened grapes from Cape Agulhas yield wines unlike anywhere else in the world’s oldest New World wine region.
In a New LightThe Cultivars
Cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc from this region in South Africa is known for bold aromas, tropical flavors, and a signature minerality on the finish. If you’re under the impression that Chardonnay is the only white varietal that can be aged properly – allow me to introduce you to an Agulhas Sauvignon Blanc.
Pinot from the cold slopes of Cape Agulhas is defined by struggle. Yields are between low and non existent. However, when the stars align and a crop can be harvested, a beautiful wine is all but a sure bet.
A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, Pinotage is South Africa’s creation and gift to the world of wine. While a very versatile cultivar that can be produced in an array of styles, the Stellenbosch Pinotage used in our North Star Blend is the “Napa Cab” of South Africa.
Forget everything you think you know about Cab. This cool-climate Cabernet from Africa breaks all of the rules. A lone block of vines produces slow-ripened, lower-balling but remarkably flavorful grapes that allow for a bright, smooth, and brilliantly complex wine.
The gnarled bush vines that line the barren, blisteringly hot mountainside in Paarl, South Africa can be seen from miles away. These Cinsaut vines love to suffer. Curiously, these rugged grapes produce the most elegant, silky wine with bright notes of cherry, bubble gum, and caramel.
If there was one cultivar designed perfectly for the cold, unforgiving Agulhas climate, it would be Syrah. These hearty grapes can stand the elements long enough to slowly ripen to perfection. On average, Agulhas Syrah will spend 6-8 weeks longer hanging on the vines than your more popular South African wine regions like Stellenbosch. The result? A grape full of flavor, spice, and potential.
Many know me as a cyclist. Few know me as a businessman. But none knew me as lost. My name is Trevor DeRuisé and I’d like to share my passion for wine and wildlife with you.
And into the mountains I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. John Muir
US Professional Cyclist turned Winemaker
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