Bernhard: "Bearing such a deep heritage in SA, it makes for a variety I get a lot of fulfilment working with. Especially, like in this case, when the vines are a bit older and dry farmed as bush vines on poor soils. I am delighted to work with Heldervallei as a Certified Single Vineyard, on the cusp of getting its Heritage Vineyard approval. These vines were planted in 1988 by my Uncle, Anton ‘Onderplaas’ Bredell, on decomposed granite soils, high in quarts with moderately shallow clay for water retention. It has low vigour, and crops far less than Cinsaut normally does. It undergoes just enough stress, but with its face to False Bay at 4 km away makes for pure and bright flavour development. I am grateful to be granted the decision making on the viticulture at Rustenhof (my philosophies are rooted in working mindful with nature to uplift soil health and increase vine vitality)."