Born into a family of engineers, Christoph Dornier knew from an early age that he was different. Art was his first love and against the will of his father, he persisted and became a recognized artist. But even within his chosen field he never followed the trends. He had his very own ways to see things and to paint them. Christoph Dornier was often ahead of his time: he started a foundation for behavioral psychotherapy in Germany in the eighties that has had a deep impact on the treatments with its research and treatment concepts. He was also one of the founding partners of de Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch that has become the prime residential location in the area. His independent mind made him move to Stellenbosch in the turbulent nineties and start Dornier Wines as one of the very early foreign investors. He loved the mystical aspect to wine, its symbolism and beauty. For 14 years he worked on the vision, supported by his children.

Christoph Dornier had a life-long passion for architecture and the landmark Dornier wine cellar is his legacy in this field. The young generation has already taken over the business, supported by a strong team around winemaker Philip van Staden .

Dornier Donatus White 2016


The nose is bursting with aromas of white flowers, crisp pears and stone fruit. The palate is elegant and delicate, with flavours of grapefruit, minerals, peaches and honey. The wine has a terrific mouth-feel and a fine minerality on the finish. There is a lovely underlying freshness to this wine.

Cultivar: 80% Chenin Blanc; 20% Semillion

Dornier Moordenaarskloof 2017


Bright, pale straw colour with delicate scent of wild flowers and fruit, especially Cape Honeysuckle. White peaches and pineapples with a delicate underlying minerality. The palate fully matches the nose with a creamy sensation and a texture that combines elegance and intensity and concentrated fruit flavours.

Cultivar: 100% Chenin Blanc

Dornier Donatus Red 2012


The nose is bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, minerals and liquorice. The palate is refined and delicate, elegant yet showing strength from firm silky tannins. Flavours of blackberry and cassis are abundant, with hints of dark cherry and a touch of cedar. This wine will age beautifully.

Cultivar: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; 24% Cabernet Franc; 22% Malbec; 19% Petit verdot

Dornier CMD 2012


The CMD 2012 is a full bodied blend of the three lesser known Bordeaux varieties. Berry and black cherries aromas are supported by subtle hints French oak. The pallet is a true reflection of the nose of the wine. Concentrated fruit and firm tannins with a lingering finish. The Cabernet Franc also adds a hint of austerity to this elegant blend.

Cultivar: 80% Malbec; 15% Cabernet Franc; 5% Petit Verdot


 

Dornier Chenin Blanc 2017


The nose shows intense stone fruit and white pear, with hints of melon and perfume. The palate is rich and dense, with concentrated flavours of pineapple and green melon. The palate is fresh yet full, with a long, intense finish.

Cultivar: 100% Chenin Blanc

Dornier Sémillon 2017


The nose is bursting with flavours of lemon rind, fresh hay and honey, complemented by a waxy character. The palate is rich in flavours of sweet fruit, lemon meringue and lanolin, with a luscious full texture backed by a balanced acidity and lingering aftertaste.

Cultivar: 100% Sémillon

Dornier Merlot 2015


This wine has aromas of cherry, dark berries and hints of fynbos with a bright ruby-red colour. The palate shows freshness, concentration and balance, with flavours of ripe black cherries, plums and black current. There is a lengthy fullness on the palate and an understated class and elegance.

Cultivar: 100% Merlot

Dornier Siren Syrah 2015


The nose is filled with aromas of red berry, spice and violets. The palate is creamy and delicate with hints of redcurrant and cedar. The finish is savoury and has a lingering aftertaste of berry and white pepper.

Cultivar: 100% Syrah

Dornier Equanimity Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


A classic example of this noble variety with concentrated fruit, bold structure and the ability to age well. Intense cherry colour with a full bouquet of cassis, black berries, pencil shavings, liquorice, subtle oak and hints of mint. The palate is dense with concentrated flavours of dark fruit combining with elegant tannins to create a well-balanced wine with a long finish.

Cultivar: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Dornier Pinotage 2014


This wine shows an abundance of black cherry, dark berry and cassis on the nose, with hints of tobacco and nutmeg. The palate is bursting with ripe plum, vanilla bean, violets and bramble. The wine has a full palate with a lovely freshness, and finishes with a pleasant refined tannin profile.

Cultivar: 100% Pinotage

Dornier Malbec 2014


The nose on this wine is full of dark berries and plum with hints of violets. The palate is rich in texture and shows characteristics of berry, dark chocolate and juicy fruit. The finish is long with a balanced acidity and fine tannin structure.

Cultivar: 100% Malbec

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Dornier Petit Verdot 2015


This wine is intense ruby-red in colour. Aromas of ripe plum and fresh cherry with subtle hints of forest floor. A full, well-structured wine that has a great follow-through of fruit onto the palate. The wine shows elegant integration and balance with a velvety tannin finish.

Cultivar: 100% Petit Verdot

Dornier Tempranillo 2013


The nose is filled with plush aromas of molasses with a hint of spice and a leathery appeal. On the palate, the wine shows a savoury character, and is full-bodied with excellent length and chewy tannins, which will allow this wine to age well.

Cultivar: 100% Tempranillo

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Dornier Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2014


The palate is rich in ripe berries, with hints of mocha. The tannins are firm in structure and in balance with the lingering fruity finish.

Cultivar: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon; 30% Merlot

Dornier Chenin Froschkönig 2016


The wine has an alluring colour and aromas of honey, cashew and fig preserve. The highly viscous palate possesses a great balance between sweetness and acidity, with flavours of fresh apricot, lemon rind and apple. The wine is rich and has a pleasantly long aftertaste.

Cultivar: 100% Chenin Blanc


 

Dornier Cocoa Hill Rose 2014 LRDornier The Pirate of Cocoa Hill Rosé 2016


This wine has a soft, pale pink colour and is bursting with aromas of strawberries and pink grapefruit. The palate is vibrant with a good balance between the bright acidity and flavours of Turkish delight, sweet red berries and pomegranate. The finish is juicy and dry and the wine has a pleasant length.

Cultivar: 100% Merlot

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Dornier The Pirate of Cocoa Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2017


The wine has aromas of tropical fruit like pineapple and litchi. The palate is lively with bright acidity, with flavours of pawpaw, grapefruit and a lingering aftertaste.

Cultivar: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Dornier The Pirate of Cocoa Hill Chenin Blanc 2016


Being a truly versatile variety and lending itself well to many different styles, Dornier has aimed at making a in fresh and fruit driven style. Flavours of nectarine, pear and granadillas dominate the nose. The palate is vibrant with a soft acidity, leaving one with a concentrated aftertaste.

Cultivar: 100% Chenin Blanc

Dornier The Pirate of Cocoa Hill Red 2016


The wine shows aromas of raspberry, cherry and a hint of eucalyptus. The palate shows pure fruit with refined notes of cherry, plum and cranberry. The palate is full, fresh and lively with a supple tannin structure and a well-balanced acidity leaving a persisting finish.

Cultivar: 36% Merlot; 34% Shiraz; 14% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Malbec; 7% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot