On the sunlit north facing slope of Cradock Peak, the highest crest of the Outeniqua Mountain range running parallel to the Southern Cape coast and creating part of the scenic attraction of the Garden Route, is the flourishing Herold Wines vineyard. Bounded on three sides by nature reserve, it is a remote and idyllic setting, the vineyards embraced by lofty mountains covered with dramatic stands of fynbos.
Herold Wines is unique. At between 650m and 700m its vines are rooted at a higher altitude than most other South African vineyards. This, together with frequent mountain mists, icy winter frosts and snow, cooling summer south easterly winds drawn by the Outeniquas from the nearby Indian Ocean and year round rainfall, results in a protracted growing season.
Herold Skaam Skaap Rosé 2017
Salmon hued. White peach, red fruit and a bit of citrus. Ends with a zesty dry finish.
Cultivar: Pinot Noir; Chardonay
Herold Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Green-tinged pale lemon yellow. Lime blossom fern leaf and cut hay aromas carrying through onto the palate. Savoury and food friendly rather than grippy, though tangy and fresh on the palate
Cultivar: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
(limited amounts available)
Herold Riesling 2017
Floral/terpene and fruity mid-palate that has both richness and complexity. Turkish delight. The residual sugar contributes extra fullness and richness to the palate. Dry-ish finish with lingering fruity after taste and a good acid backbone.
Cultivar: 100% Riesling
Herold Pinot Noir Reserve 2015
Red fruit and Fynbos on the nose. Structured and concentrated, this is savoury, spicy and intense, with notes of incense and sweet summer berries and honey bush, well supported by soft tannins.
Cultivar: 100% Pinot Noir
Herold Syrah 2016
Purple-edged vermillion. Some white pepper and spice notes, with a full mid-palette and soft gravelly tannins. Earthy and gamey. Elegant and savoury without concession.
Cultivar: 100% Syrah
Herold John Segon 2015
Ocean flavors. Kelp, whet sea shells or oysters and even olives on the nose. Red fruit on the palet with soft tanins and good balance. Ocean flavors comes from the hop plantation next to the vineyard.
Cultivar: 40% Merlot; 32% Shiraz; 28% Pinotage
Herold Red Men 2015
Mid-crimson. Herbal and dark fruit aromas. Cassis. Earthy notes, softer classical tannins. Gamey whiffs on the finish
Cultivar: 70% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Herold Laatlammetjie 2016
Natural sweet Rose’. Delectable but not overly sweet. Fruity flavors and good balance on the palate. Ends spicy and refreshing.
Cultivar: 70% Pinot Noir; 30% Sauvignon Blanc