From Vineyard to Bottle

Dedoornkraal

De Doornkraal's Aan't Vette Wine Estate established its vineyard in 2008. The vineyard consists of a single block Syrah (Shiraz) cultivar that has consistently produced award-winning wines. The Aan’t Vette Wine Estate's vineyard stretches to the banks of the Vette River bordering it.

Dedoornkraal award winning wines

Our Wine Collection

After establishing the vineyard in 2008, the Aan't Vette Wine Estate produced its first wine (Blanc de Noir) in 2011. Since then the Aan't Vette wines have won many awards, and won over numerous wine experts and wine lovers.

Blanc de Noir (Rose)

Blanc de Noir literally means “white from black” and is made by applying white wine-making methods to red grape varietals. Allowing minimal contact between the skin and the juice, resulting in a very delicate pale salmon colour, similar to a Rosé. Leaving the juice on the skins for a few more hours allows more time for colour extraction. A Rosé is simply a ‘blush’ wine, which may also be made by taking the easy way out: blending red wine into white wine to make a pink wine. A Blanc de Noir may be called a rosé (since it is a blush wine) but a Rosé made by blending red with white is not a Blanc de Noir.

Award-winning
Syrah Divine
Blush Blanc de Noir wines

Aan't vette Wine Estate's award-winning 2011, 2012 and 2013 Syrah Divine Blush Blanc de Noir wines were crowned with bronze medals at the traditional (since 1833) South African Young Wine Show, presented annually by the South African National Wine Show Association.

Award-winning 2011, 2012 and 2013 Syrah Divine Blush Blanc de Noir wines

Veritas award-winning vintages

The 2012 and 2013 vintages were entered for the prestigious Veritas competition and awarded bronze medals, one of only five South African Blanc de Noir wines that were able to achieve medal status.

Divine blush 2013

Only 1000 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes

The appearance is rich, bright mahogany. The nose presents with subtle stewed fruits and hints of nutmeg. The palate is soft and round, with notes of caramelised plums. It is light-bodied, but with a delicate complexity - a most elegantly quaffable Syrah.

Award-winning 2012 & 2013 Aan't Vette Louis Meurant Syrah

Cultivar Syrah

Cellar price: R128

Analysis

Alc: 12,38% | R/S: 2.6 | Acid: 6.1 | pH: 3.49

Code: DB2013

Divine blush 2017

Only 1800 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes

The appearance is a vivid pomegranate ruby pink. The nose is slightly shy to reveal itself on first opening, but soon becomes boldly fragrant with appealing ripe strawberries. The palate presents with crisp, fresh acidity and hints of red cherries, resulting in a fine balance with a lingering after-taste.

Award-winning 2012 & 2013 Aan't Vette Louis Meurant Syrah

Cultivar Syrah

Cellar price: R128

Analysis

Alc: 14,10% | R/S: 2.9 | Acid: 5.7 | pH: 3.29

Code: DB2017

Vinification: Unwooded

Syrah

Our Syrah high quality vintage is matured in small French oak barrels. Syrah, which is alternatively spelled “Shiraz” in English-speaking regions - is a red grape that generally yields a spicy, rich red wine. “Syrah” and “Shiraz” are exactly the same grape. Yet because “Syrah” is the French spelling and “Shiraz” the Anglophone spelling, which way its spelled often says something about the region and thus the style. Syrah is usually produced in one of the French Rhône styles, and Shiraz is usually produced more in the Australian or American style.

Award-winning Aan't Vette Louis Meurant Syrah

Our very first red wine, the Aan't Vette Louis Meurant Syrah 2012 vintage, was crowned with a Veritas bronze and won a silver medal at the South African Young Wine Show. Our 2013 Aan't Vette Louis Meurant Syrah vintage won a silver medal at the SA Young Wine Show, still to be presented to Veritas. This high quality red vintage was matured in French oak barrels.

Award-winning 2012 & 2013 Aan't Vette Louis Meurant Syrah

Our 2013 vintage

The 2013 vintage is currently maturing in bottles, in a temperature controlled environment. It is blessed with a spicy bouquet and dark red colour, so typical of high qualitySyrah (Shiraz) wines.

Divine Rouge 2013

Only 1300 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes

The appearance is rich, bright mahogany. The nose presents with subtle stewed fruits and hints of nutmeg. The palate is soft and round, with notes of caramelised plums. It is light-bodied, but with a delicate complexity - a most elegantly quaffable Syrah.

Divine Rouge 2013

Cultivar Syrah

Cellar price: R128

Analysis

Alc: 12,38% | R/S: 2.6 | Acid: 6.1 | pH: 3.49

Code: DR2013

Vinification: 12 months French Oak - 25% new

Divine Rouge 2015

Only 1300 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes

The appearance is deep, bright ruby red with a nose that promises a fruit-forward wine with inviting black cherry and spicy notes. On the palate, this light- to medium-bodied wine reveals rounded tannins and an enticing variety of flavours. There is a teasingly elusive cherry fruitiness that compels you back to the glass to continue your exploration of this seductive wine.

Divine Rouge 2015

Cultivar Syrah

Cellar price: R128

Analysis

Alc: 12,60% | R/S: 1.70 | Acid: 6.2 | pH: 3.39

Code: DR2015

Vinification: 12 months French Oak - 25% new

Louis Meurant 2013

Only 3700 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes

On the eye, the wine presents with a deep red vibrancy and the nose is boldly fruitful with blackcurrant and stewed plums as well as hints of nutmeg. On the palate, the tannins are soft and round, with delicate earthy flavours ending with some savoury notes.

Cellar Master’s notes

This quality Syrah wine is named after Louis Meurant, the son of a Swiss-French musician and Riversdale’s most distinguished resident. In 1861 he wrote the very first prose work to be published in Afrikaans.

Divine Rouge 2015

Cultivar Syrah

Cellar price: R145

Analysis

Alc: 13,00% | R/S: 2.40 | Acid: 5.6 | pH: 3.56

Code: LM2013

Vinification: 12 months French Oak - 25% new

Louis Meurant 2015

Only 5700 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes

On the eye, the wine presents a sophisticated ruby red. The nose at first intriguingly keeps you in suspense, but, with the time in the glass that this complex wine demands, it opens up to a world of promise. The palate generously gratifies with bold black cherry, subtle spice and some dried Italian herbal notes. Further flavours include some tea leaf and lingering thyme. A pleasure to luxuriate in now, but this wine’s firm tannin structure will reward cellaring.

Cellar Master’s notes

This quality Syrah wine is named after Louis Meurant, the son of a Swiss-French musician and Riversdale’s most distinguished resident. In 1861 he wrote the very first prose work to be published in Afrikaans.

Divine Rouge 2015

Cultivar Syrah

Cellar price: R153

Analysis

Alc: 13,70% | R/S: 1.9 | Acid: 6.0 | pH: 3.45

Code: LM2015

Awards: Veritas Silver 2017

Vinification: 12 months French Oak - 20% new

Environmentally friendly and organic farming practices

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A biodiversity strategy is strictly followed, by utilising environmentally friendly farming practices that enhances the suitability of the vineyard as a habitat for biodiversity. Viticulture practices that have negative impacts on biodiversity are completely avoided. No pesticides or herbicides are allowed in the proximity of the Wine Estate. Only organic substances are used in spraying.

Dedoornkraal wine is environmentally friendly and organic

Our Winery & Cellar

We transformed a 150-year-old barn into a modern winery

Dedoornkraal

The 150-year-old barn, with its almost one-metre-thick clay walls and 7-metre-high roof, was transformed into a modern winery. The old barn, now air-conditioned, also serves as a cellar where the oak barrels for the ageing of the red wine are stored.

150-year-old becomes a modern winery at De Doornkraal

State of the art wine-producing technology

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In contrast to the old barn, the wine-producing technology is state of the art. The fermentation and storage tanks are manufactured from high-quality austenitic stainless steel and equipped with dimple cooling jackets to control the wine-making process optimally. All visible external tank surfaces are circle polished.

State of the art wine-producing technology

Family Tradition

Viticulture is an old tradition of the Steyn family of De Doornkraal

Dedoornkraal

During the 1800's the current owner's great-grandfather and grandfather farmed in the Langstraat (Lower Long Street on Google) area of Riversdale. Their wine farm was called "De Wingerdt", which is Dutch for "The Vineyard".

Viticulture and the Steyn family of De Doornkraal

Interested in our wine?

Our wines are available for personal pick-up and delivery anywhere in the world.
(For ease of handling and transport, our wines are available in cases of 6 and 3 bottles each.)