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A Great wine Begins in Your Head

What has impressed me most about the great wines of the world – aside from the immense pleasure of drinking them – is the deeply rooted fiercely held philosophies of the people who create them.

The great winemakers I have met invariably possess a clear concept in their minds – before the first grape is picked – of what their wines should be. It’s a vision that places terroir over technology, and grape quality over quantity.

There wines are great because they share a dedication to producing intense, concentrated wines that proudly proclaim their heritage.
This is the level of winemaking that we pursue at our Estate: Spioenkop Wines in the Elgin highlands. Our goal is to make wines that are delicious to drink and true to their roots. When I drink a Riesling or a Pinotage from block 7 “klipkop”, I want to smell the “shale” or “koffieklip” soil that nourishes the fruit. I want to taste the depth of the vines. I want to experience the character of the vintage. I want authenticity; without it, a wine is simply another beverage.
Of course, the measure of any great wine is not where it begins, but where it ends – in your glass. I hope you enjoy drinking the wines as much as we have enjoyed making them.
Koen & Lore Roose



Over 100 years ago, on the evening of Tuesday 23 January 1900, 1 700 British troops deployed to South Africa prepared to attack their enemies on a hill in Natal known as Spionkop – the name ‘Spioenkop’, meaning ‘Spy Hill’ or 'Lookout Hill', was coined by the Dutch settlers for the commanding views it afforded of the slopes and valley below. During the days that followed, a bloody battle ensued... Read more

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