When we bought DeMorgenzon we used satellite and historical data, as well as an examination of physical factors, to thoroughly analyse our climate (including temperature data, solar radiation patterns, rainfall records, wind and sunlight hours). We further commissioned a detailed soil analysis (nutrient status, physical properties, depth, colour and hydrological properties) drilling a few hundred holes in the process; and undertook a topographical study (altitude, slope steepness, slope form, terrain unit, openness of the landscape and drainage patterns).

This enabled the demarcation of the best option block boundaries and the allocation of cultivars according to varietal preferences. It also helped to determine our choice of rootstock, our row and plant spacing and our row direction. We have, we believe, established our vine rows in harmony with the terroir, the sun and the elements.

Our enormously old and diverse soils primarily comprise well drained Oakleaf and Tukula types which originally developed from a granite base.