one of the Cape’s foremost wine makers, Beyers Truter of Kanonkop Estate,
formed a partnership with four ardent wine lovers in Johannesburg with one
ideal in mind: to produce a wine of exceptional character.
exploring the Cape Winelands for a suitable location they found a perfectly
situated farm in the Koelenhof area within the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin
region. Coincidence provided an appropriate name. The farm’s original name was
Nooitgedacht, which for five generations belonged to the Beyers family before
Jan Andries Beyers sold it in 1895. Beyers Truter is a direct descendent of Jan
Beyers, thus making him the sixth generation to farm this land.
Truter’s original search for land was focused on one thing only: finding the
best soils to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine. Beyerskloof’s shallow,
gravely soil is very similar to that of Bordeaux. The shallowness of the soil
led Beyers to plant almost 5 000 vines per hectare to optimise the small pocket
of land. The vines are planted with 20 000 Cabernet Sauvignon vines and 5 000
Merlot vines. There is no supplementary irrigation, unless the weather
preceding a particular harvest is such that ground water levels are
insufficient for optimal fruit ripeness.
constant search for superior quality grapes led to the acquisition of an
additional farm situated 2km from the original property in 1997. This
Stellenbosch farm located on the Bottelary Road is aptly called Beyerskloof
Vineyards and is 77 ha of which 50 ha are planted. The varietal spread is made
up of 30ha Pinotage (20ha Trellised and 10ha Bush vine), 15ha Cabernet
Sauvignon, 10ha Merlot and 5ha Cinsault.
Clovelly and Kroonstad soils ensure a better-quality ripening environment for the
red grape varieties. The average age of vineyards vary between 8 and 15 years
and yields generated from these vines amount to roughly 8 – 10 tons per
Beyers Truter was instrumental in the founding of the
Pinotage Association and is a tireless promoter of the varietal and its’ many
merits. He also clearly recognizes its’ shortcomings. Today, he is fondly known
to the South African wine industry as Mr. Pinotage.
notes of blackberry, plum and dark cherries are backed by subtle mocha aromas.
The wine is medium to full-bodied with soft, ripe tannins and a sustained
This wine partners well with rich stews, pastas, game meats and
anything from the grill.
The wine is ready to drink but will develop complexity with three to four years in the bottle.
UPC #: 752245220520
Beyerskloof Pinotage Reserve
Intense dark red
middle with a ruby red rim. Promising blackberry aromas upfront with lively
spicy/sweet cedar oak in the background. Bundles of blackberry and prune ‑
flavors upon entry which combine well with the cedar oak aromas from Barrel
maturation. A wine with good structure, excellent balance and a long juicy finish.
This wine will pair
well with any spicy curries or traditional Bobotie (SA curry) .
The wine is ready to drink but will develop complexity with 10 years in the bottle.
This limited release Cape blend of Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz was recently judged to be the best wine of its type produced in the 2010 vintage. Deep, dark red in color the wine shows rich blackcurrant, dark cherries and hints of plum combining well with subtle notes of mocha and cedar from barrel-aging. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with ripe fruit, subtle tannins and a long, smooth finish.
This is a great accompaniment to rich pasta dishes, matured steak and venison.
The wine is ready to drink but will develop complexity with five to seven years in the bottle.
This is a very limited release. Rich blackcurrant, dark cherries, prunes, cedar
and oak aromas. A big structured Pinotage with intense dark fruit flavors. A
complex middle leads to a smooth finish with pleasant cigar box flavors from barrel aging. Great balance
between fruit and oak.
This is a great accompaniment to spicy Indian dishes, a well matured rump/sirloin steak or venison.
The wine has superb ageing in the
bottle for 10 years and more.