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Piekenierskloof, Heirloom White, Swartland, South Africa, 2022

Product code: 4840
Piekenierskloof, Heirloom White, Swartland, South Africa, 2022

Producer Profile

Nestled in the Citrusdal Mountains, some 50 km north of Swartland, is the magnificent Piekenierskloof plateau, the area provides the perfect environment for vine cultivation, and is home to the eponymously named Piekenierskloof Wine Company.

First settled by Dutch soldiers ‘Piekeniers’ deployed from the Cape to explore the unknown Olifants River region, the area today is famous for citrus production, but more importantly for us, this is ‘Grenache HQ’, boasting one of the largest Grenache plantings in the Cape. Piekenierskloof’s dry-land vines, grow in sandy loam soils at an altitude of 650m to 700m and have stood the test of time, consistently bearing small bunches of intense, densely structured and highly flavoured grapes, worthy of preserving. Un-grafted bush vines planted in the 1950s are still used in the production of Piekenierskloof wines, giving them immense character, intensity and authenticity. Under the watchful eye of winemaker, Hendrien Vercueil, Piekenierskloof Wines continue to produce award- winning Rhône-style wines of exceptional quality.


Grapes from the estates Bergendal and Heidedal farms. The Chenin Blanc vineyard were planted in 1962 and the Grenache Blanc in 1994, both bush vines grown on sandy, loam soils. Vineyards are meticulously farmed and managed to yield below 5 tons per hectare, with grapes harvested by hand in the early morning to maintain acidity and fruit purity.


Only the free-run juice was used, allowed to settle and inoculated with selected yeast strains prior to fermenting in 300 litre French oak barrels. After fermentation, the wine spent five more months on fine lees in barrel. (20% new, 30% second fill and 50% third fill).

Oak Ageing

Time: 5 Months
Type: 300 Litre French Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 20

Tasting Note

Complex with layers of tropical and stone fruit, peach and white pears on the palate with notes of citrus. Well-balanced acidity, elegant oak with a long lingering finish.

Food Matching

Outstanding with seafood, sushi, fish curry, grilled scallops, roast chicken or just as enjoyable on its own.

Technical Details
Chenin Blanc 60%
Grenache Blanc 30%
Viognier 10%
Vegetarian Vegan

Technical cork


Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl