Producer Profile

JH Meyer

"Stompie and his wife Anri recently acquired a small farm atop the Piketberg mountain in the northwestern part of the Swartland. They are building their family legacy there, which expanded in early March 2020 with the birth of their daughter, Isabelle. The three Meyers, along with a group of ridgebacks, call their homestead Platteklip Vineyard. Located just 18 miles from the Atlantic Ocean at an elevation between 2,000 and 2,600 feet, this vineyard sits in a unique valley. Stompie and Anri are working to establish a new Wine of Origin (W.O.) designation called Piketberg, or Piket-bo-berg, for the area around their vineyard. This region is distinct from the Swartland due to its proximity to the sea and high altitude, which creates a climate similar to the cool enclave of Elgin.

JH Meyer Winemaker

Where The Wines Come From

Western Cape

Natural wine production in the Western Cape of South Africa embodies a movement towards authenticity and sustainability within the region's esteemed wine industry. Embracing the rich tapestry of terroir offered by the Western Cape's diverse landscapes, natural winemakers prioritize minimal intervention in both vineyard and cellar practices. Indigenous grape varieties like Chenin Blanc and Pinotage thrive alongside international cultivars, reflecting the region's spirit of experimentation and innovation. With a commitment to organic or biodynamic farming methods and native yeast fermentation, these wines express a purity of flavor and sense of place. Vibrant acidity, nuanced aromatics, and a distinctive minerality characterize the tasting experience, while food pairing opportunities abound, from fresh seafood to hearty stews. In the glass, Western Cape natural wines offer a true reflection of the land and a testament to the artistry of low-intervention winemaking.