Exporter to Europe

Rijks´s Cellar (Pty) Ltd.

P.O. Box 400, 6820 Tulbagh
van der Stel Street, 6820 Tulbagh
South Africa

Telephone +27 23 2301622
Fax +27 23 2301650
wine@rijks.co.za

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wines of South Africa

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 9 / B28
  • Hall 9 / B48
 Interactive Plan

Hall map

ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 9): stand B28, stand B48

Fairground map

ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 9

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.02  AFRICA
  • 01.02.06  South Africa
  • 01.02.06.15  Other South African wine cultivation areas

Our products

Product category: Other South African wine cultivation areas

Rijk’s Touch of Oak Chenin Blanc 2014

Cultivar
100% Chenin Blanc

Characteristics
Fresh and crisp fruit driven medium bodied.

Tasting Notes
Upfront tropical flavours on the nose with litchi and peach aromas that follows through on the palate. These aromas are supported by hints of mango and a subtle touch of oak. A fresh presence of acid balances the residual sugar to perfection.

In the Vineyard
Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  southeast Trellis and bush vines.

Harvest
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 7.6 tons / ha

Cellar Practices
Grapes were gently crushed and pressed. Wine was cold fermented in tank to allow freshness and fruit, but kept on the lees for 11 months to give a creamy mouth feel. 25% of barrel-fermented wine was blended with the tank fermented portion (75%) to add the wooded dimension.

Analysis                              
Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         
Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar:  3.0 g/l
Acidity:  6.3 g/l
pH:  3.18
Alcohol  13.54%
Appelation   Coastal Region

Ageing Potential
5 years after vintage

Serving Temperature
Recommended to be served at 13ºC

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Product category: Other South African wine cultivation areas

Rijk's Private Cellar Pinotage 2011

Cultivar
100% Pinotage

Characteristics
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit- full bodied.

Tasting Notes
This deep crimson wine has a unique elegant nose of red fruit and cherries, typical of the cooler 2011 vintage. These delicoius fruity aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy palate with well balanced refined tannins on the finish. Well balanced oak lends subtle wood spices which compliments the fruit.

In the Vineyard
Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  west, north-west and east Trellis and bush vines.

Harvest
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 6.2 tons / ha

Cellar Practices
A 48 hour cold maceration was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. During fermentation punch downs were done 3 times a day. Skins were gently pressed before fermented dry. MLF took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American 300 litre barrels - 50% new, 30% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill barrethen all barrels blended and bottled.

Analysis                              
Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         
Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar:  2.5 g/l
Acidity:  6.2 g/l
pH:  3.43
Alcohol  14.94%
Appelation   Coastal Region

Ageing Potential
At least 12 or more years after vintage

Serving Temperature
Recommended to be served at 17ºC

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Product category: Other South African wine cultivation areas

Rijk's Reserve Shiraz 2011

Cultivar
100% Shiraz

Characteristics
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit- full bodied. Special Reserve selection

Tasting Notes
Exceptional deep red colour. Complex nose of white and black pepper spices with bramble and black fruit undertones. Vibrant acid level which carries through onto a multi-layered rich palate rounded off by smooth silky tannins. The integration of oak spice and tannin add depth and complexity. Superb fine dining wine.

In the Vineyard
Soil  low yielding well drained vertical schale / schist  Aspect  west and east Trellis and bush vines.

Harvest
Grapes were night harvested, picked by hand to retain flavours. Yield 4.6 tons / ha

Cellar Practices
A 48 hour cold maceration was given prior to fermentation to extract colour and fruit. 30% whole bunch pressed. Extraction by a combination of punch downs and pipeage were done 3 times a day. MLF took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in 40% new and 60% 2nd fill 300 litre French barrels. Bottled and aged till released.

Analysis                              
Winemaker:  Pierre Wahl                         
Viticulturist:  Neville Dorrington
Residual sugar:  2.5 g/l
Acidity:  5.7 g/l
pH:  3.49
Alcohol  14.80%
Appelation   Tulbagh

Ageing Potential
At least 15 or more years after vintage

Serving Temperature
Recommended to be served at 17ºC

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About us

Company details

Neville Dorrington and family bought the farm in Tulbagh in 1996. There were no vineyards - only a few cattle.  The soils - low potential vertical shale - were perfect for producing quality grapes. In 1997 we planted many varieties - chardonnay, chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, semillon, cabernet, cabernet franc, ruby cabernet, merlot, shiraz and pinotage.

Our first wine was released in 2000 - a sauvignon blanc.

Then our chenin blanc. And in 2003, our first red wine - Rijk's Private Cellar Pinotage 2000.

Many many awards followed.

12 years later a difficult decision was made - we decided to specialise in the wines that, vintage after vintage, were consistently good - chenin blanc, pinotage and shiraz. They are all harvested early before possible heatwaves in march. Our warm dry summers and shale soils are perfect for these cultivars. All other cultivars were removed and replanted with chenin blanc and pinotage . An expensive exercise, but we could then specialise in three cultivars.

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