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Robinson & Sinclair Pty Ltd

Suite 32, Longkloof Studios, Kloof, Street, Gardens, Box #7, 8001 Cape Town
South Africa

Telephone +27 21 462-6385
Fax +27 21 4131140
chelsea@robinson-sinclair.co.za

Hall map

ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 9): stand A48

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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
  • 01.02.06.11  Stellenbosch
  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.02  AFRICA
  • 01.02.06  South Africa
  • 01.02.06.12  Swartland

Our products

Product category: Swartland

BABYLON’S PEAK (Swartland, South Africa)

Babylon’s Peak is the name given to a tall granite outcrop on the Paardeberg, between Paarl and Malmesbury. Far from being a disharmonious ‘tower of Babel’, the wines are really good, and a credit to winemaker Stephan Basson, the fourth generation of winemakers in the family. The cellar had last been used in 1948, but Stephan re-commissioned the farm’s cellar in 2003.
The Swartland region mostly comprises a succession of undulating hills that don’t achieve any great altitude. However, the Bassons’ Nooitgedacht farm has vineyards that extend 700m up the Paardeberg, which results in more moderate temperatures during the ripening period. Days are hot, but night time temperatures can drop to between 8 and 15°C.
One of the key features of Swartland viticulture is that the vineyards are mostly dryland bush vines, which results in small berries with thicker skins. Wines made from this fruit (especially the reds) are intensely concentrated.

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Product category: Stellenbosch

Cape Point Vineyards (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Swept past the Cape in a violent storm, the Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Diaz discovered the Cape Point peninsula only on his return voyage from the East around the southern tip of Africa in 1488.

The narrow peninsula, flanked by the cold Atlantic Ocean in the west and the warm Indian Ocean in the east, was originally cultivated by the Dutch who landed at the Cape in 1652. A century later, the first vines were planted in Noordhoek.
In 1997, on this same land, the new vines of Cape Point Vineyards were re-established by Sybrand van der Spuy.

Although there is evidence that surrounding areas had been planted to vineyards in the early 18th century, the land had to be cleared of its dense intruder vegetation, while mammoth rocks had to be removed. By 1997, following extensive soil and climatic analyses, the first Sauvignon blanc vines were pushing their roots into the soil of
their new home against the south-facing slopes of Constantiaberg Mountain. Thus Cape Point Vineyards was born.

Undoubtedly unique in terms of our geographical position and our proximity to two oceans we are determined to create wines that epitomise the distinctive Cape Point terroir.

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Product category: Stellenbosch

HARTENBERG (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Hartenberg has been farmed since 1692, passing through a number of different ownerships until Maurice and Eleanor Finlayson purchased it in 1948. They owned Hartenberg until 1977. Besides producing good wine, the Finlaysons also produced two sons, Peter and Walter, who were to become renowned South African winemakers in their own right.

On 1 January 1987, Bermuda-based businessman, Ken Mackenzie, purchased Hartenberg, having seen the potential that the perennial under-achiever offered. At a time of great political instability and much disinvestment in South Africa, his move was brave, to say the least.
To this day, long after Ken’s death, his daughters continue a programme of investment in the farm, focusing on three key areas: the replanting to specific sites of some 55 hectares of premium varietals, the development of production facilities, and the upliftment of knowledge and skills for labour and management.

The Mackenzie vision, though extremely ambitious, remains simple: to do whatever it takes to produce wines of outstanding quality by anybody’s standards. To create only what winos call “the good stuff”.

Hartenberg’s location in the Bottelary Hills certainly gives it every opportunity
of producing “the good stuff”. Carl Shultz has been winemaker since 1993, and at the forefront of the family-owned estate’s quality drive.

The estate focuses on just six core varieties (red wine is 80% of production). Sustainable farming methods are utilised, and all waste material recycled. The estate is, furthermore, a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, with a 65-hectare wetlands area that is home to more than 100 bird species.

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About us

Company details

WHY CHOOSE ROBINSON & SINCLAIR
 

*Growing – and making – great wine is a hands-on labour of love; an intimate relationship between people, vines and terroir. 

As noble as this pursuit may be, the winemaker cannot consume all that she produces. We connect wineries with markets in dozens of countries around the world, ensuring that we add value to each step in the process, including:

New product sourcing & development
Supply chain follow up
Label follow up
Logistics management
Shipping Documentation
Marketing material
We make it easy and effective for the hundreds of importers we deal with around the world to procure – and sell – the products of our winery partners.
The wineries, similarly, are able to maintain a depth of relationship with numerous markets that they would not be able to achieve alone. 

We opened our business in 2003. Where we are now, by every measurement possible, is a testimony to our professionalism and attention to detail.

SWITCHED ON, HANDS ON
The time we invest in the wine markets is invaluable to both our wineries and us. We make sure that at least one of our team members travels to each market a minimum of twice a year to perform in-store tastings, host wine dinners and do general trade visits. We encourage representatives from our wineries to do the same.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Should clients have any special requests (paperwork, samples, visits) we make sure that we close the loop. Follow-up is an

important part of the service that we offer (and not necessarily the strength of passionate winemakers). We’re physically present in both the winelands and the markets, so we’re able to simultaneously look out for the best interests of all parties.

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH
We select only the best wineries that each wine-growing region in South Africa and Portugal has to offer. Our customers have the benefit of single shipments of orders mixed from across our wineries.

AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT
We have chosen good terroir and identity wines that are internationally recognized and have a global distribution network in place.
WE HAVE A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE
We export to 25 countries around the world via more than 85 importers/distributors and major national retailers. 

THINKING AHEAD
We are actively involved with the winemaking process and we constantly stimulate our winemakers to add new and innovative wines and developments to their ranges.

QUALITY CONTROL
The estates we represent are all privately owned and use their own fruit. This means that consistency in quality can be assured.

IN IT FOR THE LONG TERM
We are realistic about the effort it takes to sell wines in the different markets – we keep an eye on the bigger picture.

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