Altitude, ancient soils, slope and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean are elements that distinguish this iconic wine estate from its peers. Each element, in conjunction with fine winemaking practices and vine care plays a significant role in shaping our wines.
The soil of the Helderberg region is fertile and mostly homogenous across the region. It consists predominantly of Table Mountain sandstone resting on Cape Granite. The soil has excellent water and nutrient holding capacity and is rich in kaolinite, iron and aluminium oxides, causing the distinct red colour, associated to the region. Taaibosch is situated on a lens of withered Malmesbury shale, setting it apart from the other vineyards in the region.
Our Estate is situated at an altitude of between 250 and 380 metres above sea level and is located 7.5 km from the False Bay shoreline, to the South. Altitude and proximity to the Antarctic currents of the Atlantic Ocean, allows for natural cooling. It is the exposure to this unhindered inland movement of cool air during the summer months, which contributes to the slow, even ripening of our grapes. These prevailing sea breezes have an additional benefit of protecting the health of our vines throughout the year.
Situated on the lower foothills of the Helderberg Mountain, our vineyards are predominantly westerly facing. On the lower reaches of Taaibosch our Cabernet Sauvignon is planted at an altitude of approximately 250 metres above sea level. The aspect however climbs steeply to an altitude of 380 metres above sea level where our Cabernet franc is planted on the slopes.