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KULIS RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA

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Africa was a wild and untamed place when Joachim Sa first made his way up to the hills about the Kuils River, some 30 kilometres east of the Dutch settlementat the ‘Cape of Good Hope’. The year was 1693, and Sax was one of only 350 ‘free burgers’ (free farmers) granted land by the 9th Dutch Governor, Simonvan der Stel. Situated on the hills above Kuils River between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the vineyards enjoy ideal soil and climatic conditions aided by the cool breezes from False Bay during the summer months. Simple philosophy of Saxenburg is: “A wine signifies a place, what the French call terroir. The better the place is known and understood the better the wine.” This, combined with their policy of summer pruning, results in low-yield vineyards and consequently grapes of the highest quality. Saxenbury farm is over 200 hectares, with some 90 hectares planted to vineyards. The largest planting are denoted to Shiraz, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage. The balance is made up of Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, respectively.