Eerste Hoop – waiting to be discovered. Adventurous wine lovers have another discovery to make, Eerste Hoop, a 25Ha farm off-the-beaten track near Bot River, is reviving a little bit of history and giving birth to a boutique wine cellar under the passionate care of a team that believes in the fundamentals – kept it simple, clean and well cared for; from the vineyard to the bottle. Eerste Hoop has the benefit of being planned and designed from vineyard plantings for the production of quality grapes, to a cellar equiped to produce exactly the style of wine required by the owners. The team consists of veteran winemaker Philip Costandius and Adriaan Strauss, farm foreman.
The style of wines include a top of the range Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon, Pinot noir and a wooded Chardonnay. These wines will be labeled under the Eerste Hoop label, giving recognition to the historic hunting lodge of Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel, who used to visit the valley to hunt. An iconic white blend named Lodewijkx, named after the owner, will also be released in limited quantities.
Under the Witklip label two cultivar wines are produced, namely Shiraz and Chardonnay. These are essentially fruit driven, every day, quaffing wines. Ultimately we are aiming to get the best out of each parcel of vineyards to suite a particular wine style. All the wines are made and bottled on the estate.
Eerste Hoop is a discovery worth making the journey for; a wine gem waiting to be unearthed by the adventurous traveller.