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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA
Based in southerly Stellenbosch the winery was founded in 1998 with a commitment to high quality, great value and respect for their environment. The winery flagship is the renowned Radford Dale with the house range being Good Hope, a name which reflects the origins of its region and the outlook of the winery. Although entry level in price, the wines from Good Hope have no less quality and attention to detail as the other wines from the estate, you taste the quality and are then surprised by the price. The fruit is sourced from the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch, Elgin, and the Perderberg area in the Swartland. The focus is on as natural a production as possible although the vineyards are not certified organic. Their aim is to follow a few guiding principles in the production. They grow healthy grapes by focusing on vine health and the development of the plant’s own immunity. They are bug-friendly and promote beneficial microorganisms and, in so doing, decrease the effect of nasty ones. They use birds of prey rather than poison to keep the rodents from uprooting the vines. Finally they have implemented a composting programme that’s gradually replaced the need for fertiliser. The wine making process is non-interventionist, allowing spontaneous ferments with native yeast, and keeping the sulphur level down.