This cool southern part of Stellenbosch is very special, and in our opinion should be demarcated as a separate appellation within Stellenbosch. Its poor decomposed granite soil and constant ocean influence make for excellent wine.
Our parcels on Rustenhof farm were planted in 1978 on the upper slopes of a little granite hill called Sinai. These blocks look out over False Bay, literally close enough (4kms) to see the waves breaking on a clear day. The South-East wind is their constant companion during the summer months.
These fantastic parcels make Nautical Dawn and also play a key role in Cartology. The wines themselves usually have a terrific nose, mostly driven by yellow fruit and some soft spices. The palate is a raucous affair, unabashed flavour, ripping acidity, seasoned with salt.