Three of South Africa's rapidly emerging wineries
Mulderbosch Vineyards traces its beginnings back to 1692 and the infancy of South Africa’s wine industry. It is a relatively small farm (21+ producing hectares, a little over 50 acres) located in the prime Koelenhof Area of the Stellenbosch District and was resurrected in 1989 after nearly a century of viticultural inactivity. An interesting side result, locally called the wind tunnel effect, benefits the Koelenhof growing area by cooling the vineyards during the long, hot summer months.
One of Mulderbosch’s partners, winemaker Mike Dobrovic, is generally acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading white wine producers and has generated numerous international awards during his career. The Mulderbosch Vineyards selection is called the Faithful Hound and is named for a large and hairy farm dog named Bos who maintained a three-year vigil after the farm’s owner abandoned him. After his own death, Bos was buried under the apple tree where he maintained his vigil.
The wine itself is a long finish meritage blend of Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, and is generally considered one of Stellenbosch’s finest reds.
Map of the area
Reading a South African Wine Label
South Africa has specific laws in place to strictly control wine quality and ensure each wine’s origin, authenticity, and style. The Wine and Spirit Board oversees these regulations by keeping the Wine of Origin and Integrated Production of Wine schemes in check. These laws also standardize wine labels.
South Africa’s mandatory and optional wine label requirements:
(m) = mandatory information on label; (o) = optional information
Mulderbosch Vineyards and Waterford Wine Estate are situated near the beautiful historical town of Stellenbosch which lies in the centre of South Africa’s premier wine-producing district and boasts a winemaking tradition that stretches back to the start of the 17th century. Stellenbosch University is the only university in South Africa with a viticultural and oenological department and many of the country’s most successful winemakers studied there.
Conditions in this district are particularly well suited to many of the noble vine varieties. The Hutton and Clovelly soils of the valley floors give way to more granite soils on the mountain slopes. The average rainfall varies from 600 to 800mm a year. The rapidly increasing number of wine estates and producers (in excess of 110) include some of the most famous names in Cape wine.