Riebeek Cellars opened in 1941 in the small town of Riebeek Kasteel in Swartland, a region of exceptional agricultural importance and vinicultural potential. Grapes are sourced from the fertile valley and the mountain slopes where growing conditions benefit from the Mediterranean style climate.
The Fairtrade initiative was started in 2004 with the planting of 15 ha of Sauvignon Blanc on the Highfield Farm. It is now known as Partnership Vineyards and received Fairtrade accreditation in 2010. Expanding to 60 ha and 150 staff it has developed into a self-sufficient and profitable unit growing some of the best quality fruit in Swartland. The company is 40% owned by farmers, 40% by cellar workers with Riebeek holding a 20% share and responsible for marketing their wines under the Partnership label.
Partnership Sauvignon Blanc. After fermentation is completed, various vineyards are blended to obtain the best characteristics; the aim is to create a definite herbaceous style and ensure a crisp and fresh wine.
Partnership Shiraz. Malolactic fermentation is carried out with French oak chips and American oak staves, then blended with wine matured in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 12 months.
This is a full bodied wine with plums and seductive spice flavours on the nose and a velvety palate with a lingering aftertaste of enticing Christmas pudding flavours.
Code / Product / Vintage:
|1724||Partnership 'Fair Trade' Sauvignon Blanc||2009||Screw cap|
|1725||Partnership 'Fair Trade' Shiraz||2008||Screw cap|
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