This vibrant Colombard is bursting with bright, citrus fruit, layered over tropical notes. It is a variety with a long history in South Africa, largely thanks to its use in historical brandy production. As a result, Rebel Rebel has been able to work with this very special, old vine vineyard on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch.
A couple of days before the harvest, winemaker Kayleigh goes into the vineyard and cultures a natural “pied de cuve” which she describes as: “Basically a yeast 'bomb' made up from all the ambient yeast in the vineyards”, to kick start fermentation.
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Kayleigh Hattingh is a first-generation winemaker, who grew up in the shadow of the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch. She studied Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University, before travelling the world, working at Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines, Ovid in Napa Valley and Terroir al Limit in Priorat.
She decided to return home in 2018 when an opportunity arose to join Kaapzicht Wine Estate as their assistant winemaker. She came across two special dry-farmed plots of Syrah and Colombard, perched atop a granite hill on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills. The soil is typical to the area - rich in granite over a deep seam of well-drained clay. Excavated granite boulders surround the vines and frame a view of Table Mountain in the distance. A breeze from False Bay cools the grapes in the summer, so the grapes mature slowly and evenly and preserve natural acidity.
Kayleigh makes wine with minimal intervention. She describes Rebel Rebel Wines as a project: "Founded in the chaos of the 2020 vintage. The wines are made naturally. No alterations or adjustments. Just pure terroir and honest reflections thereof".
You can read more about Kayleigh and her wines on our blog.