WALKER BAY SHIRAZ
“Rugged terrain and vast vistas of azure sea and sky are enhanced by the close proximity of pounding surf — this is a place of drama and the wines that come from these soils reflect that in both taste and aroma.”
- Niels Verburg
The Maremmana Estate
In 2010 Carteirra Founder Peter Stuart established a wine and polo estate called Maremmana just outside Hermanus in Walker Bay, about 45 minutes along the southern coast from Cape Town.
Close to the southernmost point of Africa the Estate is framed by mountains and within sight of the sea. The cool climate of the Bay is influenced by the cold Atlantic with mild temperate conditions. The surrounding mountains provide shelter and trap the cloud cover as well as retain the cool winds and moisture helping to create a microclimate ideal for making Shiraz. The grapes benefit from slow ripening conditions and the cooling effect of the wind, and the presence of the ocean leads to grapes which are rich in flavour. The predominantly Bokkeveld shale and Table Mountain sandstones add unique soil conditions to this special terroir.
Could any other vineyard claim to be any closer to an ocean in the world? This unique site is spectacularly situated on the valley sides of the Bot River Lagoon – within earshot of the ocean waves that crash against the sand bar across the river mouth.
Close proximity to the sea makes for cool, breezy conditions and in combination with the moisture-retentive weathered shale soils, results in wines with great natural balance. The estate covers 70 hectares of vines and is planted to Shiraz on carefully selected sites with predominately Bokkeveld shale soils.