Lost and Found is straw wine made from an ancient Hanepoot (Muscat Alexandrie) vineyard. This is a one-off wine for us, and a wine of great personal significance for me. It is the last vintage farmed by the De Wet Boonzaaier family who lived on and farmed Gevonden for six generations.
Gevonden is not far from Rawsonville at the spot where the sheers cliffs of Du Toitskloof open into the Breedekloof. The three-century old farmhouse lies just across the Moolenaars river, tucked up against the mountains. Right in front of the old farmhouse is a vineyard considered by many to be the oldest commercially productive parcel of vines in South Africa. In the Cape, record keeping of vineyard planting dates started in 1900, so unfortunately nothing can officially pre-date that year. We do know that Gevonden was recorded as being in production by 1900. According to the De Wet/Boonzaaier family history, these Hanepoot vines were in fact planted by one Jacobus Hendrik Stofberg De Wet in the year of our Lord 1882. The soil is light alluvial sand and loam over river stones.
Varieties: 100% Hanepoot (Bushvines)
Lost and Found
It sits in the glass like a smouldering ember, joyous, full of sunshine, reeking of apricots and marmalade fireworks. It tastes completely decadent: Fiery and silky; sweet and sour. I hope I live long enough to taste it after a few decades in bottle.
Winemaking and Maturation
The 2019 vintage saw a good size crop that attained full ripeness by midMarch. We spread the grapes on wooden racks and on shade cloth, allowing them to dry outdoors for a full two weeks. We pressed the resulting raisins for five days at full pressure, yielding syrup with a sugar concentration of around 54 Brix (54% mass/volume). This juice fermented for more than a year in stainless steel, finally becoming stable at just over 7% alc with a residual sugar of around 450g/l.
RS: 450 g/litre
Wine of origin: Breedekloof (Single Vineyard)
Production: 5300 bottles
Bottling: June 2020