Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.
The Pirate of Cocoa Hill rouge
Western Cape :: South Africa
Dornier Wines is a family owned and operated producer of premium wines located in the Blaauwklippen Valley in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The vineyards have been planted on the foots of the Stellenbosch Mountain and the Helderberg, an area that benefits from diverse microclimates and the cooling effects of the breezes coming from the Atlantic Ocean. These conditions help us in the pursuit of our signature style, which can be described as fresh and fruity, that pair well with food.
Dornier is also well known for its architecture and label design. Dornier is part of the Biodiversity and Wine initiative and has dedicated 20 hectares of its land to conservation. Dornier as embarked on its own encompassing Green initiative which includes aspects such as electricity, water treatment, lightweight bottles, and recycling. Dornier is also involved in a range of social responsibility initiatives.
25% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Petit Verdot
1% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards on the decomposed red granite soils of Cocoa Hill - a hilltop in the folds of the Stellenbosch Mountain, superbly positioned in the prime South African terroir.
The wines individually spent approximately 8 - 10 days in vineyard specific batches for the primary alcoholic fermentation with gentle pump overs for colour and tannin extraction being performed twice daily. The wines then underwent malolactic fermentation providing complexity and fullness.
Certain batches were carefully barrel matured for 14 months in second fill French oak barrels and a small un-oaked component was used to provide a fresh and lively character.
full, fresh and lively with a dense yet very supple tannin structure and a well-balanced, integrated acidity leaving a persistent finish
braised oxtail, boeuf bourguignon, charcuterie platter