Carefully laid out on a convergent outcrop of Table Mountain sandstone, Tukulu and Bokkeveld shale, Highlands Road’s vineyards are predominantly south and west facing to maximally embrace the cool climate growing opportunities presented by our unique terroir.
From West to East the farm slopes gently up from the bottom dam alongside the eponymous Highlands Road, while the south side falls towards the Valley Road.
Strategically positioned dams take advantage of the natural drainage and ample rainfall to provide a precious store while beautifying the area and providing for leisure activities.
With all the vines having been clonally selected for the terroir, Chardonnay and Semillon are planted at the lowest part with Sauvignon Blanc, our biggest planting, on four different sites ranging from the lowest to the highest point across all the soil types – wonderful for complexity!
Syrah, on a shallow incline facing north, and Pinot Noir make up the balance of our treasures, all tended by our team under the watch of renowned viticulturalist Paul Wallace.
About two hundred olive trees, some two hectares of plums that have been there for decades, and a scattering of various fruit trees complete the scene.
We have a bit of fallow land on which we’re going to put more Chardonnay and Syrah, and maybe small plantings of a few other varieties to have some fun in the cellar --- how about letting us know which you think they should be.