Saxenburg (South Africa)
2003 Wine Magazine, October Edition Saxenburg Wine Farm rated as one of South Africa's Top Ten estates of the past ten years
Between two mighty oceans, on the southern tip of Africa, lies the historic Saxenburg Wine farm. Situated on the hills above Kuils River between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the vineyards enjoy ideal soil and climatic conditions aided by the cool breezes from False Bay during the summer months. Combined with this is the winery policy of summer pruning which results in low-yield vineyards and consequently grapes of the highest quality.
Saxenburg farm is over 200 hectares, with some 90 hectares planted to vineyards. The largest plantings are denoted to Shiraz, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinotage. The balance is made up of Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, respectively.
The Buhrer family of Switzerland acquired Saxenburg in 1989 and over the past decade Adrian together with his wife Birgit and their young family, have lovingly dedicated themselves to reviving the proud family tradition of Saxenburg's historic past, ensuring its growth and development in future years.
Saxenburg wines are based on a simple philosophy: "A wine signifies a place, what the French call terroir. The better the place is known and understood the better the wine."
At Saxenburg, the complete focus is on the wine. Not the winery, not the marketing, not the label design. Great wines require great fruit. Wine growing, not winemaking, is the secret behind great vintages. If the selection of grapes in the vineyard is right, one does not need fancy tricks in the cellar. The best treatment for wine, is no treatment.
Combined with this philosophy is the policy of summer pruning which results in low-yield vineyards and consequently grapes of the highest quality.
Saxenburg has the best of two worlds: the grapes and fruit driven qualities of the New World and the finesse of the Old World.
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Visit the Saxenburg Website at www.saxenburg.com!