The Winery of Good Hope is a superb winery based in Somerset West in South Africa. The winery was founded in 1998 with a commitment to high quality, great value and respect for their environment. The winery produces wines under three brands, Radford Dale, their flagship wines, Vinum, a second label and the house range Good Hope, a name which reflects the origins of its region and the outlook of the winery.
Although entry level in price, the wines from Good Hope have no less quality and attention to detail as the other wines from the estate, you taste the quality and are then surprised by the price. The fruit is sourced from the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch, Elgin, and the Perderberg area in the Swartland. The focus is on as natural a production as possible although the vineyards are not certified organic. Their aim is to follow a few guiding principles in the production. They grow healthy vines by focusing on vine health and the development of the plant’s own immunity, they are bug-friendly and promote beneficial microorganisms and, in so doing, decrease the effect of nasty ones, they use birds of prey rather than poison to keep the rodents from uprooting the vines. Finally they are down to earth and have implemented a composting programme that’s gradually replaced the need for fertiliser.
The wine making process is non-interventionist, allowing spontaneous ferments with native yeast, and keeping the sulphur level down. These are great wines, they have the fruity vibrancy of the New World with an honest sense of the ground and the grape variety.
From 30 year old bush vines on granite soils.
Full wild yeast ferment, 9 months on the lees in steel with battonage.
Rich and soft, honeyed, waxy, williams pears and quince. Spicy and honeyed on the palate but also balanced with a mineral undertone. Honeyed apples swarm out of the glass followed by Poire William and sweet quince; the texture of the wine is admirable with mouth coating bees-waxy fruit and sweet cinnamon.