Trans-Karoo

Bring hul huis toe! / Bring them home!”

The Trans-Karoo was the name given to the daily express passenger train that ran from Cape Town to Johannesburg and on which one could view the vast expanses of the interior and all the towns which dotted the line. There were actually two Trans-Karoo’s running daily, one from the North and one from the South, and they’d pass each other in the middle the night. This great train route, was immortalized in South African culture in Herman Holtzhausen’s “treffer” Trans-Karoo – about he’s love who’s on the train home.

A limited release - only 1500 bottles of each - of the patriotic varietals – Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. These wines are crafted from fruit hand harvested from gnarled old bush vines in the Paardeberg and coaxed into the bottle by minimalist wine making techniques.


Trans-Karoo Pinotage

Plush, elegant, smooth and “old skool” Pinotage. Fresh strawberries and black hedgerow fruits with a hint of cured meat and spice. Barrel matured in seasoned French barrique for 16 months and if patient will mature for the next decade or so without too much effort.

Trans-Karoo Chenin Blanc

Bold, complex and not at all bashful. The bouquet bombards one with dried apricot and peach, coconut shavings, ripe pineapple, banana custard, fresh cream, peach-pip and spice. The palate is full, rich and ripe with an underlying minerality which lingers long after the last sip.

Produced in a true Swartland ”old school”-style and aged for 12 months in a combination of seasoned French, Hungarian and American oak 500L barrels.