L'Olivier's Vineyards are planted on the higher slopes of the property ranging from 220m to 300m above sea level. Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were chosen because of their ability to produce premium wine from our magnificent terroir. 21ha of the total 78ha were planted with vines.
All vineyards were established on VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) trellising systems and 75% are farmed as dry-land vineyards (without any irrigation). They are all pruned and harvested by hand.
There are seven Sauvignon blanc vineyards established between 1995 and 2006. Each with different aspects and variation in soil types. Four were planted with east-west row direction and the remaining three with a north-south row direction. This offers different flavour profiles to choose from. All the Sauvignon blanc vineyards are facing South towards False Bay and therefore are exposed to the cool breezes from the ocean which enhances the delicate flavours of the variety. Soils range from Oakleaf, Tukulu and Villafontes to one vineyard planted on a well-drained Klapmuts which also happens to be the highest vineyard on the property at 300m above sea level.
Our Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1995 on a south-western facing slope and slightly lower down than the Sauvignon Blancs as Chardonnay prefers a more sheltered site for better fruit set.
The row direction is North-South which is in the same direction as the prevailing summer wind which will cool the grapes down and reduce disease pressure. The soil type for the Chardonnay is Oakleaf.
Three vineyards were planted between 2000 and 2004 on three very different sites. West, North-east and south-west facing sites offer different conditions and therefor different aroma profiles.
Row directions are North-west to south east and North to south. Soil types are decomposed granite and range from very young courser soils to much finer textured and older soils. All well-drained and mostly Oakleaf.