Roundstone is the beautiful Swartland base of our Mullineux and Kloof Street labels, where a large portion of our Swartland fruit comes from. The property is situated on the South Western slopes of Kasteelberg Mountain between Malmesbury and Riebeek Kasteel, in our experience, one of the best areas in the Swartland for grapes.
We have been working with the Syrah vineyard since 2007. It is the source of fruit for our Mullineux Schist Syrah and also a key component of our Mullineux Syrah.
We acquired the property in 2014 and, together with our viticulturist Rosa and farm manager Jeandre, have started an exciting planting program that will run from 2015 to 2018. We will be planting more Syrah, and also Chenin blanc, Grenache (noir and blanc), Cinsault, Clairette blanche, Carignan, Semillon Gris, Roussanne, Maccabeu, and some more esoteric varieties.
The soils on Roundstone are all based on a bedrock of very deep Schist, with the top soils varying from heavy, hard blue schist, through lovely weathered brown schist with veins of quartz and also some very deep colluvial soils that have settled from erosion of the Table Mountain Sandstone on the top of Kasteelberg. The heavy rocky soils tend to produce deeply structured red wines and white wines with lovely texture.
We follow a reasoned farming approach in the vineyards at Roundstone, so we do not make use of weed killers, insecticides or any systemic fungicides. We plant a variety of cover crops in the winter to prevent erosion, build the organic matter in the soil, provide shade for the soils and to prevent weeds from growing in the vines. We also make extensive use of mulch and composts, which we are making ourselves from organic matter on the farm and also from the free ranging Nguni cattle on the property.
Roundstone is a truly magical farm and we invite you to visit us here to experience it first hand. We are open for tastings at Roundstone by appointment on Fridays .