The Afrikaans word Kloof has a similar origin to the English word cleft and refers to a gap or gorge between two hills. Our version is spelt with a “C” in the old fashioned Dutch way and the logo symbolizes the contours of a ploughed hillside. Cloof’s vineyards cover nearly 400 hectares which provides our winemakers with a wide range of building blocks even within the same grape variety.
The estate has been under the same family ownership for two decades and the vineyard area was significantly increased with plantings every year from 1998 to 2000 bringing the total to over 150 hectares of which the majority is Bush Vines. The 240 hectares of vineyards at neighbouring Burghers Post are under the same ownership which gives Cloof unparalleled access and control to top quality fruit.
Bold and rich flavours are trade mark of the extreme growing conditions we experience when producing in excess of 700,000 bottles a year.The vineyards were planted in 1966 when Darling was better known as a wheat farming area.
Cloof’s oldest surviving vines were planted in 1966, with additional plantings in 1976 and 1987. In that time Darling, adjacent to the Swartland, was better known as a wheat farming region. A cellar was completed in time for the 1998 harvest, which allowed the first release of Cloof wines during the course of 1999.
Our ground breaking new wines hail from one of South Africa’s most talked about wine regions. They have superb fruit ripeness similar to top Australian reds merged with a European balance and elegance. Originating from cool zones and coupled with modern progressive wine techniques. Our wines are all about pure, clearly defined fruit.
The unique style and quality of Cloof wines are directly attributed to the grapes produced by the vineyard where the vines are pre dominantly dry bush vines that benefit from the regions amazing combination of soil type and climate. These wines are known for their bold and rich flavors with smooth tannic structures and are a direct result of the extreme conditions during the growing season which allows Cloof to harvest when the grapes are at optimal ripeness.
Each wine is determined from our Head Winemaker, Hennie Huskisson's passion for creating styles that reflect what this unique region has to offer and the high quality of grapes that are produced. The wine is then created with their own personality and character where then the identity of the wine label is created to reflect individuality.
The portfolio consists of entry level to premium categories and contemporary to traditional styles, which offers an extensive range of quality and award winning wines that are created to meet each markets needs in terms of positioning and value as well as consistency within each vintage.