Hillcrest Estate is a boutique winery which vinifies between 40-50 tons of grapes per year. This equates to approximately 33 000 bottles of wine, evenly split between white and red wines, making Hillcrest wines unique and highly sort after.
Hillcrest produces three ranges of wine: Hillcrest, Saartjie single vineyard and Metamorphic. The entry-level Hillcrest Range comprises of Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and lightly oaked red blend. The Saartjie single vineyard a Semillon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The flagship or Metamorphic Range includes Quarry (a Merlot), Hornfels (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) and Atlantic Slopes (a Sauvignon Blanc). The Hornfels’ grape components varies from year to year depending on the quality of the blending components. Both the Quarry and Hornfels wines spend 18 months in new and second fill 225L French oak barrels. After blending and a light filtration the wines are bottled and matured for a further 12 months before release.
Before fermentation red grapes are cold soaked to extract maximum colour and varietal flavour. White wines remain on the gross lees for up to 72 hours before cold fermentation is initiated. Different commercial yeasts are used to liberate a variety of fruit flavors to enhance wine complexity. Red varieties undergo regular juice pump-overs before the start of fermentation. After malolactic fermentation is complete the wine is racked into new & second fill French Oak barrels for further maturation.
Hillcrest is a registered Estate and as such the wines express a sense of place as only grapes grown on the farm are vinified. Generally the white wines have a lime/citrus flavour and zesty natural acidity while the red wines are medium bodied, elegant with powerful fruit expression and a memorable persistence. Alcohol concentrations tend to be at a lower less intrusive level. While some of the wines receive regular 4 star ratings in the Platter Wine Guide and silver & bronze medals at the annual Veritas wine competition its greatest achievement was winning the Grand Roche Trophy for the best Merlot at the 2007 Old Mutual wine show.
Our wine is for sale at the tasting room on the Estate or can also be ordered through our online shop with free delivery in the Cape Peninsula.
Monday to Sunday
9:00am – 17:00pm
Enquiries +27 (0)21 970 5800
Nelkenweg 8a 42549 Velbert
+49 (0)2051 309 936 2