De Waal Signal Rock consistently receives 4 stars or more in the John Platter Wine Guide. This vintage is not rated yet. The previous vintage was one of the top 25 Blends at the Old Mutual Trophy Show 2016.
This is a dark coloured wine, with beautiful fresh black fruit and mulberries. It is voluptuous and rich, with a velvety, round finish.
Future Maturation Potential: 8 - 10 years
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Pinotage, 15% Merlot
It will pair well with a good Fillet, Lamb Shank, or Osso Bucco dish.
In The Vineyard
This phenomenon can still be seen today, during the winter months, from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards on the farm. Location of Vineyard: On warmer north-facing slopes Soil Type: Gravel & loam Age of Vineyards: 20 - 30 years Root Stock: R 99 Method of Trellising: 3 wire-hedge
About The Harvest
Harvest Date: March 2017 Sugar level at Harvest: 24.5°B Yield per Hectare: 5 tonnes per hectare
In The Cellar
Our Blend is produced in limited quantities. Cellar Maturation: 18 months 225-litre French oak, 33% new, 67% second fill barrels. Bottling Date: September 2019
This story comes a long way and was told by Jan de Waal, the grandfather of the current owner, Pieter de Waal.
Jan started farming on the family farm in 1913. In the early days, horses were used to plow and work the vineyards. During winter days, daily around 12h00, the sun shone on a rock on the Stellenbosch Mountain. This was an indication (the signal) to the workers, who didn’t own watches at the time, that it was time for a lunch break.