Dornier’s wines draw unique strength viticulturally given that vines planted at Dornier are established on diverse soil types, aspects and altitudes. This allows us to determine the best grape variety and clone to plant for each piece of land.
Soils at Dornier include ancient deep, decomposed red and yellow granite, Tukulu (yellow) and Oakleaf (red) soils as well as Table Mountain Sandstone which have varying amounts of clay content that provide good moisture retention whilst keeping the vine roots cool. These complex soils play an integral role in imparting unique characters to Dornier’s wines as does the range in altitude of the vineyards – being between 100 and 200 metres above sea level. The multitude of aspects further add to vineyard diversity and wine character whilst the high Stellenbosch Mountain peaks trap the cool Atlantic breezes which slow the ripening processes thereby creating intense flavours in the wines.
Vines planted at Dornier include noble grape varieties of Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Tempranillo.