Cape Winemakers Guild

Franschhoek’s Celebrated Winemaker

Gottfried Mocke

“It’s that whole creative part of winemaking that excites me. Being able to take something in nature and then transform it into something beautiful.”

After matriculating in South Africa, Gottfried travelled to Germany where he found himself working at Weingut August Kesseler in Assmanshausen in the Rheingau. Realising that he’d found his passion, he apprenticed at a winery in Bingen, while also working part-time at Weingut Johanninger in Biebelsheim. Three years later, Gottfried took up an opportunity at Rex Hill Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon, US – a specialist in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In 1999, he returned to Germany to study viticulture and oenology at LVWO in Weinsber. Further travels within Europe found him working at Domaine de Trévallon in Saint-Etienne-du-Grès in Provence, France.

Gottfried returned to South Africa at the end of 2001 and assumed the position of winemaker at Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek, a position he held for nearly 14 years. During 2015, he joined Boekenhoutskloof Winery in Franschhoek and is the chief winemaker for their operation. Within this set-up, a new exciting project has commenced with the acquisition of an untouched property within the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Gottfried is spearheading this development which involves the clearing of alien growth and restoring the indigenous vegetation while sensibly planting contours of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir between the fynbos for the establishment of the Cap Maritime brand.

  • +27 21 876 2494
  • gottfried@boekenhoutskloof.co.za
  • www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za
  • Franschhoek Appellation

Auctioned Wines

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2018

Crafted from two barrels only. Selected from a high altitude parcel from Kaaimansgat and a maritime vineyard in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Grapes were partially destemmed and spontaneously fermented in concrete vats, with a soft pigeage, twice a day. Matured for 14 months in 50% new French barrique.

Tasting Notes: Refined, complex nose offers cherry, red stone fruit and spicy aromas. The wine has exceptional balance and texture with a youthful elegance, suggesting significant ageing potential.

Drink now and until 2030.

Auction Year: 2021

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2016 and 2017 (3 bottles each vintage)

100% Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin Overberg

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising three bottles of each of the 2016 and 2017 vintages of Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir.

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2016 (3 x 750ml bottles)
A high-altitude parcel from Kaaimansgat. The grapes are partially destemmed and spontaneously fermented in concrete vats with a soft pigeage two to three times a day. The Pinot Noir is matured for 14 months in 40% new barrique after pressing.

Tasting Notes: A refined, complex nose offers aromas of cherry, red floral and spicy notes. The wine has exceptional balance and texture. Drink now to 5 years.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

Alc: 14.2 RS 1.6 TA 5.0 pH 3.56

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2017 (3 x 750ml bottles)
A high altitude parcel from Kaaimansgat, the grapes are partially destemmed and spontaneously fermented in concrete vats with soft pigeage two to three times a day. The Pinot Noir is matured for 15 months in 50% new barrique after pressing.

Tasting Notes: A refi ned, complex nose offers aromas of cherry, red floral and spicy notes. The wine has exceptional balance and texture.

Drink now but will mature well for next 10 years.

This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

Alc: 14.45 RS 1.2 TA 5.0 pH 3.66

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of the Auction

This lot sold for R9 000 excl VAT

Auction Year: 2020

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2017

A high altitude parcel from Kaaimansgat, the grapes are partially destemmed and spontaneously fermented in concrete vats with soft pigeage two to three times a day. The Pinot Noir is matured for 15 months in 50% new barrique after pressing.
Auction Year: 2018

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2016

A high altitude parcel from Kaaimansgat. The grapes are partially destemmed and
spontaneously fermented in concrete vats with a soft pigeage two to three times a day. The
Pinot noir is matured for 14 months in 40% new barrique after pressing.

Auction Year: 2017

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2015

High altitude, low yielding parcel. Traditional vinification methods, spontaneous
fermentation with 15% whole cluster in open concrete fermenters. Prolonged malolactic
fermentation in 50% new 228 litre barriques for 16 months.

Auction Year: 2016

Cape Chamonix CWG Reserve Chardonnay 2013

The grapes were de-stemmed, soft crushed and the must macerated with skins for 8 hours. Spontaneous fermentation took place in traditional 228 litre barriques. The wine was matured for 14 months and underwent malolactic fermentation. 10% of the blend was matured in concrete eggs. Tasting Notes: It has a bright straw colour with golden highlights and exquisite aroma, with scents reminiscent of tropical fruit, ginger, spice and oatmeal. Well-structured and minerally, with flavours of lime and toasted almonds on the palate. This wine is packed in wooden boxes.

Auction Year: 2014

Chamonix Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2011

Grapes were de-stemmed, soft crushed and fermented spontaneously in French barriques and concrete eggs. The wine remained on its lees for 14 months where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The Auction Reserve is a selection from our 24 year old vineyard at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level. Tasting Notes: It has bright straw yellow colour with golden highlights and exquisite aroma with scents reminiscent of tropical fruit, ginger, spice and oatmeal. Well-structured and minerally with flavours of lime, grapefruit and toasted almonds on the palate.

Auction Year: 2012

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