Cape Winemakers Guild

Bot River’s Benchmark-Setting Winemaker

Sebastian Beaumont

“The last twenty years, we realised that you only really know once you make wine from a grape what the potential of the wine can be. Life is too short to try and make everything work for everybody, you know. You can’t satisfy everybody’s taste in wine.”

Sebastian was born in Bot River soon after his family bought an old wine farm, then called Compagnes Drift, in 1974. After a few years of travel and study, Sebastian returned to the family fold in 1999. Sebastian’s passion for Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Syrah and Mourvèdre has driven the focus of the wines, resulting in him creating one of the benchmark Chenins in South Africa, the Beaumont Hope Marguerite.

Producing wines that proudly express their Bot River origin is the key to Sebastian’s philosophy. Using very simple winemaking techniques of natural fermentation in concrete fermenters and mostly older oak, he is able to capture the purity and character of some of the 40-years and older vines. Sebastian, together with his wife Nici, will be taking the family business into the future.

  • +27 28 284 9194
  • sebastian@beaumont.co.za
  • www.beaumont.co.za
  • Bot River Appellation

Auctioned Wines

Beaumont Family Wines Hope Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2022

Auction Year: 2023

Beaumont Family Wines Hope Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2022

100% Chenin Blanc
Wine of Origin Bot River

  • The Hope Single Vineyard has been the backbone of our Hope Marguerite wine since 1996.
  • The vineyard was planted in 1978.
  • This is a Bot River expression of Chenin Blanc in its purest form.
  • The wine expresses both the elegance and the intensity that Chenin Blanc can produce in a wine.
  • Only one barrel was produced.

Tasting Notes: Bright in colour with a delicate hint of golden straw. Pear and apple aromas with a layer of spice. The palate is fresh on the entry, with a lovely acidity that cuts through the richness.

Ready for drinking in 5 to 10 years.

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 10 000
  • Lowest: R 5 000
  • Average: R 6 352

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 86
  • Cases Auctioned: 54

Analysis

  • Alc: 12.37 vol%
  • RS: 2.6 g/l
  • TA: 6.1 g/l
  • pH: 3.24

Beaumont Family Wines Arturo’s Pinotage 2021

Auction Year: 2023

Beaumont Family Wines Arturo’s Pinotage 2021

100% Pinotage
Wine of Origin Bot River

The vineyard was planted in 1974 by Raoul Beaumont on the east-facing slope of the Beaumont farm on cool, clay-rich shale soils.

  • Very low yielding single vineyard site.
  • Arthur Pillman from Goedvertrouw Estate in Bot River allowed Sebastian to make a wine in 1993 from this vineyard. The wine was called “Arthuro-Sebastiano”.
  • Arthur was the person who inspired Sebastian to start winemaking.
  • This wine illustrates the beauty of the cooler climate, old vine style of Pinotage.

Tasting Notes: Bright purple in colour. Perfumed with intense fruit and spice from the grape.

Fresh, fine tannins on the palate are beautifully coated by the fruit.

Ready for drinking in 10 to 15 years.

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 10 000
  • Lowest: R 5 833
  • Average: R 7 000

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 113
  • Cases Auctioned: 50

Analysis

  • Alc: 12.58 vol%
  • RS: 1.6 g/l
  • TA: 5.3 g/l
  • pH: 3.59

Beaumont Family Wines Hope Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2020

Auction Year: 2022

Beaumont Family Wines Hope Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2020

100% Chenin Blanc

We have two registered single vineyards on the farm that go into producing our flagship Chenin Blanc. One is called GG’s Vineyard and the other, Hope Vineyard. This wine is produced from one barrel of the Hope Single Vineyard block. It is a vineyard that was planted in 1978 and forms the backbone of the Hope Marguerite wine. Naturally fermented in 400 litre second fill French oak and matured on the gross lees until just before bottling.

Tasting Note: Bright in colour. Delicate green apple and tropical fruits on the nose with a hint of oak. Fresh acid and limey citrus flavours give the wine a medium weight and a fresh long finish.

Drink in three years’ time.

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R7 250
  • Lowest: R5 500
  • Average: R6 288

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 59
  • Cases Auctioned: 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 11.53 vol%
  • RS: 2.1 g/l
  • TA: 5.6 g/l
  • pH: 3.19

Beaumont Family Wines Whole Bunch Mourvèdre 2017

Auction Year: 2021

Beaumont Family Wines Whole Bunch Mourvèdre 2017

100% Mourvèdre

Very simple and straightforward winemaking techniques were used to capture the essence of the grape. Hand-harvested at optimal ripeness and put into a fruit bin to start a natural fermentation that was 100% whole-bunch fermented. Gentle mixing of the juice to start, followed by regular punch-downs later in the fermentation. Bottled two years after maturation in a third-fill barrel.

Tasting Notes: Classic spicy, plum and dried herbs on the nose follow onto a palate of stewed fruit and spice, with the signature fine-grained tannins you get from Mourvèdre. Extra fine grip from the whole bunches.

Ready for drinking between 2025 and 2030.

This wine is packed in a wooden box

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 500.00
  • Lowest: R 4 167.00
  • Average: R 4 713.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 68
  • Cases Auctioned 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 13.55 vol%
  • RS: 2.00 g/l
  • TA: 5.90 g/l
  • pH: 3.57

Beaumont Family Wines Leo’s Whole Bunch Chenin Blanc 2017

Auction Year: 2019

Beaumont Family Wines Leo’s Whole Bunch Chenin Blanc 2017

This is the second version of a whole bunch fermentation that I have put in bottle. The first one was made in 2011, the year that my son Leo was born. Since then I have experimented with this style of wine every year. The 2017 is the first vintage I thought should go into bottle.


The grapes were in perfect condition. The wine spent 8 days fermenting on the skins, was then pressed off and taken to barrel for the end of fermentation. Matured on gross lees for 18 months in a new barrel.

Tasting notes: Light, straw colour from the time on the skins. Aromas of spicy and floral fruit. Hint of oak. Inviting palate of fresh fruit, spice and grainy texture. Leaves your mouth watering for the next sip.

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 600.00
  • Lowest: R 3 200.00
  • Average: R 3 560.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 80
  • Cases Auctioned 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 11.99 vol%
  • RS: 1.70 g/l
  • TA: 5.90 g/l
  • pH: 3.36

Beaumont Family Wines Whole Bunch Mourvèdre 2016

Auction Year: 2018

Beaumont Family Wines Whole Bunch Mourvèdre 2016

Mourvèdre is a fantastically misunderstood grape. We have been producing single varietal Mourvèdre since 1999 at Beaumont. This was my first attempt at doing 100% whole cluster natural fermentation with the grape. I produced one 400 litre barrel of this wine. It was fantastic from the start and I thought this would be a great wine to submit as my Guild offering. I think 2016 was the perfect vintage in Bot River for this kind of winemaking. Elegance, fruit, freshness and purity sum this wine up.

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 400.00
  • Lowest: R 3 800.00
  • Average: R 4 410.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 78
  • Cases Auctioned 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 14.19 vol%
  • RS: 2.10 g/l
  • TA: 5.60 g/l
  • pH: 3.55

Beaumont Family Wines Chenin Blanc Demi-Sec 2016

Auction Year: 2017

Beaumont Family Wines Chenin Blanc Demi-Sec 2016

I have only made a demi-sec style of Chenin once before. The Loire has always made
beautiful demi-sec styles. The grapes came from our oldest vines planted in 1974. The natural fermentation didn’t fi nish completely dry in this one barrel so I decided to keep it like this and bottle it as a potential wine for my CWG offering. I love the way it expresses the grapes’ purity with that slight bit of residual that makes the wine more complex and layered.

 Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 4 000.00
  • Lowest: R 3 200.00
  • Average: R 3 710.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 75
  • Cases Auctioned 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 12.00 vol%
  • RS: 16.00 g/l
  • TA: 7.60 g/l
  • pH: 3.07

Beaumont Family Wines ‘Moerse Moer’ Chenin Blanc 2015

Auction Year: 2016

Beaumont Family Wines ‘Moerse Moer’ Chenin Blanc 2015

Since 2010 I have been bulk filtering the solids of my Chenin juice. This is the 2015 version. I always found fascinating herbal, acidic gritty flavours in these solids. So with the help of a bulk filter I cleaned up this juice and then fermented it in barrel for about seven months. Occasionally winemaking experiments produce something amazing. I love the Afrikaans description for when something is amazing it’s, “Moerse”! This was a “moerse lekker” portion of lees (also known as “moer” in Afrikaans).

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 5 400.00
  • Lowest: R 4 600.00
  • Average: R 4 870.00

Packaging

  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 88
  • Cases Auctioned 40

Analysis

  • Alc: 12.68 vol%
  • RS: 2.80 g/l
  • TA: 6.70 g/l
  • pH: 3.21

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