Pierre Wahl

Born in Port Elizabeth and then living in Gauteng for 11 years, who would have thought that such a beginning would result in Pierre Wahl becoming a winemaker one day. Early on, his passion for nature fuelled a teenage dream of being a nature conservationist. Travelling regularly with his father, a citrus consultant, Pierre soon realised that citrus farming was limited to looking, listening and tasting in the orchard.

Opportunities for product creativity and ageing were frustratingly lacking. It was then that Pierre discovered that winemaking ticked all the boxes – allowing freedom of creativity, possessing on-going developmental and ageing factors, affording a sense of true accomplishment and happiness. A challenging world that demands resourcefulness, ingenuity, perseverance and brilliance to succeed year after year. After a year’s defence force duty, he attended Elsenburg – the youngest student in his class to study cellar technology.

Graduating in 1995, he commenced his winemaking career at Niel Joubert Wines in Paarl as chief winemaker. In 1998 he accepted a challenging appointment at Môreson in Franschhoek. It was here where he gained most of his winemaking experience and traveled the wine world.

Pierre’s belief to this day is that his wines have a unique signature – a direct result of never being an assistant winemaker under prescribed winemaking conditions. Pierre has consulted to various wineries in the Tulbagh area and in 2007 his decision to participate in the Northern Rhône harvest supported his continued view that Tulbagh is best suited to bigger berry varieties including Rhône cultivars and Pinotage.

Those 4 years at Môreson groomed him for his current position as winemaker at Rijk’s, Tulbagh – a position he has held since 2002 and one that has seen him win numerous awards, including Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 2016 with a Chenin Blanc.

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Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2018

100% Chenin Blanc

Estate Wine of Origin Tulbagh

Grapes from a 14-year-old bush vine vineyard were picked by hand in the cool of the night to capture the true flavours of this diverse variety. The wine was naturally fermented in a new and second fill 300 litre French oak barrel and left for 14 months before racking and bottling. After fermentation, sulphur was only added before spring 2018. This allowed for yeast cell autolysis to take place, preventing any sulphur compounds forming that could lead to reductive characters. No malolactic fermentation took place.

Even though 2018 was a vintage of drought, we still managed to produce a wine with great power, without compromising on elegance.

Tasting Notes: Fresh white peach and gooseberry nose accompanied by notes of cracked almonds. These aromas carry through on a rich, multi-layered palate with a lingering, yet gentle, aftertaste.

Ready for drinking in 2024 and beyond.

Auction Year: 2020

Rijk’s CWG Chenin Blanc 2016

100% Chenin
Blanc Estate Wine of Origin Tulbagh

Two lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Rijk’s CWG Chenin Blanc 2016 This wine was made in a drought year, where our crop was 50% less than that of normal. The 2016 wines were more concentrated and structured, increasing the longevity of this wine.

The grapes were gently crushed and pressed, 100% barrel fermented and matured for 16 months in a new and a second fill 300 litre French oak barrel. This wine was fermented with natural yeast to ensure that the uniqueness of our distinct terroir was revealed. Fermentation took eight months to complete. Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged in order to protect the varietal characters.

Tasting Notes: Delicate yellow fruit aromas on the nose with hints of pineapple and apricot, followed by the presence of cashew nuts. These aromas carry through on a rich multi-layered palate with a long aftertaste. Drink now and for the next five years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

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

Alc: 14.39     RS 5.0     TA 6.1    pH 3.31

Auction Year: 2020

Rijk’s CWG Pinotage 2015

100% Pinotage
Estate Wine of Origin Tulbagh

Two lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Rijk’s CWG Pinotage 2015.

The 2015 vintage was regarded as one of the best in the last 50 years, which will be discovered when drinking this wine!

The grapes were hand-picked at night. A 48-hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation. Pigeage took place three times a day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 5° balling. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrels, racked, returned and left to mature for 22 months in a new and a second fill French oak barrel. No fining agents used and the wine was only filtered lightly at bottling.

Tasting Notes: Intense cherry to blackberry aromas, supported by well-integrated oak nuances on the nose. Fullbodied, juicy palate filled with elegant and lingering red fruit flavours. Soft, rounded tannin structure.

Drink in the next 5 to 10 years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

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

Alc: 14.63     RS 1.8     TA 6.0     pH 3.39

Auction Year: 2020

Rijk's CWG Pinotage 2016

The grapes were hand-picked at night. A 48-hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation. Pigeage took place three times a day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 4° Balling. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in a new and a second ll 300 litre French oak barrel.

Tasting Notes: This opaque, black coloured wine has a complex nose of liquorice and blackcurrant, supported by some fynbos aromas. These exquisite aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy palate.

Auction Year: 2019

Rijk's CWG Pinotage 2015

Grapes were hand-picked at night. A 48 hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation. Pigeage took place three times a day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 5° balling. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrels, racked, returned and left to mature for 22 months in a new and a second fill French oak barrel. No fining agents used and only filtered lightly at bottling.

Auction Year: 2018

Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2016

The grapes were gently crushed and pressed, 100% barrel fermented and matured for 16 months in a new and a second fill 300 litre French oak barrel. This wine was fermented with natural yeast to ensure that the uniqueness of our distinct terroir was revealed. Fermentation took eight months to complete. Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged in order to protect the varietal characters.

Auction Year: 2018

Rijk's CWG Pinotage 2014

Grapes were hand-picked at night. A 56 hour cold maceration period was given prior to
fermentation. Pigeage took place three times a day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 4° balling. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrels, racked, returned and left to mature for 22 months in a new and a second fill French oak barrel.

Auction Year: 2017

Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2015

The grapes were gently crushed and pressed, 100% barrel fermented and matured for 14
months in a new and a second fi ll 300 litre French oak barrel. This wine was fermented
with natural yeast to ensure that the uniqueness of our distinct terroir was revealed.
Fermentation took eight months to complete. Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged
in order to protect the varietal characters.

Auction Year: 2017

Rijk's CWG Pinotage 2013

To ensure maximum fruit and colour retention, the grapes were hand-picked in the cool of
the night. The crushed berries were given a 48 hour cold maceration prior to fermentation.
Manual punch-downs were done three times a day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were
pressed at 5° Balling. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months
in one new and one second fill French oak barrel.

Auction Year: 2016

Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2013

The grapes were hand-picked at night. 100% barrel fermented and matured for 14 months
in one new and one second fill 300 litre French oak barrel. This wine was fermented with
natural yeast. No malolactic fermentation took place in order to preserve the natural acids
and varietal purity of this diverse cultivar.

Auction Year: 2016

Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2013

The grapes were hand-picked at night. 100% barrel fermented and matured for 14 months
in one new and one second fill 300 litre French oak barrel. This wine was fermented with
natural yeast. No malolactic fermentation took place in order to preserve the natural acids
and varietal purity of this diverse cultivar.

Auction Year: 2016

Rijk's CWG Pinotage 2012

To ensure maximum fruit and colour retention, the grapes were hand-picked in the cool of
the night. The crushed berries were given a 56 hour cold maceration prior to fermentation.
Pigeage took place 3 times a day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 5°B.
Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in one new and one
second fill French oak barrel.

Auction Year: 2015

Rijk's CWG Pinotage 2011

The grapes were hand-picked at night. 56 hours cold maceration prior to fermentation. Pigeage took place 3 times per day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 5 degrees balling. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in 50% new and 50% second fill French oak barrels. Tasting Notes: This opaque-black coloured wine has a complex nose of liquorice and blackcurrant, supported by some fynbos aromas. These exquisite aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy palate. Silky, well-integrated and elegant tannins keep this wine in perfect harmony and balance.

Auction Year: 2014

Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2013

The grapes were hand-picked at night. 100% barrel fermented and matured for 14 months in one new and one second fill 300 litre French oak barrel. This wine was fermented with natural yeast. No malolactic fermentation took place. Tasting Notes: Exotic fruit aromas dominate the nose with hints of pineapple, nectarines and butterscotch. A rich, creamy palate is well balanced and freshened up by the presence of a lively acidity. This wine is full bodied and has a long finish.

Auction Year: 2014

Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2012

The grapes were hand-picked at night, 100% barrel fermented and matured for 12 months in one new and one 2nd fill 300 litre French oak barrel. This wine was fermented with natural yeast. No malolactic fermentation took place. Tasting Notes: Attractive stone-fruit aromas dominate the nose with hints of citrus blossoms, butterscotch and pine nut. A rich, creamy palate is well balanced and freshened up by the presence of a lively acidity. This wine is full bodied and has a long finish.

Auction Year: 2013

Rijk's CWG Shiraz 2011

Hand-picked in the cool of the night to retain freshness and flavours. 48 hours cold maceration (10 degrees C) prior to fermentation. 20% of the grapes were not crushed and destemmed and were left to ferment beneath the crushed grapes. Extraction was done by doing a combination of pump-overs and pigeage three times per day. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in a new 300 litre French oak barrel. Tasting Notes: The wine has an exceptional vibrant red colour. A complex nose of black and white pepper spices with liquorice, bramble and black fruit undertones. Well-structured, elegant tannins support a multi-layered, creamy palate and ensure great harmony and balance.

Auction Year: 2013

Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2011

The grapes were hand picked at night. 100% barrel fermented and matured for 15 months in a second fill French oak barrel. This wine was fermented with a slow fermenting yeast strain to produce a certain amount of 'volume'. No malolactic fermentation took place. Tasting Notes: Attractive stone-fruit aromas dominate the nose with hints of quince and pine nut. A rich, creamy palate is well balanced and freshened up by the presence of a lively acidity. This wine is full bodied and has a long finish.

Auction Year: 2012

Rijk's CWG Pinotage 2010

The grapes were hand picked at night and went through 56 hours cold maceration prior to fermentation. Pigeage took place 3 times per day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 5 degrees balling. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Matured for 22 months in 33% new and 67% second fill French oak barrels. Tasting Notes: This world-class wine has a vibrant deep red colour with an intense nose of ripe black cherries and bramble fruit, with underlying vanilla and cinnamon notes. The palate is well weighted and balanced, with elegant tannin to ensure a great maturation potential.

Auction Year: 2012

Rijk's CWG Pinotage 2009

100% Pinotage The grapes were hand picked at night. 56 hours cold maceration prior to fermentation. Pigeage took place 3 times per day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 5 degrees balling. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Matured for 20 months in 70% new and 30% 2nd fill French oak barrels. Tasting note: Alluring rich red colour. Intense nose of cherries and bramble fruit with underlying cinnamon notes. The palate is well weighted and balanced, with elegant tannin to ensure great maturation potential. The wine will be ready for drinking in 2014.

Auction Year: 2011

Rijk's CWG Chenin Blanc 2010

100% Chenin blanc The grapes were hand picked at night, 100% barrel fermented and matured for 12 months in 40% new and 60% 2nd fill French oak barrels. 50% of this wine was fermented with wild yeast. No malolactic fermentation took place. Tasting note: Light straw colour. Attractive peach and apricot aromas dominate the nose with hints of quince and apple strudel. These aromas are well supported by a nutty presence which originates from the use of quality oak. This wine has a full bodied palate with a lasting aftertaste. Drink now and until 2013.

Auction Year: 2011

Rijk's Private Cellar Auction Reserve Semillon / Sauvignon blanc 2009

Grapes were picked by hand in the cool of the night. The Semillon was fermented in new 300 Litre French oak barrels and matured for 12 months on the lees before being blended with the Sauvignon Blanc that was 50% tank fermented and 50% barrel fermented. Soft filtration prior to bottling. Tasting note: Straw coloured with a green tint. Intense white asparagus and grassy nose - typical aromas for a cool vintage. Full bodied, juicy mouth-feel is finished off with a balanced acid to keep the palate fresh and zesty.

Auction Year: 2010

Rijk's Private Cellar Auction Reserve Chenin blanc 2009

Grapes were hand-picked at night. 100% barrel fermented and matured for 12 months in 50% new and 50% 2nd fill French oak. 20% of this wine was fermented with wild yeast. No malolactic fermentation took place. Tasting note: Goldish colour. Complex yellow fruit nose with hints of quince and pine nut. These aromas are well supported by a nutty presence which originates from the use of quality oak. This wine has a full bodied palate with a lasting aftertaste.

Auction Year: 2010