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Mother Rock

Mother Rock

The holy trinity of good vine age (29 years), difficult soils (decomposed granite and Malmesbury Shale) and organic, dry-farming come together in the single vineyard site that provides the grapes for this nuanced wine. The grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning to help retain freshness in the finished wine and then transported back to the winery where they undergo 100% whole bunch fermentation for around 10 days. The juice then spends an additional 22 days “post ferment” on the skins for tannin integration. Aging occurs for 11 months in old French oak on the gross lees, after which the wine was blended and bottled in April 2017. No fining or filtration upon bottling.

This is a Grenache that shows why so many winemakers see such potential in the variety - it combines elegance and delicacy with real concentration and character. Such a fun wine.

  • Region: Swartland
  • Varietal: 100% Grenache
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Single vineyard in Paardeberg regio, between Paarl and Malmesbury
  • Vine Age: 29 years old
  • Yield: 5 tons per hectare
  • Soil Type: Decomposed Granite with Malmesbury Shale
  • TA: 5.5g/L
  • pH: 3.63
  • Residual Sugar: 2.0g/L
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Harvest Date: April 2, 2017
  • Skin Contact: 22 days
  • Oak: 11 months in 4 year old French oak
  • Production: 220 cases
Winery & Regional Information

The Swartland begins roughly 30 miles north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. Learn More »



Johan Meyer, AKA “Stompie”, has made a name for himself in the ever-emerging South African wine industry in a very short time. While his namesake ‘Signature’ wines reflect his love of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Stompie is not one to limit himself and thus created the Mother Rock Wines wines in collaboration with his UK importer Ben Henshaw of Indigo Wines. Learn More »

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