- Vineyard Area: 4 ha
- Soil Type: Deep weathered granite soils
- Varieties Cultivated: Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinotage
- Annual Production: 4,000 bottles
- Country: South Africa
- Winemaker: Nicolas Ricome
- Topography: South facing vineyard almost at top of hill overlooking the valley
While most people summit Table Mountain by cable car, true Capetonians choose to climb Lion’s Kop. It is one of the range’s most majestic peaks, revealing to the willing explorer a rare and exceptional view over Cape Town city and bay. Lion’s Kop Sauvignon Blanc is produced from one cool single vineyard that lies on top of a hill overlooking the valley of Stellenbosch- the vineyard for Lion’s Kop Pinotage is very close to this site. Here on the “Stellenbosch Kloof”, prevented from the drying South Easter wind by the Stellenbosch mountain range, the vines develop in a perfect setting in South facing vineyards upon deep weathered granite soils with prevailing False Bay sea breezes to encourage a long and gentle ripening.
Lion’s Kop Merlot originates from three different vineyards, from which grapes were extremely carefully selected for their specific characteristics. Durbanville fruit, where Merlot fully ripens under rather cool conditions, lends a beautiful mineral character; Hermanus Hermanus, from an ocean side vineyard, provides a hint of mint, and a lot of freshness; Stellenbosch is the third origin of the grapes where bush vines (non irrigated vines), deep into the Stellenbosch Valley, provide highly concentrated black fruits that add an intense ripe fruit note to the Lions Kop Merlot.