Ghost Corner2017-06-15T13:47:31+00:00

History

The extreme and mysterious landscape at the southernmost tip of Africa has been the inspiration for the Ghost Corner wines. More than 130 ships have found their last resting place in these treacherous waters where compass readings show no deviation between magnetic and true north and navigation was just about impossible on dark and stormy nights.

Inland from this dramatic coastline, in the Elim Ward, lie the vineyards where David Nieuwoudt is making the most of excellent growing conditions, cooling southeasterly breezes and extreme climate. The deep lime-rich soil with plentiful slate and gravel deposits are perfect for growing Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir grapes.

Ghost Corner is a range of wines that linger on the palate, evoking a sense of mysteries past. These are unique wines from an extreme terrior at the southernmost tip of Africa.

Naturally fermented sauvignon blanc. Enticing aromas of fleshy white pear and quince with an illusion of sweetness. Nine months barrel maturation gives a creamy, full-palate with beautiful length. Well paired with fresh seafood or a creamy pasta. Best enjoyed right away, but potential to age up to five years.

Accolades

  • Platter SA Wine Guide’15: 4.5 star
  • Top 100 SA Wines’14

Ghost Corner Wines

A unique Sauvignon blanc that cannot be compared to any other. Powerful concentrated layers of green figs and gooseberries, with a touch of grapefruit, fynbos and a steely minerality on the palate. A reflection of the cool maritime climate of Elim where the grapes are sourced. Lees contact during the winemaking process creates length and richness on the aftertaste, which will progress even more over the next 2 or 3 years. This wine can stand its own against any great seafood or poultry dishes.

Accolades

  • Platter SA Wine Guide’15: 4.5 star
  • Robert Parker’14: 88 points
  • Decanter World Wine Awards’13: International Trophy for Top Sauvignon Blanc above £15
  • Veritas’13: Gold
  • SA Wine Index Awards’13: Platinum
  • Decanter World Wine Awards’13: Regional Trophy
  • Top 100 SA Wines’13
  • SA Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc’11
  • Sommelier Wine Awards’12: Gold

An aromatic Semillon displaying aromas of green fig, white fruit and nettles characteristic of the cool climate in Elim. A distinct minerality with a slight earthiness on the nose that follows through onto the palate. A small amount of French oak adds a hint of smokiness leading to a creamy palate with a crisp acidity. This wine is especially well suited for strong seafood flavours such as yellowtail, scallops or snoek, as well as lightly smoked meat and rich pork dishes.

Accolades

  • Veritas’14: Double Gold
  • SA Terroir Wine Awards’14: National winner
  • Tim Atkin’14: 93 points
  • Top 100 SA Wines’14
  • Platter SA Wine Guide’14: Four star
  • SA Wine Index Awards’13: Best in category & Platinum
  • IWSC’12: Gold Outstanding
  • SA Terroir Wine Awards: Semillon Trophy

A beautifully crafted Pinot noir with prominent red fruit of ripe cherries and sweet raspberries with an undertone of earthy, mushroom nuances. A silky palate with berries and delicate oak components following through. To be enjoyed on its own, but well paired with a mushroom soup or crispy duck and chicken dishes. A wine to be aged for another 3 – 5 years.

Accolades

  • Platter SA Wine Guide’15: 4.5 star
  • Robert Parker’14: 90 points

Sailors call the bowline the ‘king of knots’- a strong simple knot that symbolises union, completion and eternal devotion. This white blend ‘ties the knot’ between Sauvignon blanc and Semillon. Ripe asparagus notes from the Sauvignon blanc complement the green fig and dusty elements from the Semillon. A complex wine with well-balanced oak with a refreshing, smooth finish. Enjoyed with roast chicken or fresh seafood.

Accolades

  • Platter SA Wine Guide’15: 4.5 star
  • Tim Atkin’14: 93 points
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards’14: Gold