Aan de voet van de Langeberg, vlakbij Bonnievale (Robertson) ligt het wijnestate van Menno Schaafsma. Hij heeft zijn geld vooral in de horeca verdiend, de goedlopende ‘The Pancake Bakery’ in Amsterdam als paradepaardje. Op de farm van 200 hectare staat 52 hectare wijngaard: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, mourvèdre, shiraz en sauvignon blanc. In tien jaar tijd is er een fraai estate neergezet, waar Arthur Basson de scepter zwaait qua wijngaard en wijnmaken.
Our philosophy is to combine the exceptional conditions of this new world terroir with the most outstanding French varieties to create the best of both worlds, so the choice of location was very important. The Robertson valley is blessed with rich alluvial soil along, consistent summer temperatures, low annual rainfall and light humidity.
Bushmanspad was totally renovated in 2000 and 2001 after which, with new plantings, awards were immediately won with the new made wines for every year in many competitions. Export markets were found in Holland and China while upmarket restaurants in the Cape, like for instance the Blues in Camps Bay and Belthazar in the V & A Waterfront put the wines, on their wine list. Our winemaker Arthur Basson and owner Menno Schaafsma form a very inspired partnership to create special wines with charactaristics that surprise many wine lovers in South Africa as well as overseas. The vineyards, all planted in 2001 and 2002 , are now in their prime and it proves again that a good wine can only be made when things are very right in the vineyards.
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