Inspired by many travels to New Zealand, California and Burgundy, Johan Meyer, AKA “Stompie”, has been scouting vineyards hoping to produce the best South Africa can offer, giving honor to the world’s most elite varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Johan established his namesake winery in 2010, and looking back on his time working harvests around the world, was set on making site-specific, natural wines that reflect the place and grape in the most honest manner. He works with only organically farmed fruit and farmed most of the blocks himself setting up long term leases only with trusted growers whose expertise he can lean on. Stompie and his wife Anri recently purchased a small farm atop the Piketberg mountain in the northwestern reaches of the Swartland, where they are establishing their family legacy, including their latest addition in early March 2020 with the arrival of their daughter Isabelle. The three Meyers along with a harem of ridgebacks called their little homestead Platteklip Vineyard. It is situated just 18 miles from the Atlantic Ocean at between 2,000-2,600 feet above sea level in a small valley. He and Anri are working to establish a new W.O. called Piketberg, or Piket-bo-berg, for the lands around their vineyard because it truly is nothing like the Swartland. The proximity to the sea and altitude makes for climate that is similar to the cool enclave of Elgin and the soils are the sandstone found further south in Constantia.
Learning and fully understanding the unique South African terroir, understanding and learning from the vines and telling their story is ultimately the best way to sum up the vision and passion behind J.H. Meyer. In the winery there is no SO2 added before or during fermentation but it’s a natural element that comes from the vines and there is always some SO2 in the wines. That being said, most of the wines are lightly sulfured before bottling for preservation and stability.
In short, the wines are simply “natural fermented grape juice.”