When Johan & Sue met Marelise and chatted about creating a ‘domaine’ together in Bot River, Marelise was instantly sold by the child-like energy that young 70-year-old Johan has. When Marelise and Johan walked the site for the first time, Marelise exclaimed ‘disdit’, meaning ‘this is it.’ It references the fact that she felt the site was perfect for the vision the two of them shared. ‘Disdit’ was first produced in 2017 and in a very short time has ascended the ranks amongst the Cape’s top white blends. The wine shows the complexity and still nuance that the rolling shale riddled steep hills of this prime location in Bot River. This is the last vintage where the wine is not labeled as ‘estate’ as it was made at Johan’s brother’s winery down the road called ‘Gabriëlskloof.’
The grapes were hand-picked with the Chenin Blanc coming in two weeks ahead of the Rhône varieties. All of the varieties were whole-bunch pressed in an old-basket pressed maximizing extraction of the grapes direct to a mixture of old 225, 300, and 400L barrels. The Grenache Blanc and Roussanne are co-fermented with the tautness of the former and the waxiness of the harmonizing nicely. The cloudy wine spent 10 months on the gross lees prior to being racked and blended to tank for an additional six weeks of settling. The wine underwent a light filtration and addition of sulfur at bottling.