Van Wyk Family Wines
South Africa Constantia Nek
Van Wyk Family Wines is the latest project from Justin Van Wyk of Constantia Glen fame. 2016 was Justin’s first vintage under the Van Wyk Family Wines label. It was formed out of an interest in sourcing grapes from old vines, specifically Chenin Bland and Cinsault from what he describes as ‘undiscovered’ vineyards. Since its inception, he has worked continuously to explore the vineyards of the Cape to explore parcels and sites which offered the best potential. In addition to old vine Chenin Blanc and Cinsault, his interest lies with cool climate Syrah which he sources from the Elgin Valley. Sourcing fruit to vinify in his own style requires a very hands-on approach. Justin works with the growers throughout the vintage, decides on picking dates and collecting grapes in the early morning so that the grapes reach the cellar before it becomes too warm in the day.
Besides being very selective about chosen vineyards and varieties, Justin says he aims to make honest and elegant wines that are expressive of nature, circumstance, and his passion for the Cape’s heritage grape varieties.
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