Broad Valley Wines: A wholehearted love affair

In the scenic Overberg, 10km from Walker Bay, and situated at the northern end of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, David and Leigh Kretzmar were enthralled by the beauty of the Broad Valley and all it had to offer, and so the pair purchased the 105-hectare farm, which features the perfect terroir for growing the classic Burgundian cultivars of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

David Kretzmar, a lover of wide, open spaces, yearned for a footing he could call his own in the countryside. In 2010, the Broad Valley farm was bought by the couple, with the initial intention of making it the perfect family getaway home. They then tried their hand at cultivating French black truffles at the farm and even considered investing their efforts in commercial lavender farming. The farm however, ultimately – and quite correctly – became the birthplace of Broad Valley Wines.

“The whole property evolved very organically,” explains Leigh, who has worked as a French translator for multinational corporations across West Africa. “We never set out with a grand vision for the farm, but it grew naturally as we cleared the land and made the decision to plant vineyards. And, of course, once it started, we didn’t want the project to be done half-heartedly.”

From 5,6ha of Pinot Noir and a 4,7ha stretch of Chardonnay, the farm has cultivated delicious wines with the help of renowned winemaker Kevin Grant, who is a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers’ Guild.

Planted on north-facing slopes, the vineyards share the cool-climate qualities of the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde, with prevailing winds along the valley enhancing the maritime characteristics of the site. Shale and sandstone soils, with clay substrata, add both minerality and complexity to the wines. The grapes for the first Broad Valley wines were handpicked in the cool of the night and vinified at a nearby cellar.

“We didn’t want to be a one-trick-pony, and Chardonnay does extremely well in the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde valley,”explains David, who expects the first Chardonnay harvest in the 2018 vintage.

While the firm acidity of 2014 imbues the wine with a pleasingly austere character, there has been a notable progression through the vintages, as both the vineyards and winemaking philosophy evolve. With smoky, nutmeg aromas on the nose, the 2015 vintage brings deeper fruit and sought-after ripeness. Flavours of black cherry and cassis marry with a savoury foundation, while bright acidity ensures freshness on the palate.

The family has also planted 5ha of olive orchards to produce the unique Broad Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the homestead.

The recommended retail price of the Broad Valley Pinot Noir 2014 is R195 per bottle and R215 for the 2015 vintage. Broad Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be purchase from the farm at R115 (500ml bottle) and R350 (two-litre container).

– Broad Valley Wines

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