When founders Larry Jacobs and Mike Dobrovic started Mulderbosch in 1989, they weren’t afraid to aim high. They’d found a run-down old fruit farm with no history of viticulture. But fuelled by unstoppable optimism and good instincts, they figured there was good wine potential in the humble property that had lain fallow for close to a century. They got to work, cleared away the accumulation of years of neglect and uncovered what turned out to be one of the most exciting wine-growing corners of Stellenbosch.
It wasn’t long before their wines with uniquely vertical labels, were thrilling wine enthusiasts.
They knew how to make the most of Mulderbosch, its varied soils and diverse topography of sloping hills and valleys, plus its cooling closeness to the sea. And right from the maiden vintage of 1992, they began to earn many accolades and international acclaim. It’s been that way pretty much ever since.
Those of us to come after Larry and Mike have done our best to maintain their track record and build on the reputation they established. We owe it to them as much as to our many supporters all over the world.
We take our inspiration from their visionary optimism. As a team we’ll never forget what they managed to achieve with such foresight and confidence in the future. We still pursue the same dreams and work to the same principles of excellence, creativity, and innovation. We’re proud that the shout-outs and awards continue. It doesn’t stop there, though. Ours is an ongoing pursuit, for the more we learn, the more we know there is to know.
Amongst our earlier innovations were trailblazing wines such as our Sauvignon Blanc that has become the benchmark against which other local versions of the grape are measured; a barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc (aka Steen) with our Steen Op Hout; a Cap Classique using all three classic Champagne varietals (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) rather than South Africa’s more common duet of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; and establishing Cabernet Sauvignon as a credible grape for still and sparkling rosé wines. By focusing on excellence and innovation, we’ve been able to build an exciting and diverse collection of ten well-loved red, white, and rosé, single variety, single vineyard and blended wines. Refreshing, beautifully balanced and delicious, they are all made to express our varied terroir and classical styling.
These days, many of the innovations come from paying the closest and most detailed attention to what happens below and above ground. From the health of the soils where our vines take deep root, to the well-being, harmony, resilience, and longevity of our vineyards. From the detailed, mindful viticultural practices we follow, to the environment we have created to protect and promote biodiversity. From the gentle handling of the firm, optimally ripened and flavourful fruit that comes into our cellar, to the way we stand back to let our wines speak for themselves.