OUR STORY

When Mulderbosch founder, Larry Jacobs, bought the farm in 1989 the community referred to the property as “vuilplasie”, Afrikaans for “dirty little farm”. Shortly after, he partnered with Mike Dobrovic, known as the South African Mr Sauvignon Blanc, and together they cleaned up the property and planted the first vineyards. A (small) cellar was later built and the first set of wines were released: Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The dream was to produce wine, but certainly not just any wine; they had to consistently reflect innovation, creativity and excellence.

Soon, Mulderbosch gained international traction with a growing list of accolades and awards. In 2011, Mulderbosch was ushered into a new era of management, introducing Adam as head of winemaking. These changes ensured further international success and our position as leaders within the South African wine industry.

As an innovator, Mulderbosch was the first producer in the country to successfully create a barrel-fermented style of Chenin Blanc, and so our ‘Steen Op Hout’ label was born. Trailblazing the infant rosé category with our Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon continued this thread of innovation. Today, Mulderbosch has achieved commercial success world-wide and has affirmed our identity as a producer of distinctive wines, representative of the soils and climate in which our grapes are grown.

WINEMAKING

Mulderbosch Vineyards focuses on producing quality wines that respect and preserve age-old winemaking traditions whilst remaining aware of the benefits of modernisation.

Within our functional winery we have a range of stainless-steel tank sizes, all with efficient temperature control, and over the years we have accumulated a good selection of neutral 500L barrels which play an important role in the maturation of several of our wines. All of our wines can be enjoyed upon release, but with careful cellaring will mature for a further 10-15 years.

THE WINERY

Mulderbosch Vineyards focuses on producing quality wines that respect and preserve age-old winemaking traditions whilst remaining aware of the benefits of modernisation.

Within our functional winery we have a range of stainless-steel tank sizes, all with efficient temperature control, and over the years we have accumulated a good selection of neutral 500L barrels which play an important role in the maturation of several of our wines. All of our wines can be enjoyed upon release, but with careful cellaring will mature for a further 10-15 years.

THE TEAM

HENRY KOTZÉ

HEAD WINEMAKER

Henry may not have been born in Stellenbosch, but he has lived here most of his life, going to high school and university here and working at some of the region’s most highly regarded wineries. Most recently, he spent almost 11 years at Morgenster where he had the privilege of working closely with consultant Pierre Lurton of Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Cheval Blanc.

Over the more than two decades he has spent winemaking in Stellenbosch, Henry has developed a thorough conversancy with the region’s diverse range of sites, their defining profiles and their individual nuances. He understands in such rich detail the potential of the land here and knows intimately how best to coax varietal expression from specific sites.

MICK CRAVEN

WINEMAKER

With a Bachelor of Oenology from the University of Adelaide and winemaking experience in Australia, France, Germany and California, Mick brings an injection of youthful fervour and idiosyncratic Aussie humour to the winemaking team.

WERNER WESSELS

FARM MANAGER

Born and raised in the Cape Winelands, Werner Wessels brings a wealth of expertise and hands-on experience to his job as Farm Manager. With a proven talent for leading and motivating his team, Werner is now applying his skills to further enhance Mulderbosch Vineyards’ reputation.

VINEYARDS

Mulderbosch wines are made using our own vineyards and those from the surrounding Stellenbosch region in addition to several coastal origin sites. We are always in search of unique vineyards, grown and harvested responsibly, that reflect the distinctive elements of the environment in which they grow.

Vineyard diversity:

In 2019, aside from our own vineyards, we sourced an additional 17 blocks of grapes from 10 growers in Stellenbosch and 2 from the Coastal regions of Darling and Philadelphia.

All our wines are certified as Wine of Origin Stellenbosch with the exception of our Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon which is certified as Wine of Origin Coastal Region. Believing as we do in the importance of vineyard site, we produce two single vineyard wines- a Chenin Blanc sourced from a celebrated site close to False Bay, and a Cabernet Franc from a very special site here on Mulderbosch.

Site Selection:
  • Cooler locations with close proximity to False Bay yield grapes of more intense flavour and balanced acidity;
  • South/South-East facing slopes are given preference due to their cooler aspect;
The soil composition of each vineyard influences not only the date of harvest, but also the winemaking approach in order to achieve the best possible expression of each site.
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GALLERY

OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Mulderbosch Vineyards are committed to a solid set of practices and policies that ensures the conservation of indigenous land and responsible farming and winemaking methods set forth by the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW), a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme.

We consistently strive to preserve and conserve our vineyards and surrounding lands and manage our vineyards in a considered, pragmatic approach limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. The long-term committed relationships with our growers allow us to source grapes from vineyards that are managed in the same responsible ways.

Our belief in the importance of soil health has led to intensive cover-cropping in order to preserve and increase topsoil condition, and the implementation of an  composting program whereby our entire grape production is composted and returned to the soil.

All our winery waste water is treated on site in a state-of the art bio-reactor after which it is discharged into our natural wetland and further filtered by indigenous reed beds.

We actively participate in Arbor Week each year and in 2018 committed to plant 1000 new trees on the Mulderbosch property. The majority of the trees will be planted on a piece of land in front of our Tasting Destination. In time, this will reward visitors with an indigenous forest and the associated wildlife it will attract.

Our environmental objective is to connect our vineyards and our community with customers by creating an authentically made, socially responsible range of wines.

COMMUNITY

As a WIETA compliant wine producer, we commit to ethical trade in the wine industry value chain through training and technical assessment to ensure a good code of practice.

Our community vegetable garden project aims to promote entrepreneurship amongst the families of the Mulderbosch employees and so forth increase a broader participation within the economy. This, we believe, will breed a whole new generation of young businessmen and -women, creating their own future and at the same time building an economy based on small business and family enterprises that is resilient and robust. Through this project we hope to teach the values of business skills to our community.

COMMUNITY

As a WIETA compliant wine producer, we commit to ethical trade in the wine industry value chain through training and technical assessment to ensure a good code of practice.

Our community vegetable garden project aims to promote entrepreneurship amongst the families of the Mulderbosch employees and so forth increase a broader participation within the economy. This, we believe, will breed a whole new generation of young businessmen and -women, creating their own future and at the same time building an economy based on small business and family enterprises that is resilient and robust. Through this project we hope to teach the values of business skills to our community.