Formally known as Klein Optenhorst MCC

Dainty Bess originally started in 2009 when my parents, Naas and Jenny Ferreira, made sparkling wine from a small vineyard planted at Klein Optenhorst, their unforgettably beautiful garden in Wellington. It was named Klein Optenhorst after the historical name of the property.

After 29 years, they decided to sell the Klein Optenhorst to begin a new gardening venture in Montagu. I resolved to continue producing the wine as it holds many memories of special occasions at our family home, the name now changed to Dainty Bess, after one of my mother's favourite roses.

Area of Origin

The 2016 vintage is harvested from a 23 year old vineyard on Klein Optenhorst in the Bovlei valley of Wellington, with additional grapes harvested from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin.

Varietal 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation Wellington and Elgin
Vineyards Klein Optenhorst, Wellington
0.5 ha planted in 1990 on decomposed granite with underlying clay soils.
The vines are planted 1.2m apart and as such, is farmed without the use of tractors or other heavy machinery.
Clones; PN113 & PN117
Total Yield: 2.414h
Harvest Date: 9 January 2015

Shannon Vineyards, Elgin
'Cottage Block' planted in 2001 (13 years old)
Clones; PN113, 114, 115 & 777
'Block 15' planted in 2005 (9 years old)
Clone; PN115
Harvest Date: 23 January 2015

In the cellar

The two vineyards are harvested in the early hours of the morning and transported to the Graham Beck cellar in Robertson. Whole bunch pressing ensures fractional recovery. After settling of juice the Pinot Noir is fermented in a stainless steel tank at 14 to 15˚ C. The wine is kept in contact with its primary lees for 22 weeks before been stabilized and bottled for secondary fermentation. The wine was left for 34 months on its secondary lees before disgorgement.

Production: A total of 3147 bottles were produced.

Tasting note

Pink with a rose gold tinge in colour. The nose shows cherry, raspberry, Turkish delight, rose petal and some earthy complexity. The palate shows vibrant primary fruit, with fine mousse and a dry fresh finish.